Open Time : 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry : free
Address : Drukgyel Dzong, Chuyul, Bhutan
Website : http://www.paro.gov.bt/
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Why to visit Drukgyel Dzong
Drukgyel Dzong which translates to the fortress of victory is a famous archaeological site in Bhutan, situated on a ridge in the upper Paro. The famed Drukgyel Dzong, once a towering stronghold that rose tall and served as one of the largest Buddhist monasteries, is now simply ruins. This monastery, located in Paro's upper region, was founded in 1649 by the legendary Tenzin Drukdra after they defeated Tibet's invasion.
The government has begun steps to repair it and restore it to the vitality and splendour that it deserves. Despite its ruined state, its magnificence has not dimmed in the least. Perhaps this is why it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that draws thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. Drukgyel has functioned as a key defence installation in the region from its establishment until it was destroyed by fire in 1951. Even after this, the Dzong remained an important monument connecting Bhutanese people with the events that resulted to the country's sovereignty being maintained.
Although the Drukgyel Dzong is in a remote region, the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery is close by. The Taktsang Palphug Monastery, which is around 4 kilometres away, is also worth visiting. To go to Drukgyel Dzong, rent a cab from any of the local sites.
Since the closest restaurants are all at least 4 kilometres distant, bring water and dry snacks with you. There will be no locations to stop for a break along the route up. So only go on the hike if you're ready.
By Atharva Yeshwardhan