One of the three road entry points in Bhutan is located in Gelephu, bordering the Indian State of Assam. The district is known to produce abundant cardamoms, ginger, lemon, bananas, mangoes, and oranges, which is exported to India and Bangladesh. With a large portion of the Royal Manas National Park falling in the district, it is rich in biodiversity and wildlife such as elephants, Golden Langurs, and Bengal Tigers that people often come across. Gelephu town is also known for the establishment of the only modern liquor bottling industry in the country called the Army Welfare Project (AWP) company.
With limited attractions and tourist standard service facilities, Gelephu serves as a border town gateway, normally just a one-night stop on-route. The drive from Gelephu to Thimphu is approximately 241kms and takes around 7hrs.