Here are the top 7 tourist attractions to see in Wangdue Phodrang:

1. Wangdue Phodrang Dzong Edit

4.5 /5

20 km
from city center
1 out of 7
places to visit in Wangdue Phodrang

Built-in 1638, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong was the most visible feature of the district and provided a wonderful view being located on a ridge overlooking the confluence of the rivers Dang Chhu and Punakha Chhu. It was open to visitors during the festival of Wangdue Phodrang Tsechu in Autumn. Unfortunately, it was burnt to the ground in 2012 and plans for renovation are expected to go on till 2021. However, the location of the Tsechu is now the Army Training Centre which could be confirmed with the tour operator. There is also an Archery Ground where competitions might be held once the Dzong reopens.

2. Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park

3.7 /5

59 km
from city center
2 out of 7
places to visit in Wangdue Phodrang

A perfect example of serenity in nature, Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park is one of the country's largest national park areawise. Located in Trongsa and occupying parts of other districts such as Wangdue Phodrang also, it is a popular birdwatching spot in Bhutan.

3. Phobjikha Valley

3.7 /5

28 km
from city center
3 out of 7
places to visit in Wangdue Phodrang

Phobjikha Valley, located in Wangdue Phodrang District is one of the few glacial valleys in the country. It is distinctly different from the others in the sense that it is shaped like a bowl due to the glacier that existed before and hence is much flatter as compared to others in its category. Phobjikha valley would suit the taste of all nature-lovers, hikers, trekkers and those with a keen interest in birds.

4. The Temple of Sha Radap

4.3 /5

2 km
from city center
4 out of 7
places to visit in Wangdue Phodrang

Temple of Sha Radap also known as the Rada Lhakhang, is situated close to the site of the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong and is dedicated to and houses the image of the guardian deity of the region known as Sha Radap. Locals often pay a visit to this temple to seek blessings and also go there to name their children. One could roll the dice and receive the blessings hoping to have their wishes come true.

5. Gasleo and Nahee Village

4.2 /5

0 km
from city center
5 out of 7
places to visit in Wangdue Phodrang

Gasleo and Nahee Villages are located towards the western side of Wangdue Phodrang district and take about 2 hours to reach. It is an ideal option for those looking to have a nice picnic during the daytime and also for those seeking a true perspective into the Bhutanese rural way of life. Autumn, being harvest season is the best time to visit for the harvest festival. 

6. Rinchegang Village

3.8 /5

0 km
from city center
6 out of 7
places to visit in Wangdue Phodrang

Rinchegang Village is located just a short distance away from Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. A day-tour here shall prove to be fulfilling for keen photographers. It faces the now-ruined Dzong and is represented by a small cluster of houses. It too would most likely suit the taste of those wanting to experience and know about the rural way of life in Bhutan. It is also well known for the practice of stone carvings so architecture buffs might take a liking to the samples of stone masonry in this village.

7. Adha and Rukha Villages

3.8 /5

0 km
from city center
7 out of 7
places to visit in Wangdue Phodrang

Adha and Rukha Villages are located to the South of Wangdue town, below Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. It is a beautiful place to get an insight into a Bhutanese farmers life, where one could camp in a tent or better, opt for a homestay at a farmer's house. The farmers are warm and friendly and are happy to engage the visitor in daily activities and in reciting old tales and lores. It is advisable not to visit in the Summer months due to the presence of mosquitoes, leeches and other insects.

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