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Attractions in Wangdue Phodrang

Wandiphodrang or Wangdi, in short, is another valley at an altitude of 1,300 meters in western Bhutan about half an hour further south of Punakha a three hours drive (70km) southeast of Thimpu. This ancient town lies at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. The valley is comparatively warmer than others, so the royal family of Bhutan also makes their stay at Wangdiphodrang during winter. The Wangdiphodrang Dzong is considered to be the most picturesque of all Dzongs in Bhutan. The founder of Bhutan Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built the Dzong in 1638 on a hilltop at the confluence of the Punakha Chu and Tang Chu Rivers. The Wangdue Festival is celebrated here in the autumn. The Dzong is open for visitors during Wangduephodrang Tsechu Festival.

Lam Drukpa Kuenley is widely considered to be Bhutan’s favorite and most iconic saint due to his unorthodox method of teaching 

Perched on a hillock overlooking the Phobjikha valley, the Gangtey Gompa is the largest Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan 

The temple of Sha Radap, the guardian deity of Wangdue Phodrang region is worth paying a visit. The temple located close to the town

Bhey Langdrag Nye (sacred place) in Wangdue Phodrang is one of the many places blessed by Guru Rinpoche, the Great Indian Buddhist Master

Enjoy the delights of the two villages in the west of the province. Take picnic lunches and drive to these villages on day excursions

To experience the grandeur of these villages, you must prepare yourself for a tented night. You could also use a farmhouse stay and help distribute tourism

East of Wangdue province lays the region of Shaa. The region celebrates Bonko (an animist festival) once in every three years