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Wangdi Phodrang (or Wangdi) is situated 70 kms (three hours drive) southeast of Thimphu. The valley is comparatively warmer than others, so royal family of Bhutan also makes their stay at Wangdiphodrang during winter. Wangdiphodrang Dzong is considered to be the most picturesque of all Dzongs in Bhutan. Founder of Bhutan Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built the Dzong in 1638 on a hilltop at the confluence of Punakha Chu and Tang Chu Rivers.

Must Visit :

Wangdiphodrang Dzong - This Dzong played a key role during unification of Bhutan. Enroute from Wangdi to Tongsa is the Gangtey Gompa, biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan.


The Wangdue Festival is celebrated here in the autumn. The Dzong is open for visitors during Wangduephodrang Tsechu Festival.