Rinchengang village is one of the most clustered villages with Bhutanese architectural designed houses. It is considered one of the oldest villages in Bhutan. Rinchengang village dates back to Zhabdrungs era.
Interestingly it’s believed that the earliest human who settled in Rinchengang village was the labourer who was skilled in the traditional method of stone masonry who built old Wangdi Phodrang Dzong during Zhandrungs time.
According to local people, In the olden days, the place was known as ‘Drinchen-Gang’ meaning ‘Grateful Valley’. Grateful for the contributions that people made in building Wangdi Phodrang Dzong. However, with the passage of time, Drinchengang changed to Rinchengang.
Rinchengang village is located opposite to the Wangdi Phodrang Dzong and Punatsangchhu runs along the highway. The topography of the village attributes to the attraction. The array of traditional houses clustered neatly on a tiny hillock overlooks the imposing Wangdi Phodrang Dzong.
If you wish to visit the village, it takes around 20 mins to walk uphill from the Thimphu-Wangdi highway.
The village is famous for having built its houses closes to each other and the space between the houses is barely enough to walk through.
Rinchengang village has become one of the must-visit rural villages in Wangdi Phodrang district. The uniquely clustered village is visible from all the corner it and entices every traveller’s attention to learn about the village.
Simply eye feasting the village won’t suffice your hunger to know more about the village to experience and see the village inside out I reckon you visit the village. Meet local people from the village and get them to talk about the history of the village.
Lens through village
Apart of view of WangdiPhodrang dzong that is perched on the hilltop, the valley offers the great view of the Punatsangchhu river and whole Bajo town. You could also sit at the zero point road which leads to Bajo and eye feast the scenic village.
The clustered view of village adds value to the scenery of entrance to Wangdi Phodrang district.