Bhutan: Ruins of the Drugyel Dzong

Drugyel Dzong is a ruined dzong (fortress) built in the 1649 after the victory over the invasive forces of Tibet. The dzong has a commanding position at the most westerly end of the Paro Valley and is the first point of entry into the valley from over the Himalayas. Unfortunately, it burned to the ground in 1950s, and has been in ruins ever since. However, last year in 2016 when the new crown prince was born, it was announced that the dzong will be completely restored and renovated to its old glory. Even ruined, it’s still beautiful with flowers and moss growing on the rampart walls and tower and massive cypress tree standing guard just below the fortress.