Being one of the largest dzongkhags in the country, Wangduephodrang experiences varied climatic conditions that range from subtropical forests in the south to the cold snowy regions in the north. It lies at an altitude between 800 to 5800 m. Most of the land in Wangduephodrang is conserved via the establishments of three parks, the Wangchuck Centennial Park, Jigme Dorji National Park and Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park.
There are many attractions in Wangduephodrang:
The Gangtey Goenpa (Monastery), is an important monastery for the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism in the country. It is located on top of a gentle hill at an altitude of 2800m, where it offers a beautiful view of the Phojika Valley, home to the very rare Black Necked Cranes in winter. The monastery was founded in the 17th century.
The Phobjikha Valley is a glacial valley where the Black Necked Cranes from the Tibetan Plateau visit during the winter season. It is known for its scenic beauty and cultural uniqueness, and also for housing 13 other species of globally threatened species of animals. It is an ideal place to change the pace of your tour, and enjoy a gentle hike and the beautiful scenery that is all around. The valley comes to life during the annual Tsechu and the Crane Festival in the winter months.
Adha and Rukha are excellent villages to gain insights into the lives of the rural Bhutanese farmers. Home-stays can be arranged, where tourists will be welcomed to stay in the houses of the locals, to get a one of a kind experience. The locals would also entertain you with local folklores and legends of the place. The best time to visit is during the Autumn season.
Dargay Goenpa is best known for being constructed in the spot where the famous saint, Drukpa Kuenley, met Ashi Genzo, who was renowned for her beauty. The monastery was built in the 16th century by Tenpai Gyaltshen,. The monastery sits atop a hill that overlooks the three great valleys Chungsekha, Domkha and Wangpoenkha,, also revered as the seat of the deity, Lung Sup Dorje Legpa.