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Wangdue, Punakha, Bhutan

South of Punakha is Wangduephodrang also commonly known to as Wangdue, the last western town on the highway before getting in central Bhutan. It is a bustling town with a pretty view of the valley and also the dzong.

Bhutan Travel - The second largest district in Bhutan has a population of about 28,000 and lies at an altitude of 4,300 feet. The little town is popular forthe stories of shaman society, ornamental speeches or Lozeys of Shaa, ancestral home of Pema Tshewang Tashi, the knight whose lozey still remains a favorite amongst the Bhutanese. The higher reaches of the valley offers abundant pastureland for cattle. The area is likewise understood for its fine bamboo work and its slate carvings.

Wangdue played a crucial role in unifying the western, main as well as southerly areas in the 17th century.

Summers in Wangdue are moderately hot as well as winters months are trendy. The unique black necked cranes can be seen in Wangdue.

What to see in Wangdue Phodrang

Wangdue Community/ Bajo - The Wangdue town appears like its covered and frozen in the 16th century and you will continuously sense of having actually taken a trip back in time. There are very few shops and individuals still survive by line of work like farming and also animal husbandry.

One of the most notable attractions of the community is its bamboo weaving and also slate carving society. For a number of generations, families of artisans have actually been marketing their woven bamboo products as well as slate/ rock carvings in the neighborhood market and also it’s where you can grab interesting keepsakes as well as house decor products. Attempt going to the Wangdue community (it's called Bajo currently) on Sundays or Saturdays.

Wangdue Phodrang Dzong

This 1638 built Dzong sits on top of a high rising cliff neglecting Wangdue town. The dzong tragically ignited in 2012 and also the gigantic work plan of reconstructing it will take place till the year 2021.

So, if you see the wangduephodrang district now, you will not be able to visit the dzong. Nonetheless, I did gather some stunning stories regarding the dzong from the locals. When Buddhist monks were looking for an ideal website for the dzong, there were 4 ravens that flew in 4 different directions and this was deemed to be a sacred sign signifying the spread of Buddhism in all four directions.

The governor of this dzong (called penlop) had control over the routes to Dgana, Trongsa, Punakha as well as Thimphu. The dzong stands at the convergence of 2 rivers; Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (lady).

Rinchegang Village

If architecture and history fascinatesyou then stay at the Rinchegang Town which exists simply a few kilometres far from the Wangdue Dzong. The tiny town is house to Bhutan's finest stone carvers and also you can see the conventional Bhutanese method of Stone Masonry.

If you want, you can hike uphill the same hillock resulting in the town. For photographers, this is an optimal spot as the site includes river, dzong and also the valley. You can see the Rinchegang village on your means to wangduephodrang town from Punakha as it's the last town of Western Bhutan.

Sightseeing Places in Wangdue