Let’s visit Drukgyel Dzong – An UNESCO World Heritage Site
If you are a history enthusiast or a nature lover or a traveler who loves to visit offbeat and unique destinations, then you should visit the Drukgyel Dzong.
It is located at the upper part of the Paro district in the magical country of Bhutan. The Dzong was once a fortress which now has turned into ruins but is still one of the most famous places to visit in Bhutan. It is considered to be among the most beautiful and famous archeological sites in Bhutan. Situated 14 km north of Paro, this Drukgyel Dzong was once one of the four principal Dra Dzongs.
History of the Drukgyel Dzong:
Ground-breaking ceremony of the historic Drukgyel Dzong Reconstruction is being conducted today pic.twitter.com/EEVuQ19rXn
— PM Bhutan (@PMBhutan) February 6, 2016
This Dzong was built in the year 1649 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Some believe that Tenzin Drugda who was the second Desi, built it at the command of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It served as the major base for defense in the region and had a control of the route to Tibet. According to the Bhutanese people, Drukgyel Dzong represents the victory of the Bhutanese over the combined Tibet-Mongol forces. And thus the name Druk Gyal came which literally stands for “the fortress of victory”. It was also used as the summer residence by the Rinpung Rabdey.
Later on the last day of the three-day annual prayers in the 10th month of the Bhutanese calendar in the year 1951, the Dzong was burnt. According to the sources, a lamp fell on the central tower and the beautiful fortress was burnt and now only the ruins of the giants wall, watch tower etc can be seen. You must visit this historic beauty of Bhutan during your Bhutan Tour.
How to reach Drukgyel Dzong:
Drukgyel Dzong is situated in Paro which is the airport city of Bhutan. You can reach Paro and take a car or cab on rent to reach Drukgyel Dzong. Haismara is the nearest railway station in India as there are no railways in Bhutan.
Best time to visit:
October to December is said to be the best time to visit Bhutan. During this period the sky remains clear and the weather is comfortable which make it perfect for sightseeing. You can also visit the country during January and February which is the winter season and the temperature remains quite chilled and pleasant.
Some interesting facts about Drukgyel Dzong:
- Druk is the local name for Bhutan
- The Dzong was built only with the defensive purposes without religious purposes
- It had bestowed the best armory of the country of that era
- It is built strategically near Tibetan Borders to strengthen the defense
- The features of the ruined fortress can easily be understood as they are well preserved
- Its design depicts that it was built according to the geographical conditions of the hills
- The massive stone masonry walls enclosed the inner space of the Dzong
- The approach to the Dzong was possible only through a single entrance
- It is said that there were secret tunnels below the hill to fetch water from the river during the time of war
Drukgyel Dzong has immense importance in the history of Bhutan
And it also helped in forming the part of the civilization of Bhutan. All these amazing facts have helped Drukgyel Dzong to become a World Heritage Site. So, next time you visit the “Land of Thunder Dragons”, do visit this Dzong in order to witness the beauty of it (though in form of ruins).