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Wangduephodrang Valley (Altitude: 500 - 5,400m )

Wangduephodrang is one of the largest Dzongkhags (districts) in Bhutan with a population of only 28,000. With an altitude ranging 500-5400m, it has extremely varied climatic conditions ranging from Subtropical forests in the south to cool and snowy regions in the north.

Most of the district is environmentally protected, with the northern half falling within the Wangchuck Centennial Park and northwestern pockets belonging to Jigme Dorji National Park. The southeastern region is part of Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park.

The genuine crown jewel of the district is Phobjikha Valley, which serves as a wintering ground for the critically endangered Black-Necked Cranes. The valley is full of green pasture ideal for cattle to graze on. The other places to visit would be Athang village which is famous for textiles such as the Adang Khamar, Adang Rachu, and Adang Mathra. The district is famous for its fine bamboo work, slate, and stone carving.

Wangduephodrang district is a must-see for any traveler to Bhutan due to its abundance of natural beauty and fascinating cultural attractions.


Top 10 Interesting Facts about Wangduephodrang:

  1. The Scenic Phobjikha valley falls under the Wangduephodrang district. 
  2. The Bajo town is called as "matchbox town"
  3. Wangduephodrang is an important gateway to the far-flung corner of Bhutan.
  4. The district also presents rich ethnic and linguistic Mosaic
  5. More than 40 Species of mammals,391 species of birds are found in the valley of Wangduephodrang
  6. The rare and protected birds like the black-necked crane, the white-bellied heron, and spotted Eagle are found here. 
  7. The place is ideal for bird-watching.
  8. You can visit the country's largest national park (area-wise)here.
  9. Wangduephodrang is famous for stone carvings
  10. It's the only place that celebrates Black Necked Crane Festival

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