Wangdue Phodrang is the district of central Bhutan. This is also the name of the Dzong (built in 1638) which dominates the district, and the name of the small market town outside the gates of the Dzong. The name is said to have been given by the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal who was searching for the best location for a Dzong to prevent incursions from the south. The Population is 34,300. The word "Wangdue" means unification of Country, and "Phodrang" means Palace in their national language dzongkha.
Top Places to Visit in Wangdue Phodrang
It is the highlight of the last town of western Bhutan. Wangduephodrang DzongIt was built in 1638 and is perched on a spur above the confluence of the Punakha Chu and Dang Chu rivers. It played an important role in our history because the location of this Dzong commends an impressive view over both north-south and east-west highway. The Dzongpon (governor of the region) was the third most powerful in Bhutanese history after the Tongs and Paro Penlop.
GANGTEY GOMPA / PHOBJIKHA
Another highlight of Wangdue is the beautiful PhobjikhaPhobjikha Valley or “the valley of black necked cranes”. This valley is the winter home of black necked cranes that migrate from Tibet. This valley is one of the most beautiful and scenic ones in Bhutan.On the slope overlooking the valley is the Gangtey monastery built in 17th century and is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries of the Nyingma (red hat sect) school of Buddhism.
How to reach?
By Air : Paro International Airport (PBH/VQPR) is the only entry point to Bhutan by air. It is located in the south west of the country and served only by the country's flag carrier Druk Air.
By Road : There are frequent services of Bus between Siliguri and Phuentsholing/Jaigaon. It is roughly a four hour journey. Then there are private buses and shared taxis from Phuentsholing to Thimphu.