Wangdue Phodrang

About Wangdue Phodrang

  • Wangdue Phodrang is one the biggest districts in the country with an area of 4029.03 sq. km with population of more than forty thousand local residences in the district. The valley elevates from 800m and can reach all the way up to 5800 meters which is the main reason why this district undergoes extreme climatic conditions. Dzongkha is the dominant language in the region.

  • It can get very hot in summer and quite chilly in the winter because of the difference in the ecological zones within the district. The district is also a segment of the Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park and Wangchuck Centennial Park.  It supports a rich array of biodiversity such as endangered species like Tigers, Red Pandas and Black Necked Cranes. Phobjikha valley is one of the most popular places in the nation and it falls under Wangdue Phodrang district. Phobjikha valley is indeed very beautiful and there is a lot see there. See more about Phobjikha here – Phobjikha Valley

  • Wangdue Phodrang Dzong is another popular sites in the district with its majestic location and authentic beauty. It is believed that Zhabdrung founded the famous Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, upon the guidance from the great Yeshey Goenpo, also called Mahakala who visited him at Chimi Lhakhang in Punakha and gave him ideas about building a Dzong on the edge of a hill in Wangdue Phodrang. When Zhabdrung sent some inspectors to survey the area, they witnessed four ravens flying in circles around the spot where the Dzong was to be built. When Zhabdrung heard about this he commanded the building of the Dzong as he believed that those ravens conveyed auspicious symbols.  

  • It is where the great Dangchhu and Punatsangchhu meet forming a bigger river channel. With its varying ecological zones and magnificent landscape, Wangdue Phodrang is definitely a place to be.

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