Rinpung Dzong in Paro, Bhutan
Visit the Main Fortress-monastery of Paro
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About Rinpung Dzong in Paro
Rinpung Dzong is the main fortress-monastery of Paro which houses the monastic body and the governmental and administrative departments in its complex. This is the basic characteristic of any dzong in Bhutan, and Rinpung Dzong of Paro is no exception. It belongs to the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu School, and the stories of this place date back to as early as 15th century.
Because of its central importance in the entire district, Rinpung Dzong is simply referred to as the Paro Dzong. Before making a visit to this place, one must know about Paro Dzong and why it plays an important role in the development of Bhutan. The initial structure only had a five-storied dzong and was known as the Hungrel Dzong after the village block, or Gewog – as they call in Bhutan. It was built by Lama Drung Drung Gyal, whose descendants later offered this place in the 17th century as a gift to the great Ngawang Namgyal, the creator of unified Bhutan and the Zhabdrung Rinpoche as well. He ordered reconstruction of the dzong, and it was dismantled and revamped into the current structure.
Inside Paro Rinpung Dzong, there are 14 main shrines that one must see. Most of them are not open to the public, but a glimpse of the architecture and grandeur from the outside is good enough too. The Temple of the Guru Rinpoche Eight Manifestations is an important shrine, so is the Sandalwood Stupa, the Chapel of the Head Lama, Chapel of Amitayus, Chapel of Akshobhya, Temple of Bursar and the Treasure Revealer. The Protector’s Shrine, the Clear Crystal Shrine, Monks’ Assembly Hall and the apartments of the abbots and the king are the other spots worthy of a look.
Other than the history of Paro Dzong and the architectural marvel that it is, the courtyard of the place also hosts the annual Paro Tshechu with lots of folk music, dancing and other live performances – it is quite a lively affair and must not be missed if the trip is in March-April.
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Bharat's 7 days trip to ParoOur trip was well organised thanks for this trip. The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens it was our Best Memory of the trip!
Mohit's 6 days trip to ParoThimpu hotel stay was good experience rest of the trip was also fine.
Rakeshkumar's 6 days trip to ParoThimphu city and the hotel was really good, but we requesting you please never suggest Hotel Tshringma to other guest because the staff & services are not customer oriented. Thimpu City sightseeing was our Best Memory of the trip!
Bipin's 7 days trip to ParoOur agent ASTER TOURS was very good. we had an anniversary on 11th December and we told to agent that we have to dinner in a local dress and our agent arranged all the things as per our choice.
Alhad's 6 days trip to ParoBhutan trip was amazing we loved Bhutnese culture and people. Hike to Tiger Nest was our Best Memory of the trip! It takes between four and five hours to do the round trip hike, plus one more hour to tour the monastery. Many people also have lunch in the cafeteria not far from the monastery. Plan on leaving Paro around 8 am and arriving back at your hotel around 3 pm.
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Kiran's 7 days trip to ParoAmazing trip planned by travel triangle & Texa Trove team. Taktsang monastery also known as Tiger Nest in Paro was our Best Memory of the trip!
Pramod's 7 days trip to ParoWe had a memorable trip from Himavat Destination and overall trip was good.
Piyush's 7 days trip to ParoOverall trip was good we thank TravelTriangle & the tour operator Valley Tours.
Kulu's 6 days trip to ParoOur entire trip was well organised we faced issue while getting clearance from immigration office but somehow we got through it.
Kaustav's 8 days trip to ParoDamber our tour operator from AD Tours was a really helpful chap. Thanks to them for organising such great trip along with TravelTriangle. We Experienced snowfall in Paro it was our Best Memory of the trip!
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Rinpung Dzong was built by the fief-lord Ngawang Namgyal, the creator of unified Bhutan and is now the home of the monastic and administrative body of Paro district. Its importance is in its very purpose.
Ngawang Namgyal rebuilt on foundations of the 15th-century dzong and constructed the current architecture in 1646.
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