Wangdiphodrang is half an hour drive from Punakha and around ten minutes drive from Lobesa. Wangdiphodrang is like an extended village with few well-provisioned shops.The scenic dzongkhag of Wangdue Phodrang is centred on the town and dzong of that name and stretches all the way to the Pele La and Phobjikha valley.

Wangduephodrang Dzong was founded by the Zhabdrung in 1638. It set atop a high ridge between the Puna Chuu and the Dang Chhu. It is obvious that the site was selected for its commanding view of the valleys below. Legend relates another reason for choosing this spot. As people searched for a site for the dzong, four ravens were seen flying in the four directions. This was considered an auspicious sign, representing the spreading of religion to the four points of the compass.

Phobjikha Valley

Phobjikha is a glacial valley on the western slopes of the black mountains. The valley is a designated conservation area and borders the Black Mountains National Park.Because of the large flock of black-necked cranes that winters here, it is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country.There is also the Black-Necked Crane festival in November every year. In addition to the cranes there are also muntjacs (barking deer), wild boars, sambars, Himalayan black bears, leopards and red foxes in the surrounding hills.