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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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  • Please cofirm before going. It may take 1-2 yrs before it is opened for public. Was very popular so we visited even after caution of our guide. Please use this time for other activtivities till restor...  more »
  • Drukgyel Dzong has a lovely setting with pine trees in the background and all around. It has a history for Bhutan and Tibet.  more »
  • Dzong is good and is smaller as compared to other dzongs in Phunaka or Thimphu.. Its lit in the evening and looks very pretty from the main street of Paro...  more »
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  • Best natural view feeling seems like watching heaven. Plentiful of nature's view.
  • Drugyel Dzong is not a very exciting or an amazing place in Paro. But its strategically located near Tibetan border that Bhutan shares with China. The place is quite a historical site commemorating Zabdrung Ngawang Namgyel's (unifier of the country Bhutan)victory over Tibetan forces. The fort's construction was done in 1649. At present the dzong is under renovation.. ...but one can feel the historical SMELL and sensations of the bygone past and struggles from its dismantled entrance and scattered ruins...and stony stair case...(if you are very sensitive.. of course.)..( ref to photos) 'druk' 'is the ancient name for bhutan 'gyel' means victory
  • Good place in natural view to visit in Paro, Bhutan
  • I will never forget it's mesmerizing beauty! A must visit place in Paro.
  • A good place to visit. Note the entry timings as you plan. The national museum is near by. Plan both of them on the same hill trip. Car park available at both places. Up here you can see the full Paro town.
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