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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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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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  • Drugyal Dzong is a fortress situated for about 14km from Paro. Our driver cum guide accompanied us to the fortress narrating the historical significance of the place. The place is in ruins and accordi...  more »
  • I have been three times now and love this site - it has witnessed such history and you can FEEL it. This time i went early morning and I was alone there, and had a very quiet and special 30 minutes wa...  more »
  • Even if you have visited the Thimphu Dzong, this one is still worth a visit. Very picturesque daytime and night time especially from the river. If you have interest in Budhism, there is a good bit of ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • A old memorial & scenic beauty from here
  • Beautiful scenic place, worth a visit
  • Important Historical centre
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