Wangdue Phodrang Bhutan
A 30-minute drive from Punakha is Wangduephodrang. It's more familiarly known as Wangdue. At 4,300 ft Wangduephodrang is distinguished primarily by its dzong, which completely covers the spur of a hill and commands excellent views of both the east-west and north-south routes. A bustling market with well-stocked shops and a pretty view over its own valley and Dzong. Wangdue is a good place to stretch your legs and wander around the shops before heading East.
Places to Visit
- Samdruk Jongkhar
Bhutan Festival Dates
Places of interest in Wangdue Phodrang
Wangdue Phodrang Dzong
This Dzong was founded by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1638. It is located on top of a high ridge overlooking a river junction.
This is the winter home of the rare Black-necked Crane, an endangered species that migrates from its northern habitats in Tibet and Siberia, each winter.
Gangtey Goenpa is a major attraction with an ol monastery dating back to the 16th century.