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Zuri Dzong

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Zuri Dzong, Paro Overview

Zuri Dzong is one of the oldest dzongs in Bhutan dating back to 12th century. Rich in history and royal in values, the cave in the area is believed to be the site where Buddha meditated in the 8th century. Protected by double walls and a bridge, this five-storey building is also an ideal place to hike. Apart from its historical significance, the Zuri Dzong is one of those places where you can enjoy the mesmerising view of Paro Valley.

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Trek to Zuri Dzong

Distance: 1.9 Km
Duration: 28 mins hike
Route: Tachong Lhakhang to Zuri Dzong
 
The hike to Zuri Dzong is considered one of the best moderate level treks in Bhutan. The beautiful landscape along the way is a constant motivation for people not to stop and complete the trek until the end.
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The trek starts from Gönsaka Lhakhang, which takes about one hour to complete. Heading north from Gönsaka Lhakhang paves the way for the dzong. If you wish for a relatively easier trekking expedition, then the hike can be started from the Ta Dzong. The view all along the way is picturesque and awe-inspiring.
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The Architecture of the Zuri Dzong

Built as a fortress in the 14th century, the architecture of Zuri Dzong is an example for new Bhutanese architects to learn from. The five-storey building is absolutely splendid. The fort is protected by double walls. For extra protection, a bridge has also been constructed. The upper chapel has some fine collection of murals, which are displayed in a very nice manner. There is one dedicated to the protector of the valley Zaa. They are the highlights of the dzong.

History of the Zuri Dzong

Although built as a dzong and a fortress in 1352, its religious significance dates back to the 8th century. It is believed that Lord Buddha himself meditated in a cave here during his visit to Bhutan. This is why it is considered as one of the holiest sites in the whole of Bhutan.

Tips For Visiting Zuri Dzong

  • There is no wheelchair ramp available.
  • The hike is moderate and easy to complete. For more comfort, a hiking stick can be taken.

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