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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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  • As you trudge up the steep sometimes slippery incline to the ruins, think of the man and yak power needed to haul the stones. This hilltop fort dates back to 1649. Like many other forts in Bhutan, thi...  more »
  • on our paro sightseeing day, we visited this dzong. the ruins of the dzong makes it a different and a historical place 
  • I have a particular love of ruined buildings. The ruins of this Dzong make for great photography and is an easy walk to get to the site.