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Drukgyel Dzong Travel Guide with History & Facts

Drukgyel Dzong in Bhutan

The old ruin of Drukgyel Dzong may be seen in the upper Paro valley, perched above a ridge. Drukgyel Dzong, one of Bhutan’s most well-known archaeological structures, is now a must-see tourist destination in Paro. Tenzin Drukdra constructed the stronghold and Buddhist monastery known as Drukgyel Dzong in the 17th century on the orders of Ngawang Namgyal Zabdrung Rimpoche to commemorate the defeat of a Tibetan invasion. As a result, Drukgyel Dzong was constructed at a key location close to the Tibet border to bolster defenses against future invasions. The name “Drukgyel Dzong” means “Fortress of the Victorious Drukpa” in the local language.

You will be able to visit Drukgyel Dzong quite comfortably with the help of a customizable Bhutan Package. The package will include everything from pick-up, and drop to sightseeing, accommodation, and more.

History of Drukgyel Dzong

To repel the outside force, Drukgyel Dzong was strategically constructed close to the Bhutan-Tibet border. It was also one of Bhutan’s four main strongholds for defense. Drukgyel Dzong was built after this opulent stronghold was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1950. The Rinpung Rabdey utilized Drukgyel Dzong as a vacation home until it was completely devastated by the fire. The exclusive function of Drukgyel Dzong, in contrast to other Dzongs constructed by Zabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and his successors, was for serving defensive objectives without administrative and religious activities, particularly against external attacks from the border. In 17th-century Drukgyel Dzong had the best collection of the armory in the whole region of Bhutan.

Attractions You Will Get to See

During your visit to this Dzong, here are the attractions you will get to see-

  • One of the major things you will be able to see here is the ruins of the Dzong.
  • Watching the sunrise over the snow-capped Mt Chomolhari looming above the Paro Valley is another thing to see.
  • Another interesting thing to see here is the remains of defense mechanisms.

Activities You Can Do

During your visit to this Dzong, these are the following activities you would love to do-

  • The trekking through the trekking routes will be quite a magnificent experience.
  • Learning about the ancient Bhutanese architecture style.
  • Wandering around the restored Drukgyel Dzong is another best thing to do.
  • From this Dzong, you can go for a sightseeing attraction to Ta Dzong, Taktsang Monastery, Paro Dzong, National Museum of Bhutan, Kila Goemba, and more.

How to Reach Drukgyel Dzong

Travelers can either hike their way to Drukgyel Dzong or hire a car from Paro to Drukgyel Dzong. From Paro, it is an approx 40 mins drive to Drukgyel Dzong. Distance: The distance between Paro to Drukgyel Dzong is 14 km.

Best Time to Visit Drukgyel Dzong

April to June: Throughout these months, visitors along with relishing the soothing weather of Drukgyel Dzong can beckon the beauty of a vibrant color riot of blooming flowers sprawled in the valley from Drukgyel Dzong.

July to September: The road leading to Drukgyel Dzong can get a bit difficult to pursue during the monsoon season, due to occasional rainfall. Hence, visiting the dzong during these months is not recommended.

October to March: Winter season is the best time to visit Drukgyel Dzong since during this time of the year visitors can witness the panoramic vista of snow-capped peaks of Mt Chomolhari from the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong.

Hotels near the Dzong

Paro, being a popular destination in Bhutan, offers various hotels and resorts available in Paro from budget to deluxe levels. Bhutan Holidays is happy to offer Hotel booking assistance to tourists, travelers and visitors. To visit Drukgyel Dzong Bhutan Holidays offers a tailor-made package tour to stay at Paro at an affordable price. Don’t wait! Plan your next tour with Bhutan Holidays.

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