Ancient Ruin of Drukgyel Dzong

– Ruined Legacy of Defensive Bhutan

Ruined Legacy of Defensive Bhutan
The ancient ruin of Drukgyel Dzong is the ruined site famous for its strong association with heritage and Bhutanese culture. Located on a ridge in the upper Paro valley, the heritage site served as an important base for defense in the region until 1951. That year, the structure got destroyed by fire. But even after destruction, the ruins are seen as an important link to the past in present. It is respected by the locals as the site associated with events that contributed in maintaining sovereignty of the country. It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the linage holder of Drukpa-Kagyud Buddhist School and the unifier of Bhutan who came to the region in 1616. He and his successors constructed Bhutanese fortresses called dzongs and consolidated the stronghold of Buddhism in the region under a single rule. Drukgyel Dzong, unlike other fortresses served the sole purpose of defense without administration and religion. At that time, this dzong had the best armoury in the country. Named on the victory of Bhutan, the ruins recognize the legendary triumph of the country over the combined forces of Tibetan and Mongolian army. All such interesting facets make Drukgyel Dzong an important heritage site of Bhutan.

How to Reach Drukgyel Dzong
By Air – Drukgyel Dzong ruins are located in Paro, the only international airport city of Bhutan.

Best Time to visit Drukgyel Dzong
The months of October to March is ideally suited to visit Paro in Bhutan.

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