Wangdi Phodrang


Wangdiphodrang Dzong

Wangduephodrang dzong

Location

The dzong is located on a ridge that “resembles a sleeping elephant”.

Background

Located between Punatsangchu and Dangchu, Wangdiphodrang Dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1638 on a mountain ridge that resembles a sleeping elephant. Zhabdrung is believed to have received the prophecy to build the dzong from guardian deity Mahakala while meditating at Khyime Lhakhang. He sent his attendant to check out the place after a dark figure instructed him to meditate on the ridge. On approaching the ridge, the attendant saw four ravens fly towards four directions. Taking it as a good omen, Zhabdrung built the dzong. Years later, it was enlarged by the 4th Desi Tenzin Rabgay. The dzong was completely burnt down in June 2012 it is being rebuilt to former glory.


Gangtey Valley

Gangtey valley

Location

Located under Wangduephodrang district about 2 hours drive from Wandgue town

Background

Gangtey valley is a beautiful glacial valley known for its beauty and its unique visitors; Black necked crane, a beautiful bird which migrates during winter months from neighboring states of northern India and Southern China for roosting.

It is believed that while arriving and departing, these birds circle the famous Gangtey monastery for three rounds. Every year during the month of November, local community celebrates festival known as black necked crane festival to welcome these majestic birds.