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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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  • This is the oldest Dzong and in a very traditional village. Following destruction by fire in the 1950's reconstruction was commenced in 2016 and continues. Thus we were unable to enter, but only view....  more
    This is the oldest Dzong and in a very traditional village. Following destruction by fire in the 1950's reconstruction was commenced in 2016 and continues. Thus we were unable to enter, but only view....  more »
  • we did not go to the estate but only looked it is private and we were not invited it is a good drive by 
    we did not go to the estate but only looked it is private and we were not invited it is a good drive by  more »
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  • Used to be in ruins after being destroyed by fire in 1951. Has been rebuilt to its former glory. Work still continues. If weather permits, you can catch a glimpse of great mount Jhomolhari.
  • It's a time capsule of history of bhutan. This beautiful ancient fortress is a must if you are in paro. The fortress is brought to back to its glory as the reconstruction and renovation is going. Ita almost most 90% completed.

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