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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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  • We visited this site with a guide and friends. It is the oldest Fort in Bhutan built in 1649 and destroyed by fire on 1951. However it is in the process of being rebuilt in honour or the new Prince. I...  more »
  • This is a very old fort of Paro Bhutan, which was built in 1649 AD. However, it was destroyed by a fire in 1950. The current King had ordered for its restoration and when I visited this place in Jan, ...  more »
  • Drukgyel Dzong is located a easy 20 minutes walk from The Paro National museum. There is a track on the side of the hill which takes you through beautiful nature trail and into some forest of tall and...  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
  • The ruin of the Dzong has now become a history and reconstruction works are in full swing.
  • Beautiful scenic place, worth a visit
  • Reconstruction of Dzong is in full swing

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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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