Wandiphodrang or Wangdi, in short, is another valley at an altitude of 1,300 meters in the western Bhutan about half an hour further south from Punakha a three hours’ drive (70km) southeast of Thimpu. This ancient town lies at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. The valley is comparatively warmer than others, so the royal family of Bhutan also makes their stay at Wangdiphodrang during winter. The Wangdiphodrang Dzong is considered to be the most picturesque of all Dzongs in Bhutan.The founder of Bhutan Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built the Dzong in 1638 on a hilltop at the confluence of Punakha Chu and Tang Chu Rivers. The Wangdue Festival is celebrated here in the autumn. The Dzong is open for visitors during Wangduephodrang Tsechu Festival.
Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in
1637, by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the
religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha
Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan's history.
The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley,
is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th
century used humour, songs and outrageous behavior to
dramatise his teachings and due to this also known as
Sitting on top of the hill at the confluence of Punakha Chhu and Tang
Chhu rivers, Wangduephodrang Dzong is town's most visible
features. The Dzong is open for visitors during Wangduephodrang Tsechu
celebrated in autumn.