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Wangduephodrang - (1,300m/4,265ft)

Wangduephodrang (Wangdi-fo-drang) is 21 kilometers from Punakha and takes about 45 minutes to reach. The place is on the east-west traverse road beyond Thimpu. This is commonly known as Wangdi among the locals. This small town is situated in the Wangdue valley in the confluence of the rivers Mo Chu and Tang Chu.

Wangduephodrang is the last western town of Bhutan. Wandue valley is famous for its pastureland for cattle. Tourists usually consider it as a place to relax. Some of the local specialties include fine bamboo works, stone and slate carvings. The literal beauty of the valley in which it is situated is excellent.

What to see in Wangduephodrang:
Wangduephodrang Dzong: This is the main attraction of the town. The Dzong is situated above the confluence of two rivers Punakha Chu and Tang Chu. The visitors are allowed in the eve of Wangduephodrang Tsechu (Tsechu means festival) which is celebrated in autumn.

Gongtey Gompa or Phobjikha: This monastery of Gangtey was established in another valley named Phobjikha. Gongtey Gompa was built in 17th century. The village situated in this valley is also known as Phobjikha. Here the black necked cranes come in the winter from the Northern Tibet and stays here till the end of winter.

Map of Wangduephodrang

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