Wangdue Phodrang Dzong
This is a charming laid out town which starches all the way to Pele La and Phobjikha valley. This bowl shaped glacial valley located on Black mountains is filled with black – necked cranes and endless pasturelands – perfect for a painter to paint it.
Places to See in Wangdue Phodrang Dzong
The prayer hall is built in pure Tibetan style with eight pillars is one of the largest hall in Bhutan. Inner sanctum contains the funeral chorten of founder Tenzing Dhendup. The woodwork is 450 years old which is must see. Each year in the month of September – October a three day festival is carried out filled with dance and music.
It’s the place where 17th century temple to a ancient warrior king. A good collection of helmets, shields and knives has been kept here. There is an idol of local water spirit who is thought of living in the local river. You can also get a future reading done by the monk here by rolling the chapel dice twice!
Black Necked Crane Information Centre:
Open in the months of April – October; it offers all the information about black necked cranes. Look for the handicraft shop here and go for a bike ride with a local guide.
It’s a place filled with Pasturelands and pheasants. While taking a pleasant walk around the town you will find several of them moving around. It’s also a place filled with bamboo products which can be bought from the local market.
It’s a bowl shaped valley with hundreds of black – necked cranes which make their presence felt every winter. Located on the slope of black mountains; just next to Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, it’s nothing less than natures’ bounty. This National Park is also one of the most well preserved parks of Bhutan.