Located at an altitude of 1364 meters, Wangdue Phodrang is a gateway to eastern part of Bhutan. It usually takes thirty minutes from Punakha and two and half hours drive from Thimphu to reach Wangdue. The district is the biggest district in Bhutan, comprising of 4300 sqm area and spread across altitude ranging from 800- 5800 meters. The area is characterized with numerous small villages and Bhutan’s rural culture at its best, can be experience here. The villages of Gaselo and Nahee are good spot for picnics, the area is primarily agrarian and beautiful rice terrace field has can be seen here. West of Wangdue lies a village called Shaa, of particular interest the locals practice animism here. The animists are nature worshippers, a festival occurs every three years called the “Bonko’ (an animist festival) which is a delight for the locals and a rare treat for the visitors. Other festivals hosted in the district are Wangduephodrang Festival and Black neck crane festival. Please refer to festival calendar for details. Ample hotel option are available in the valley to suit all pockets. The phobjika valley particularly has some nice Luxury hotels such as the ultra-luxe Amankora and Gangtey Goenba Lodge. Should you stay here don’t forget to try their Hot-air balloon service. For more details on hotel refer to our hotels in Wangdue page.
Places to see in Wangdue Phodrang
Wangdue Phodrang Dzong: Located atop a hill, the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong is one of the most iconic structures in Bhutan. The Dzong commands a majestic view of the Punatsangchhu and Dhangchhu rivers. The fetters is currently been rebuilt after the tragic fire which razed it to grounds.
Dargay Goempa: This temple is dedicated to Lam Drukpa Kuenley, bhutan’s iconic saint, known for his unusual religious practices. The temple is built on the area when the lam met Ashi Genzo, who was famed for her beauty.
Gangtey Goemba: Built in the 17th century by Je Kuenga Gyaltshen, the Gangtey Goemba is located in Phobjikha valley (East of Wangdi). The monastery sits on a hilltop at an altitude of 2800 meters and commands a mesmerizing view of phobjika valley.
Phobjika Village: Home to the rare blacked necked cranes, phobjika valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan. The village is popular for its conservation efforts directed at maintaining the valley as natural habitat of the migratory endangered cranes. The famous black necked crane festival takes places in the village annually. The village is also very popular for overnight camping, nature walks and hikes.
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