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Gangtey Gompa

Perched on a hillock overlooking the Phobjikha valley, the Gangtey Gompa is the largest Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan founded in 1613 by Gyalse Pema Thinley, a grandson, and reincarnation of influential treasure finder Pema Lingpa. The ninth Gangtey Trulku heads it.

The monastery is named after the Gangtey village, a small village in Phobjikha valley where the black-necked cranes migrate from the Tibetan plateau and roost in the winter. The monastery is bounded on the west by the Black Mountains (range over 5,000 m), which are inhabited by nomadic shepherds and yak herders.

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

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

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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