Wangdue Phodrang Dzongkhag attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Phobjikha Valley

Gangte Goemba

Gangte Goemba enjoys the valley's prime real estate, on a forested hill overlooking the green expanse of the entire Phobjikha valley. The extensive complex consists of the central goemba, monks' quarters, a small gu…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Phobjikha Valley

Black-Necked Crane Information Centre

Your first stop in Phobjikha should be the information centre of the Royal So­ciety for Protection of Nature’s (RSPN), which has informative displays about the black-necked cranes and the valley environment. You can…
Buddhist Temple in Phobjikha Valley

Nyelung Dechenling

Travellers with a sense of the magical will want to visit this unassuming chapel, one of eight residences (ling) built by the 14th-century Nyingma Dzogchen master Longchen Rabjam (Longchenpa). Don't be put off by th…
Buddhist Temple in Wangdue Phodrang

Radak Neykhang

By the tall cypress trees of the district court is this timeless 17th-century temple dedicated to an ancient warrior king. The anteroom has a collection of helmets, knives and shields. Inside are five versions of th…
Buddhist Temple in Phobjikha Valley

Khewang Lhakhang

On the east side of the Phobjikha valley, opposite Tabiting, is the 15th-century Khewang Lhakhang, which features three two-storey statues of the past, present and future Buddhas (dusum sangay). The lhakhang has a t…
Buddhist Temple in Phobjikha Valley

Kumbhu Lhakhang

A dirt road leads from the Kuenzang Chholing shedra up to the Kumbhu Lhakhang, a protector chapel and meditation retreat centre dedicated to the ancient Bon deity Sipey Gyalmo. Kumbhu means '100,000 statues'. After …
Buddhist Temple in Phobjikha Valley

Damchen Lhakhang

South of Tabiting, the unpaved road down the west side of Phobjikha valley winds past Yusa village to this small but charming chapel, said to be the oldest in the valley, dating to the 14th century.
Buddhist Monastery in Wangdue Phodrang

Wangdue Phodrang Dzong

The Wangdue Phodrang dzong was founded by the Zhabdrung in 1638 atop a high ridge between the Punak Tsang Chhu and the Dang Chhu, clearly chosen for its commanding view of the valleys below. Wangdi is important in t…
Buddhist Monastery in Phobjikha Valley

Kuenzang Chholing Shedra

The long white building on the hill to the north of Gangte Goemba is Kuenzang Chholing, a shedra (Buddhist college) home to 300 student monks.
Sports Ground in Wangdue Phodrang

Archery Ground

When the dzong reopens you might find archery competitions at this practise ground.