Wangduephodrang or Wangdue is about 4308 square kms in size making it the second largest district in Bhutan. It lies at an elevation which ranges from 800 to 5800 meters above sea level and is one of the windiest places in Bhutan. The summer is moderately hot with cool winters.
Places of interest:
- Wangduephodrang Dzong was built in 1638 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The imposing structure of the Wangdiphodrang Dzong lies on a steep spur at the confluence of Puna Tsang Chhu and the Dang Chhu. Legend has it that it was built at that particular location because of a vision of four ravens that were believed to have been sighted flying in four different directions from that site. This was to signify the spread of Buddhism in four directions.
- Phobjikha Valley is a scenic glacial valley that has gained fame as the winter nesting grounds of the endangered black necked cranes. In a bid to avoid human wildlife conflict, and in an effort at contributing to protect these majestic birds, the locals had chosen to forfeit the benefits brought about by electricity. In acknowledgement to this grand gesture geared towards the protection of these endangered species, the Austrian government took up the responsibility of the ground electrification works for the valley in order to ensure minimal risks.
The district is also known for its fine bamboo work including slate and stone carvings.
- Gangtey Goenpa is an acclaimed monastery that is located in Phobjikha. Here one can see the skin of the mystical Yeti.