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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 is a castle was built to celebrate the victory in the war with Tibet. After finishing the role as the castle is used as the priest school. It was had burned in the fire, is the only remaining stone walls now right next to building new ones. You can walk down the road was used to carry the water in the old days, or circles around the Castle (photo 2枚目).
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  • a place related to one of the biggest victories in the history of Bhutan, destroyed by fire, but in process of renovation. if i was a tour guide, i would never miss the chance to present this ruin to ...  more »
  • Beautiful ruins with snow clad mountains in the backdrop. It’s a burned down place under reconstruction.. Yet it mesmerises with its view  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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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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