Wangduephodrang is akin to an extended village with a few well-stocked provision shops featuring food and dairy products. The village is located south of Punakha and is the last town before you arrive in central Bhutan. The higher reaches of the Wangduephodrang valley provide rich pastureland for cattle. The entire region happens to be known for its fine bamboo artisanship, stone carvings, and slates. Your travel in Bhutan is incomplete without visiting this picturesque hamlet.
Wangduephodrang Dzong is located along the hilltop above the meeting point of Punakha Chu and Tang Chu rivers, the majestic Wangduephodrang Dzong is the town's most visible feature. The monument is open in its full glory to visitors during the festival of Wangduephodrang Tsechu, celebrated during the autumn months.
Gangtey Gompa / Phobjikha
Perched in the mountains on the east of Wangduephodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha Valley. It is located on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey which was established in the 17th century AD. The village of Phobjikha is situated a few kilometers from the monastery on the valley floor. This serene, remote valley is the winter home of hundreds of black necked cranes which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet which lies in the north to spend the winter months in a milder climate.