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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After a fire, most of this Dzong was destroyed and now (June 2019) construction is ongoing and will last for sure another 2 year minimum (according our guide). more »
The place is undergoing renovation. It is past Tigers Nest on the same main road and this is where The road ends. The worker said the Dzong may open on Sundays when no work is going on. There was no o... more »
A Ruin fort which is being rebuilt exactly the old fashioned way using wood. Great views of the snow caped mountains from the fort top.
Drukgyel Dzong seems to be a small and old Dzong 10 KM from Paro which is under renovation when we visited. Entry is blocked and construction is going on. Dosnt seem interesting..
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