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Drukgyel Dzong

Drukgyel Dzong

Bhutan Tours - the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong

The atmospheric ruins of Drukgyel Dzong sit on a promontory some 14km north of Paro.  On a clear day (October and November especially) there are good views of the snowy peak of Jhomolari, Bhutan's second highest mountain at 7,314 metres.  The dzong is located on the historic trading route to Tibet, and is named (druk = Bhutan; gyel = victory) after a famous victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644.  The dzong was largely destroyed by fire in 1951, but the towering outer walls and central keep remain an imposing sight.  At the foot of the ramparts is a picturesque village (below right) which you will have time to visit.