Drukgyel Dzong

Drukgyel Dzong is a historic fortress located in the Paro Valley of Bhutan. It was built in 1649 by the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, a Tibetan Buddhist master, to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders. The dzong served as an administrative center and a military fortress for several centuries before it was destroyed by fire in 1951.

Today, Drukgyel Dzong remains an important cultural landmark in Bhutan and a popular destination for tourists. Visitors can explore the ruins of the dzong, which offer stunning views of the Paro Valley and surrounding mountains.

In recent years, the Bhutanese government has undertaken efforts to restore and preserve the dzong. Visitors can witness the ongoing restoration work and gain insight into traditional Bhutanese building techniques.

The dzong is also the starting point for the popular Druk Path trek, a six-day trek that takes hikers through forests, mountains, and remote villages, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas along the way.

The dzong’s stunning location, impressive architecture, and rich history make it a unique and unforgettable destination in the heart of the Paro Valley.