Punakha and Wangdue is located in the same valley. These two places are located within a distance of 13 km. It is the last town of Western Bhutan before you enter into the Central Part of Bhutan. Till the year 2012, the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong used to be the town’s most visible feature. Unfortunately, the Dzong was destroyed by fire on 24th June 2012 which was a national tragedy and a huge loss to the nation. The famous Phobjikha Valley is located in Wangdue district. Phobjikha is the winter roosting place for endangered black necked crane and the valley is considered one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in the Himalayas.
PLACES OF INTERESTS:
Phobjikha Valley: It is one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in the Himalayas. It lies at an elevation of 3,000 m and is surrounded by a many small villages. Phobjikha is best known for the rare black necked cranes that migrate here from the Tibetan Plateau to avoid the extremely cold winters. There are also Muntjak (barking deer), wild boar, sambar, Himalayan black bear, leopard and red fox. The valley is a designated conservation area and borders Black Mountain National Park.
Gangtey Goenpa: It is an important monastery of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism, the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is one of the largest Nyingma monastery in Bhutan.
Crane Research Centre: It is a place for recreation with crane watching equipment (binoculars, spotting scopes) and reference books. Activities within the Centre are; early morning crane observation and counting/ crane study using nature trails.
Rinchengang Village: This is small and clusterd village located opposite to Wangduephodrang dzong. It is about 20 minutes hike uphill from the near road and the village is known for its skill in traditional method of stone masonry
Exploring Villages: Exploring the untouched rural villages of Phobjikha can be very interesting and a life time's experience. The hike can be scenic and mind soothing that would provide you with rewarding surprises.
Cultural and Photographic Tours: There are a good number of monasteries and historical places that are within walking distance. The photographic tour begins as soon as one steps out of the room, as the valley offers panoramic views that unfold before you.