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Drukgyel Dzong, Paro
(3.3/5 based on 150 reviews on the web)
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Drukgyel Dzong and many more Paro attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Paro trip builder.
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  • Drukgyel Dzong is a bit away from Paro city. This is different than other dzongs in Bhutan for historical interest. It was build in1649 AD to commemorate the victory over an invasion from Tibbet and l...  more »
  • This Dzong is 18 Kms from our hotel in Paro. The ruins of Drukgyal Dzong is impressive. It was build in1649 AD to commemorate the victory over an invasion from Tibbet. It was completely destroyed in a...  more »
  • Near the end of the paved road, 14km from Paro, stand the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins. In 1950s, Drukgyal Dzong was almost completely destroyed by fire.