Wangdue Phodrang


Wangdue Phodrang

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Wangdue Phodrang is a town and capital of Wangdue Phodrang District in central Bhutan. [cite web| url=http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmagaz/geonames4.asp |title=NGA GeoName Database |publisher=National Geospatial Intelligence Agency |accessdate=2008-07-05]

The town shares its name with the dzong, built in 1638 which dominates the district. The name is said to have been given by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal who was searching for the best location for a dzong to prevent incursions from the south. At the chosen spot the Shabdrung encountered a boy named Wangdi playing beside the river and hence named the dzong "Wangdi's Palace".

There are three paved roads in Wangdue Phodrang dzongkhag. The Lateral Road enters from the west at Dochu La Pass, crosses the Pana Tsang Chhu at Wangdue Phodrang dzong, and continues east to Tongsa. One spur road heads north from Wangdue Phodrang to the dzong at Punakha and slightly beyond. This becomes the footpath to Gasa. A second spur departs the Lateral Road near the Pele La pass halfway between Wangdue and Tongsa, traveling south a short distance to Gangteng Gonpa and the Phobjika valley where the rare Black-necked Cranes ("grus nigricollis") may be found.

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* [http://www.maplandia.com/bhutan/wangdiphodrang/wangdiphodrang/ Satellite map at Maplandia.com]


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