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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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  • It was a fortress of defense, very near the Bhutan China border, offers majestic views of the valley. Was being renovated when I visited as it was in ruins for quite sometime.  more »
  • I visited this place out of chance. One of the locals informed us about this and me and my friend decided to check it out. It's quite far away from the city and even Tiger's nest. I went in here in 20...  more »
  • This place is seeped in history for it was built right after Bhutanese famous victory over formidable Tibetans . Few old edifices in original remain though after the fire that enveloped it in 1950's ....  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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