Located 70 km southeast of Thimphu in Thedtsho Gewog and famous for bamboo & stone artifacts, this town is the capital of the Wangdue Phodrang district in central Bhutan, and has an elevation of 1300 meters from the sea level. It is also home to the largest and the most famous Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan – Gangtey Gompa. The region has been included in the Black Mountain Conservation Area by the Government of Bhutan and is home to a large number of animal species including barking deer, Himalayan black bear, red fox, sambar, leopard, wild boar, and a wide variety of Himalayan and migratory birds, which throng this Himalayan Valley during the winter. So if you are interested in wild life and bird watching, Wangdiphodrang is the place you MUST visit! And the windy & moderately cold to chilly climate make the place ideal for visits all throughout the year, excepting the monsoon between July and September. Other interesting tourist spots of Wangduephodrang include Wangduephodrang Dzong, Crane Observation & Education Centre, Radak Naktshang – a 17th century temple.