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Drugyel Fortress In Paro Bhutan

The Drugyel Dzong is a Fortress built in the mid 15th Century when Bhutan under the leadership of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal defeated and pushed back the Tibetan Invasion.

It was always in utter ruins after the fire in 1950. Then in 2016 the Prime Minister of Bhutan promised to rebuilt the Drugyel Dzong to its former glory. Immediately after this much awaited announcement,the rebuilding works started coinciding with the celebration of 3 auspicious and important events in the history of Bhutan. First, the Birth of the Royal Prince, His Highness the “Gyalsey”, Second, the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava( Guru Rimpoche ) and Third,in celebration of 500 years of arrival of the founder of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The ground breaking ceremony and rituals was performed on 6th February 2016, a day after His Royal Highness “The Gyalsey” was born.

It is now near completion and even the Utse (the highest sacred part of the Fortress) has already been installed.

Drugyel Dzong is still visited by many Bhutanese and tourist alike as it is beautiful whether in ruins or being rebuilt. It has a divine aura that will always be associated with this victory fortress.

From Drugyel Fortress, on a clear day we can see the Mount Jumolhari, the Sacred Mountain Goddess.

Before the roads were constructed beyond the Drugyel Dzong, the Jumolhari Trek used to begin from this Fortress entering into the first village of Shana in Paro.

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