Wangdue Phodrang: The Land of Ornamental Speech or lozeys (sayings)
Wangdue Phodrang lies in the west central part of Bhutan. It is considered as the gateway to the districts of Eastern Bhutan. The dzong was built in 1639on a ridge overlooking the confluence of Puna tsangchu and Dangchu rivers. The dzong of Wangdue held a powerful position during pre-monarchy days. Apart from the great dzong, its cultural wonders lie in the villages. Detour the villages of Gaselo and Nahee towards the west of the dzong. Likewise enjoy the tales of shaman culture in the Shaa regions of Wangdue and listen to the ornamental speeches or Lozeys of Shaa and visit the ancestral home of Pema Tshewang Tashi, the knight whose Lozey still remains a favorite amongst the Bhutanese.
Wangdue Phodrang Dzong:
Stretched along the hilltop above the confluence of the Puna tsangchhu and Dhang chhu rivers, the imposing Wangdue Phodrang Dzong is the town’s most visible feature. During pre-monarchy days, the governor of this dzong played an important role. The annual festival takes place in autumn so be the guest and enjoy the tour of the dzong.
The temple of ShaRadap:
The temple of Sha Radap, the guardian deity of Wangdue Phodrang region is worth paying a visit. The temple located close to the town is houses the image of the deity. Locals pay frequent visits to the temple to seek his blessings and to name their new born child. You can roll the dice at the temple, seek his blessings and your wishes may come true and fulfilled.
Phobjikha – Valley of Black Necked Crane:
The beautiful Phobjikha Valley of Black Necked Crane lies in the region of black mountains, east of Wangdue Phodrang. On the mountain slopes there is the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km. down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quiet, remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate.
Villages of Gaselo and Nahee:
Witness and enjoy the delights of the two villages in the west of the province. The excursion to these villages turns out great with picnic lunches. Village life there is still medieval and farmers are ever happy to see visitors. Fascinate yourself during rice plantation in early summer. Experience the joy and drudgery of farming life. In autumn share the happiness of farmers over a bountiful harvest.
The southern villages of Adha and Rukha:
You need to prepare yourself for a tented nightto experience the grandeur of these villages. You could also use a farm house to stay and help villagers earn money from your visit. Summer months are not recommended for cultural groups. The biting midges (sand flies), mosquitoes and leeches are instrument of raw adventure and may not entice the cultural visitors. The highlights are an experience into Adha and Rukha farming life. The farmers will tell tales of mermaids and kings. Let them show you the secrets of making roasted fish.
Legends of Shaa region:
The region of Shaa lies in the east of Wangdue province. The animist festival called Bonko is celebrated in the region once in every three years. The farmers here practice animism but call themselves Buddhists, which is a thrilling experience for every visitor. The animists are nature worshipers and it makes great sense for a farmer to be an animist than a Buddhist. Brave yourself and drive on the farm roads to visit these villages or book few nights of camp services