Set in a curving valley with fields of grazing cattle Wangdiphodrang has a beautiful dzong. It also has a very spectacular bridge over the river. We recommend it as a day trip from Thimphu. It holds the Wangdi Tsechu (festival) in mid September. 19 mi/30 km east of Thimphu.
The Wanngdue region is famous for bamboo and stone artifacts. Bhutan’s biggest Nyingmapa monastery, the Gangtey Gompa, lies on the way from Wangdi to Tongsa. A two hours’ drive from Wangdue Phodrang takes to glacial valley of Phobjikha at an altitude around 3,000 meters. Bhutan Government has declared the valley as a conserved region under the Black Mountain Conservation Area. The species found in the valley include barking deer, wild boar, sambar, Himalayan black bear, leopard, red fox, and the migratory birds from Tibet such as cranes which come to the valley in the winter.
The Wangdue Festival is celebrated here in the autumn. The Dzong is open for visitors during Wangduephodrang Tsechu Festival.