Drukgyel (Drukgyal) Dzong Paro, Bhutan

Drukgyel (Drukgyal) Dzong in upper Paro is one of the most mesmerizing monasteries in the city.

It was contructed in 1649 and was a prominent defense base due to its proximity to Tibet. Though now in ruins after the fire from butter lamps in early 1950s, it is still worth a visit.

The name of the monastery comes from the words Druk (Bhutan) and gyel (victory). This monastery was built to commemorate the victory of the kindgom against Tibet.

Subsequently, after the wars, this trail from Tibet became a very popular trade route. Now, this is a part of the Jhomolhari trek.

We got down from our car near the dzong and saw this old lady sipping  a bowl of soup. We decided to take some pictures.

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The beautiful wooden houses of Bhutan are something I can never get over. With so much of detailed paintings, it must be taking so much of time to construct one.

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The first view of the Dzong.

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We stayed in the dzong for about an hour before leaving to see the rest of Paro. It was a time well spent, walking in the ruins.

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This post is written by Saurabh Chatterjee. He is a travel photographer and a photography trainer.
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