Wangduephodrang

Wangdiphodrang (Alt 1230 m) – Riding an Elephant

The last town before central Bhutan, Wangdiphodrang is like an enlarged village with a few well provided shops. Located towards the south of Punakha, the higher reaches of the Wangdiphodrang valley provide rich pastureland for cattle. This district is also famous for its fine bamboo work and its slate, stone carvings.
Legend has it that the Zhabdrung was given Divine directions to build a fort on a hill that looked like an elephant. He did, and Wangduephodrang Dzong proved critical in unifying the western, central and southern districts.
The town that neighbours the dzong today is a cluster of small buildings in the new town that include one or two establishment which serve as lunch-stops for tourists. It is a pretty town whose residents are known to keep it conspicuously clean.

The Rinchengang village is worth a visit if time permitting.Furth 1 hour drive east, this district includes the Phobjikha Valley ( Alt 2600m) the Home of the black necked cranes arriving from Tibet during the harsh winter in late october and staying and nesting until late march. The most impressive private monastery stands perched on a hill called the Gangtey Monastery. A Nyingmapa sect head.

Furth 1 hour drive east, this district includes the Phobjikha Valley ( Alt 2600m) the Home of the black necked cranes arriving from Tibet during the harsh winter in late october and staying and nesting until late march. The most impressive private monastery stands perched on a hill called the Gangtey Monastery. A Nyingmapa sect head.

PLACES OF INTEREST :
Rinchengang Village, Local Market, Wangdi Dzong