Name : Wangdue Phodrang Dzong
Location : It is located 21km from Punakha.
Type of Structure : Fortress and Monastery
Period : 6th Century A.D.
The dzong is a dramatic example of Bhutanese architecture. The structure follows the contours of a ridge high over the river. The cacti on the slope were planted to prevent invaders from climbing to the dzong. The dzong was founded in 1638 by the Shabdrung and was Bhutan’s second capital until Trongsa was founded in1644. The penlpop of Wangdue Phodrang was the third most powerful ruler in the country. The dzong was repaired after a fire in 1837 and an earthquake in 1897.
Need to connect with further international pilgrimage tourism plan.