Drukgyel Dzong In Paro

Drukgyel Dzong in Paro, Bhutan

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About Drukgyel Dzong in Paro

Drukgyel Dzong stands in the upper part of Paro district as a reminiscence of a glorious past and a tragic present, much like most constructions of the medieval age. The other dzongs that one can see in Bhutan are fully or partially functional, with monastic bodies and government departments operating from within the complex – but not Drukgyel Dzong of Paro. The skeletons of an old fortress and monastery were all that this place was, before the State and the Royalty decided to start a complete renovation project of the Drukgyel Dzong in Paro, Bhutan in 2016. This is mainly to fix the damage done by the big fire in 1951 caused by a butter lamp, which destroyed it to a large extent. Before that, it was used as an administrative centre. The year 2016 was chosen to mark two great events in the history of Bhutan – the arrival of Ngawang Namgyel to Bhutan in 1616 AD and also the birth year of Guru Rinpoche.

For this reason, the interiors of Drukgyel Dzong in Bhutan might be closed to the public for a while. However, even in their diminished and ruinous forms, the fortress-monastery resonate a sort of poignant beauty that match perfectly with its role played in the past of Bhutan. Though there is no way to know it for sure, Drukgyel Dzong history says that it was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in around 1659 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, who later went on to unify all the fiefdoms of Bhutan and set up the sovereignty.

The fortress was built to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan forces from the north. The position where it stands used to be a very strategic one when it came to warfare with the powerful Northern Province. A special feature of Drukgyel Dzong is the false entrance-looking door, which only leads the enemy forces to an enclosed courtyard and trapped them inside. The Tremo La trail from Tibet enters the Paro Valley via this point, and once the invasions ceased and peace prevailed, this point was used for trade relations with Tibet. On the way up to the dzong, one can see a small chapel and a chorten, along with remains of old towers and walled tunnels – all crumbling under the weight of time, overgrown with weedy greens, but still standing tall enough to prove how well they served for the defence of Bhutan.

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    SARAN SASIDHARAN

    Bengaluru

    Saran's 6 days trip to Paro

    We had a great and memorable trip to Bhutan through Rimso Travels. Very hospitable, so much effort was put to solve even minute hiccups faced. Customer oriented and good planning. We really enjoyed the trip from the moment we reached Bhutan, not having to worry about anything at all. Special mention to Gauri who assisted us throughout, our friendly guide Kezang and driver Yugin. Chelela Pass, temperature was around -1, we could see water flowing down frozen to ice. Really enjoyed the rafting, the boat song and the chilled water. The view of Paro valley from National Museum in the evening hours

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    Drtuleshwar

    New delhi

    Drtuleshwar's 5 days trip to Paro

    Trip plan was nice. But our driver was not good who took us for Bhutan tour. Bith pick up and drop were good. If we could get either of them, our trip to Thimphu and Paro could have more memorable. Travel agent Priti was very helpful. Bhutan is nice, clean and peaceful country. we enjoyed there.

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    Nidamarty Vasu

    Hyderabad

    Nidamarty's 7 days trip to Paro

    Damber & Gurung had co ordinated very well throughout trip very well, planned trip excellent way, they are excellent except on last day pick up car came litle kare,but they have done their best, overall it's great experience, cab driver Ugyan was harsh and always rigid on timings to complete before 5 pm, he should have been more flexible Excellent trip specially Mountain valleys things nature flora is excellent sight seeing, hiking to tigers nest was really exciting, enjoyed whole trip, thanks once again for Damber & Gurung's excellent co operation

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    Nidamarty Vasu

    Hyderabad

    Nidamarty's 7 days trip to Paro

    Damber & Gurung had co ordinated very well throughout trip very well, planned trip excellent way, they are excellent except on last day pick up car came litle kare,but they have done their best, overall it's great experience, cab driver Ugyan was harsh and always rigid on timings to complete before 5 pm, he should have been more flexible Excellent trip specially Mountain valleys things nature flora is excellent sight seeing, hiking to tigers nest was really exciting, enjoyed whole trip, thanks once again for Damber & Gurung's excellent co operation

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    Madhav Meshram

    Bagdogra international airport

    Madhav's 8 days trip to Paro

    It was a wonderful experience especially Hema Ma'am & Jimmy ; very warm, welcoming and friendly. Always there to help us. Agency has made our Bhutan Journey a memorable one. Thank you so much for your hospitality. Jimmy guided us through our entire journey & he told me the values of Bhutan and spirituality on Tiger Nest. We prayed & learnt about spirituality, compassion & harmony. Journey was serene, smooth and mesmerizing, help us connect with our inner-self. We highly recommend to book your trip with them. Hope to see you in future again. Have a great and prosperous

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    Prasan Kumar Sampath Kumar

    Chennai

    Prasan's 6 days trip to Paro

    Yogi from Flying fox was very accommodating and made changes to the itinerary and the hotels as per our wish . The driver cum guide Sangay Tenzin was very professional, knowledgeable and told us many background details about each an every place we visited. He was very prompt in arriving at the hotel before us and helping us cover each and every place on time. In short he made our stay very comfortable and enjoyable. The Hotel Gakyil in Thimpu and Bhutan Mandala Resort in Paro were very good. The view from our hotel in Thimpu and Paro were spectacular. Gakyil has good variety of indian dishes. If you want good indian food, just roam around the places, you will definitely find good indian food although it is a bit costly as it will be in any international destination. All in all it was a very good trip made possible by Sangay and Yogi.

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    Madhavijeevan

    Aswath nagar

    Madhavijeevan's 7 days trip to Paro

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    Tanha Pardeshi

    Mumbai

    Tanha's 10 days trip to Paro

    Over all i had a good experience but since i was not aware about a place named phobjikha and i had not added it in my itinerary. I wanted it to be added and one other place to be cancelled. I was in contact with Harry, Bhutan INC did change my itinerary on immediate basis but i had to pay 100% of the cancellation charges of the hotel at paro. They are agents who book rooms regularly, i believe they could have managed to adjust my room to anyone else and i would not have had to pay extra at phobjikha. Other thing, after 3 days of my travel, my driver was changed. I understand the driver has an emergency but the other driver was all wanting us to go to places and schedule striictly according to the itinerary. Since the hotels booked by inc were all very very far away in all the cities, i had to pay extra every time to go to the town (taxi is bhutan is not economical) I had mentioned before going that i need pick up and drop from tiger nest and all that while ask the driver to take my parents around town. on which harry said, the driver will be flexible according to me, but he was not. I had to pay 600 rs for tiger nest to come back. He just didnt come to pick me up even when i said there are no cabs available here. I had to pay a driver of other car to drop me to the town. My first driver Tobden was really great and co operative. So, as much as possible please dont change the driver. Again last day when i was to be dropped at phuenstoling, my second driver sonam said he has some emergency and he will arrange some other car to drop me. When i refused for waganor, he gave me some other car with his friend who was not a tourist driver to drop me to phuenstoling. I contacted harry about all this the last day, amd also about tiger nest to which he said he will look into it but every time the driver said he has got no update from harry. and on top of that, harry just completely stopped replying to my messages. Will you just run away after the trip is to end???? What kind of professionalism is this??? Well, in bhutan i met a lot of people who said you could have got better hotels at lower price in the heart of the town. So, i would recommend book on your own, things will be easier.

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    Santhosh K S

    Bangalore

    Santhosh's 6 days trip to Paro

    Overall the trip was very good. we dint get the e-permit as promised by the agent bcoz of this we were suppose to go and stand in queue to get the permit once we reached there. As per iterinary .they were suppose to provide local guide with us .But once we reach there , there was no local guide. after speaking to the agent , he arranged the local guide. Apart from this , trip was nice.

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    Chitnisyogesh

    Mumbai

    Chitnisyogesh's 10 days trip to Paro

    Had a great experience. Dreamcaster tours and travels arranged this trip very well and within just two days on mynrequest. My tour coordinator was in constant touch with me and helped to solves all issues on time. Diver cum guide was really good and helpful. He also drove me to some of the places not mentioned in itinerary. Very happy with overall experience.

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    No, entry to Drukgyel Dzong is free of cost to the public.

     

    Because of the burden of time and the fire in 1951, Drukgyel Dzong has suffered considerable damage, and the government is carrying out reconstruction projects inside. For this reason, the place is closed for a while, but a visit to the premises is very much worth the trip. The trek up to the monastery is beautiful too.

     

    Drukgyel Dzong was originally constructed as a line of defence against the Tibetan armies. For this reason, its walls, towers and other constructions resemble that of a fortress to withhold attacks and sieges.

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