Wangdue Phodrang district is located in the central part of Bhutan.
The name is said to have been given by Ngawang Namgyal, the 1st Zhabdrung Rinpoche, who was searching for the best location for a dzong to prevent incursions from the south. At the chosen spot, the Zhabdrung encountered a boy named Wangdi playing beside the river and hence named the dzong "Wangdi's Palace".
There are three paved roads in Wangdue Phodrang. The Lateral Road enters from the west at Dochu Pass, crosses the Sankosh River Dzongkha: Puna Tsang Chhu) at Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, and continues east to Trongsa. One spur road heads north from Wangdue Phodrang to Punakha Dzong and slightly beyond. This becomes the footpath to Gasa.
A second spur departs the Lateral Road near the Pele Pass halfway between Wangdi and Tongsa, traveling south a short distance to Gangteng Monastery and the Phobjikha Valley, where rare black-necked cranes may be found.