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Wangdue Phodrang

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Wangdue Phodrang is a town in Western Bhutan. It is the administrative head of Wangdue Phodrang district.

Wangdue Dzong

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Nearly all visitors arrive by plane from Paro, the country's sole airport. Wangdue Phodrang is 2 hour drive from the capital, and about a 2hrs 45 minute journey from the airport .

By bus[edit]

Wangdue Phodrang is the meeting place of three major Highways. There are daily Buses form Phuentsholing,Thimphu and Paro. Wangdue Phodrang also lies on the route from the capital to Jakar, Samdrup Jongkhar, Mongar, Damphu and Gelephu.

Get around[edit]

The town is small enough to negotiate on foot.

  • Taxi: There is a set rate for taxis plying city routes. Maximum is around 70nu. There is a taxi stand in center of town. Taxis also cruise and can be hailed at any point.
  • Bus. There exists a bus service to nearby villages of Gaselo but only on Saturdays and Sundays.


A valley near Wangdue
  • The Chimme Lhakhang, dedicated to the Mad Monk ( Drukpa Kinley ) located on a scenic hillock and visible from the lobesa calley. All Children named in this lhakhang have names starting either with "Chhimi" or "Kinley". A brief Walk of about 20 min through scenic paddy fields and you reach the Monastery.
  • Wangdue Phodrang Town. Fondly named the matchbox town.Wangdue Phodrang town consists of few permanent buildings the rest are temporary houses made of wood .There are plans to shift the town to another location.
  • Phobjikha Valley. A wide and lush valley that is the winter home of the black-necked crane.
  • Gangtey Monastery. A 17th century monastery in the Nyingma school of Buddhism. The monastery affords wonderful views over the Gangtey Valley and mountains beyond.
  • Langdra Nye (The Red Bull Sacred Site), near Bai Village. Guru Rinpoche meditated here and the cave is considered one of Bhutan's most sacred sites. Among the relics on display is a thumb print of Guru Rinpoche embedded in rock. The name of the site is derived from an incident where Guru Rinpoche subdued a charging red bull.


  • Black-neck crane Festival. An annual festival is held in the Phobjikha Valley in November to celebrate the return of the birds from their summer nesting grounds in Tibet. There is a US$50 attendance fee, which is used to fund local community projects. (Warning: due the black-neck crane's endangered species status and also because of the special position it holds in Bhutanese folk law, deliberately injuring a bird is a crime punishable by life imprisonment.)





Go next[edit]

  • Lobesa Valley. A beautiful valley near Wangdue. The area is especially stunning during the months of June and July when the rice paddies are at their greenest and most fertile. September and October are also a good time to visit.

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