The second largest district in Bhutan is only a stones throw from Punakha. The military training center of the Royal Bhutan Army is located nearby the main town and the fortress, which is the largest dzong in Bhutan. About 60kms away from main town is the most popular valley of Phobjikha surrounded by tranquility and lush meadows. It is the winter home to the endangered Black-Necked cranes.
- Wangdiphodrang Dzong: the largest dzong in Bhutan built in 1638 by the founder of Bhutan.
- Phobjikha Valley: at an elevation of 3000m, the valley is beautiful with a rich biodiversity and rejuvenating nature trails. Visit in the winter to see Black Necked Cranes.
- Gangtey Monastery: one of the main seats of Pema Lingpa, a Buddhist saint who discovered Buddhist treasures in Bhutan. The monastery was built by the community and is special to the winter visitors too. The Black Necked Cranes circumambulate the monastery three times on arrival from Tibet and repeat before returning.
WANGDUE PHODRANG DZONG