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Gangte Goemba

Gangte Goemba

Gangte Goemba enjoys 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 guesthouse...

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Black-Necked Crane Information Centre

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

Buddhist Temple in Phobjikha Valley

Nyelung Drachaling

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 and treasure-finder Longchen Rabjam (Longchenpa)....

Buddhist Temple in Wangdue Phodrang

Radak Neykhang

By the tall cypress trees of the Wangdue 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...

Buddhist Monastery in Phobjikha Valley

Kuenzang Chholing Shedra

This Nyingma-school shedra (Buddhist college) of 300 student monks has a unique fledgling tourist outreach program. Contact the office at least a day before to arrange either a late-afternoon meditation class...

Buddhist Temple in Phobjikha Valley

Khewang Lhakhang

On the east side of the Phobjikha valley, opposite Tabiting, is the 15th-century Khewang Lhakhang, one of the oldest in the valley. It features three impressive two-storey statues of the past, present and future...

Buddhist Temple in Phobjikha Valley

Kumbhu Lhakhang

A dirt road leads from the Kuenzang Chholing Shedra up to the Kumbhu Lhakhang (Kumbhu means '100,000 statues'), a protector chapel and meditation-retreat centre dedicated to the ancient Bon deity Sipey Gyalmo and...

Bhutanese in Phobjikha Valley

Wangchuk Lodge

This eight-bedroom lodge operated by Thimphu's Wangchuk Hotel has a fine dining room offering great views and espresso coffee. The disappointing rooms fail to take advantage of the views, making it a better place...

Buddhist Temple in Phobjikha Valley

Damcho 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.

Multicuisine in Wangdue Phodrang to Pele La

Hotel Kuenphen

This cosy and tourist-friendly restaurant offers a useful lunch stop just above the village of Nobding, and even has cosy rooms (Nu 2800) in a new block out back.

Buddhist Monastery in Wangdue Phodrang

Wangdue Phodrang Dzong

The Wangdue Phodrang Dzong (Wangdi) 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...

Bhutanese in Wangdue Phodrang to Pele La

Khandu Hotel

This local restaurant in Dungdung Nyelsa is a decent lunch option if you want to break the drive between Wangdue Phodrang and the Pele La. It even has a VIP room that's rather optimistically reserved for visiting...

Bhutanese in Wangdue Phodrang

Kinten Hotel

This local restaurant in Bajo new town serves tasty Bhutanese dishes given some advance warning, making it the best option in the Wangdue Phodrang area. Indian tourists sometimes make use of the 10 rooms here (Nu...

Sports Ground in Wangdue Phodrang

Archery Ground

When the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong reopens you might find archery competitions at this practice ground.

Landmark in Wangdue Phodrang

Army Training Centre

At the time of research this army base was the location for the Wangdue Phodrang tsechu in October, at least until the dzong is rebuilt.

Buddhist Monument in Wangdue Phodrang

Eight Chortens

A row of eight chortens marks the approach into Wangdue Phodrang town.