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Drukgyel Dzong, Paro Overview

Now in ruins, Drukgyel Dzong is a fortress which was built in 1649 to mark the victory of Bhutan over Tibet. If you want to see the fascinating stone work of the DzongsĀ of the past, then this is the place to go to. On climbing to the top of the ruins, an amazing view of the valley greets you, making it worth the effort.

Located in the upper part of Paro district, the fire that broke open in 1951 engulfed the Drukgyel Dzong in flames and left it in the current situation. The efforts have been started by the government to reconstruct it and bring it back to life and glory which it deserves. Despite its ruined state, its grandeur has not diminished even a bit. Perhaps that is why it is a UNESCO structure and attracts thousands of eyeballs from all over the world every year.

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Original Architecture of the Drukgyel Dzong

Before it was destroyed by fire, the massive structure of the Drukgyel Dzong flaunted Bhutanese architecture at its finest. Its rough height is around 80-90 feet. It was protected by strong double walls. There were windows on the wall, which were used to keep track of the enemies’ actions near the dzong.
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The dzong had several buildings, all of which were significant in their way. Shabkhor, the rectangular-shaped stone buildings surrounding the courtyard of the dzong, was a major attraction. Ta-dzongs, which were built along the entrance of the dzong, served as a watchtower and safeguarded the only entrance of the dzong.
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History of the Drukgyal Dzong

Built-in 1649 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, Drukgyel Dzong, meaning “victorious fortress”, marked the victory of Bhutan over Tibet in 1644 Tibetan invasion. The dzong served as a great help to Bhutanese forces in driving away from the Tibetan forces.

There is a false entry gate in the dzong which gave enemies a false illusion of the entrance. In reality, there was only one entrance to the dzong. In fact, there are secret tunnels which supported the army to pass easily from one place to another, without any danger.
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Present Day Condition of the Drukgyel Dzong

Most of the original construction of the Drukgyel Dzong has been compromised due to the fire in 1951. But from the ruins, one can make out the basic stonework. The basic foundation still lays.

It is a paradise for photography lovers since the site is best for clicking photographs. Capturing the essence of Bhutan at this intriguing location is exciting.
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Hopefully, the renovation work would end in a few years, restoring this magnificent site to its original glory. However, the ruins of the dzong are a great cultural and visual attraction, rich in Bhutanese history.
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How To Reach Drukgyel Dzong

The Drukgyel Dzong is located in a rather isolated location, but the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery is nearby. Taktsang Palphug Monastery is also situated at a distance of around 4 kilometres. A cab can be hired from any of the nearby attractions to reach Drukgyel Dzong.

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