Gelephu (alt. 221m / 725 ft)
Gelephu, also known as ‘Hatisar’ in the olden days, meaning elephants residing in the area, is gateway to the south-central region of Bhutan and borders Indian state of Assam. The region experiences sub-tropical climatic conditions having warm and dry winter while wet and hot summer. Favourable terrain, coupled with ideal climatic conditions and the fertile land attributes the area suitable for agricultural activities and people of the region grow rice, maize, millet, nut and ginger. Gelephu is a pleasant border town for an overnight before or after Bhutan trip and is also a gateway to the Royal Manas National Park, the oldest nature reserves in the Kingdom of Bhutan.