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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Drukgyel Dzong reviews
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 »
Extreme West point of Bhutan. Once a strategic Dzong ( religious place cum fort) in china India border. Sadly a big fire destroyed it in 1905. Now abandoned and became a tourist point. You can see Zomalhari, the highest peak of Bhutan from here.
Well I don't know how this glorious fortress was back then. But looking at it today, it is and surely was very magnificent...
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