Wangdue

An old strategic location, Wangdue today is a vibrant community centered around the Dzong (Fort and Administrative Headquarters). The Fort was earlier established by Zhabrdung Nawang Namgyal (a Tibetan monk who is credited to have unified the provinces of Bhutan) and the name was given after he met a boy named Wangdue playing by the river. The hilly lowland is extremely beautiful with the river adding a lot to the landscape. The village is close to the Phobjika valley, famous for great hikes and landscapes. Wangdue is also famous for its bamboo work, slate stone carvings, and a unique conservation effort for the rare and endangered Black-necked Crane.

Every year the Black Necked Crane Festival is held in Phobjikha in order to protect and spread awareness of the cranes. The Festival includes songs, masked dances and plays by the local school children. This event is one of the most unique and popular festivals in the country. Legend has it that the cranes are re-incarnations of the 2 dieties that protect the valley.

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