Bordered by Dagana and Tsirang districts in the south the name is said to have given by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the word “Wangdue” means unification of the country and “Phodrang” means palace in Dzongkha. Most of the Wangdue Phodrang is environmentally protected. The northern half of the district falls within Wangchuk Centennial Park, with north western pockets belonging to Jigme Dorji national park. Southeastern is part of JIgme Singye Wangchuk National park. One could feel the real taste of the unbroken nature and listening to the ornamental speeches (Lozeys) of Shaa and visit the ancestral home of Pema Tshewang Tashi, the knight who’s Lozey still remains a favorite amongst the Butanese.
Wangdue Phodrang Dzong:
The historic fortress built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1638. The Dzong was burnt down by fire in june 2012. However, as the Dzong was being renovated at the time of the fire, most of the sacred historic relics had been put into storage and so were saved from distruction.
Sha Radap Temple:
Sah Radap is the guardian deity of the region. Located close to the town the temple houses the image of the deities to seek blessings and to name the new born child, people make a frequent visits. One may roll the dice at the temple to make your dreams come true.
Is an important 17th century monastery near Phobjikha vealley, the famous black-necked cranes visit in the winter. The monks living quarters surround the central courtyard and the main central tower containing pone of the five temples in the complex.
Apart from those places one must be brave enough to walk through the farm roads and prepare for a tented night in seasons other than summer, summer season is not recommended because of the biting sand flies, misquotes and leeches. One could experience adha and rukha farming life with the great tales of mermaids and kings and secrets of making roasted fish. The legends of shaa regions celebrates the bonko, an animist festivals which comes once in three years. It will be thrilling experience for the visitors to witness the practice of animists by the farmers there.
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