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The word "Wangdue" meaning unification of Country, and "Phodrang" Palace is named after the Wangduephodrang Dzong. Elevated at 1350 meters and 71 kilometers from Thimphu characterized by its gusty wind, which blows from the south in all season is another culturally rich district in Bhutan. The endangered Black necked crane roosting ground, Military Training Center and Country’s Mega Power Hydro Project are also centered in this district.

Wangduephodrang Dzong:

The site perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers commands an impressive view over both north-south and east-west roads. Today only ruins and remains of the Dzongs are visible to the visitors after the major fire broke out and completely destroyed 2012. However later or possibly sooner, the Royal Government is coming up with even more beautiful Dzong than it ever existed.
The history recites that at the present site Zhabdrung is said to have encountered a boy named Wangdue playing beside the river, thus named the Dzong, Wangduephodrang, meaning Wangdue’s Palace. It is built in 1637.

Gangtey Goenpa:

The Gangteng Goenpa/Monastery is an important monastery of Nyingmapa Tradition of Buddhism, the main seat of the Pema Lingpa. The Monastery has a hoary history traced to early 17th century, backed to prophecies made by the well-known Terton (Treasure discoverer) Pema Lingpa in the late 15th century.
The Monastery is one of the main seats of the religious tradition based on Pema Lingpa's revelations and one of the two main centers of the Nyingma school of Buddhism in the country.
A Nyingma monastic college or shedra, Do-ngag Tösam Rabgayling, has been established above the village. With major renovation in recent years has further embellished the gaze it has for the visitors. It is said that the winter visitors to the valley the Black Necked Crane in their roosting route will circle the monastery three times on arrival and repeat the process while returning to Tibet. 

A few kilometers down past the Gangtey Goenpa, on the valley floor is the hamlet of Phobjikha. It is well known winter home for the endangered Black Necked Crane that migrates from Northern habitats in Tibet. More than 300 cranes annually fly to this wide, beautiful alpine wetland valley.