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Drukgyel Dzong, Paro

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Explore the hilltop ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a 17th-century Buddhist monastery with a storied heritage. Surrounded by magnificent mountains, a well-preserved white brick watchtower dominates the scenery. The complex, perched over the Paro River Valley, ranks among the most important archeological sites in Bhutan. Built in 1649 to commemorate and capitalize on the victory against Tibetan invaders in controlling an important trade route, the dzong features a false entrance that lured Tibetans into a dead-end courtyard during their retreat. Some visitors have reported renovations in progress; you can still take a pleasant hike around the area, but check before going. Use our Paro trip planner to visit Drukgyel Dzong on your trip to Paro, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Beautiful fresh cool breeze with the background of Dzong...Watch this historical place with natural background.  more »
  • We visited this site with a guide and friends. It is the oldest Fort in Bhutan built in 1649 and destroyed by fire on 1951. However it is in the process of being rebuilt in honour or the new Prince. I...  more »
  • This is a very old fort of Paro Bhutan, which was built in 1649 AD. However, it was destroyed by a fire in 1950. The current King had ordered for its restoration and when I visited this place in Jan, ...  more »
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  • A good place to visit. Note the entry timings as you plan. The national museum is near by. Plan both of them on the same hill trip. Car park available at both places. Up here you can see the full Paro town.
  • A good place to visit in Paro, Bhutan. There is a national museum also. You can plan for the museum and hill trip. Car parking is available and nice place for photography. You can capture full para town from here. Don't miss if you came Paro.
  • Drukgyal Dzong means the "fortress of the victorious Drukpas" and is one of the four principal Dra Dzongs (defense fortress). Restoration works were started in 2016 Upon the Command of His Majesty the King.
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