is the last town on the central highway before central Bhutan. The town is no
more than an enlarged village with a few well-provided shops.
One hotel with basic facilities is situated behind Wangduephodrangs square.
Sitting on top of the hill looking out over the junction of the two rivers,
Wangduephodrang Dzong is the towns most visible feature. In the 17th Century
Wangduephodrang played a critical role in unifying the western,central and southern
Situated south of the road and east of Wangduephodrang, Gantey Gompa is an old
monastery dating back to the 17th Century. The Gompa itself is similar in style
to the temples found in many Bhutanese Dzong. Its situation, however, is remarkable.
After a difficult drive south through the mountains, the road from the highway
leads to a rare opening into a golden field of maize and yake. A few kilometers
past the Gompa on the valley floor is the village of Phobjika. This is the winter
home of black-necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to
pass the winter in milder and lower climes.
The monastery is vacant during winter months as the monk body retreats further
into the valley.
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