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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. 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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  • August 11, 2017
    Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District of Bhutan. This dzong was burnt down and the remains are of historical significance. ...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    When we all went there, we didn't know that it was a haunted place. First of all, we didn't get the way where to go. Secondly, when we went up on the hill, the wind was blowing extremely fast and we w...  more »
  • July 6, 2017
    Certainly not the best of unemployment, but if these here okay. I will burn everything and they are rebuilding it, when it runs out it will be impressive, until then a walk is not bad but not is essential.
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  • July 13, 2017
    An old abandoned dzong in the outskirts of Paro. This place remains deserted and is very peaceful and tranquil. Views from the backside of this dzong is good. This dzong was burnt down and the remains are okay historical significance.
  • March 31, 2017
    A old memorial & scenic beauty from here
  • February 10, 2017
    Beautiful scenic place, worth a visit
  • February 15, 2017
    Important Historical centre
  • October 23, 2016
    I like it

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A popular tourist and pilgrimage spot, Paro offers a range of luxurious accommodations in the form of resort-style hotels and boutique spas. You'll find these scattered around the valley, but not in the main downtown area. If you're looking for less-exclusive hotels, check the hillside to the west of town, which offers great views of the valley. A number of mid-range hotels also offer panoramic views. For budget-oriented travelers, there are few guesthouses in town.
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