WANGDUE PHODRANG

Wangduephodrang is the last town before the long stretch of highway before proceeding further to central and eastern parts of Bhutan. It's a small clean town with few shops, and it's known for its slate and stone carvings and bamboo works. Situated on the hill is the Wangduephodrang Dzong, which had political significance in the 17th century.

Along the way to central and eastern Bhutan, about a two-hour drive from Wangduephodrang, a short diversion will take the guests to Gantey Gompa, which is a beautifully located monastery in a wonderful valley. While the guests are there, they can explore Phobjika Valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes, which migrate from Tibet every year in late autumn for winter roosting.


Places of Interest in Wangddue Phodrang:
Wangdue Dzong was built in 1639 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It is perched on a ridge that is said to resemble a ‘sleeping elephant’ and looking over the convergence of the Punatsang chhu and the Dang chhu. The Dzong underwent expansion, modifications and restorations under several powerful lords of the time. In 1837, it was destroyed by a fire and later rebuilt.  During the reign of the Third King of Bhutan, the Dzong was once again renovated.  However, today it remains in ruins as the dzong was once again razed to ground by fire on 24 June  2012.  The reconstruction of the Dzong is in good progress after the Stone Laying Ceremony took place end of January 2014 by His Majesty the King and His Holiness the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot).