When Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel came to Bhutan in 1616, he realized the need for good governance system to unify people of Bhutan. He then commanded construction of Dzongs in different regions for effective divisional governance.
During his lifetime, he has constructed five Dzongs and first one being Thimphu Simtokha Dzong in 1629. Paro Dzong is the last Dzong he built in this series. Its construction was started in 1644, just seven years before he entered nirvana.
Paro Dzong is one of the grandest architectures in Bhutan that has come all along fighting time and so many natural calamities. It was destroyed by earthquake in 1897 and also by major fire outbreak in 1907. However, leaders of those time didn’t let this beautiful Dzong remain buried in Bhutan history.
Indeed Paro Dzong alone holds so much history of Bhutan as much as any written records do. It’s very much close to heart of every Bhutanese. Therefore, Bhutanese fondly call it as ‘Rinpung Dzong’ meaning a ‘Fortress on a heap of precious jewels’.
Today Paro Dzong is one of the most preferred places of interest in Paro. Its ancient architectural design towering whole Paro Valley don’t let any onlookers pass by without noticing it. Tourists visit Paro Dzong to explore more of it and then history of Bhutan. There are also many tourist attractions near Paro Dzong.
Tourist attractions in/near Paro Dzong:
- Paro Ta Dzong – National Museum of Bhutan.
- Hungrel Dzong.
- Nyamai Zam-Cantilever Bridge below Dzong.
- Paro Archery Ground.
- Paro Tshechu Ground.
- Five chortens.
- Paro Ugyen Pelri Palace.
- Dungtse Temple.
There are many places to visit in Paro. These are just few that are nearby Paro Dzong. You won’t need much time in visiting them.
How to get to Paro Rinpung Dzong?
- Dzong remains open from 9 a.m-5 p.m.
- Photography isn’t allowed inside the Dzong.
- There is no public bus to this Dzong.
- Tourists can also take taxi or mini buses.
- No Shouting and making loud noises.
- You cannot smoke anywhere nearby the Dzong.
- Don’t carry sharp or inflammable objects.
There is an apple orchard below the Dzong. During spring, visitors can enjoy beauty of the Dzong with an aroma of apple blossoms. During autumn, visitors get to see and touch red ripen apples still on trees.
Paro Dzong under Flooding Light
I have shared photos of Thimphu Tashichho Dzong taken in night when it’s under flooding light. Similarly, flooding lights are also installed for Paro Dzong under the financial aid of Japanese government.
The beauty of Paro Dzong increases manifolds during night when it’s under flooding light. Therefore, many tourists actually say that Paro Dzong is more grander during nights.
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