Paro Dzong

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  • Address: Rinpung Dzong, Paro, Bhutan
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: 975-2323251
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture , Monastery , Fort

Paro Dzong - Review

The ParoDzong is commonly referred to as the RinpungDzong, and is a fortress-monastery commanding the view of theParo valley, as though pondering over its long, tumultuous history. Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche initially built a monastery here towards the beginning of the tenth century, the size of which was increased in 1644 by NgawangNamgyal on the old foundations to an imposing five-story structure. This served for the following centuries as a clever and effective defence point against invasion attempts by the Tibetans.

Below the dzong, a traditional wooden bridge called NyamaiZam spans the ParoChhu, a reconstruction of the original, which was washed away in a flood in 1969. This bridge also served important defence purposes as ealier versions of it were removed in time of war to protect the dzong. The most picturesque views of ParoDzong are taken from the west bank of the river.

The ParoDzong’s alternative name comes from the fact that it is built with stones instead of clay, as Rinpung literallytranslated into ‘heaps of jewels’. The structure survived the 1897 earthquake but the fort and all its jewels, however, succumbed to a fire in 1907, leaving only one thangka, known as Thongdel, intact. The Dzong was then rebuilt by the PenlopDawaPenjor after the fire.

Today, it houses fourteen shrines and chapels within its premises. The courtyard inside the fortress is used for ParoTsechu, one of the most important Bhutanese festivals. The dzongalso has a priceless collection of sacred masks and costumesand the beautiful prayer wheel out front incredibly beautiful. Some relics preserved here date back several centuries, while others were contributed by DawaPenjor and his successor PenlopTsheringPenjorrecently. Like most dzongs, this one too houses both members of the monastic body (about 200 monks) as well as government offices.

above the Dzong stands an ancient watchtower called Ta Dzong which has been the National Museum of Bhutan since 1967.

Paro Dzong Information

  • When you're in a temple in Bhutan, make sure that you only walk clockwise or you will be committing a major faux pas.
  • The flag-lowering ceremony here happens at around 4:30PM, in case you want to catch that.
  • Bear in mind, though, that if you arrive around the King’s departure time, you’ll have to wait for about 20 minutes to get in.
  • Visitors are only allowed to use the government office’s toilets here and these aren’t supposed to be too hygienic.
  • Trivia: Several scenes from Bernardo Bertolucci's 1995 film Little Buddha were filmed here.
  • All restaurants are over a kilometre away, so it’s a good idea to carry some bottled water and snacks.

Paro Dzong Opening and Closing Hours

  • The dzong courtyard is open daily, but on weekends, you will find the offices are deserted and most chapels are closed.

Restaurants Near Paro Dzong

  • Brioche Café
  • Paro Pizza
  • Bhukari at Uma by COMO

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TripHobo Highlights for Paro Dzong

  • Paro Dzong Address: Rinpung Dzong, Paro, Bhutan
  • Paro Dzong Contact Number: 975-2323251
  • Paro Dzong Timing: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Paro Dzong Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Paro Dzong(preferred time): 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Paro Dzong: 01:30 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Paro Dzong

  • 95% of people who visit Paro include Paro Dzong in their plan

  • 40.97% of people start their Paro Dzong visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Paro Dzong

Monday, Friday and Sunday

92.86% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Paro Dzong

People normally club together National Museum Of Bhutan and Kichu Lakhang while planning their visit to Paro Dzong.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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  • This is one of famous Dzongkhag and one of largest Dzongkhag of Bhutan. It is famously known as old capital city of Bhutan. Later this capital was shifted to Bhutan's Thimphu city due to location and other administration space. This Dzongkhag has administration and spritual purpose at one go to fulfill for this Himalayan state. The river side, lake, and residential monk all makes a nice combination to be in company at this place❤️😇

  • Exotic and beautiful background with purple colour flowering trees around. CD not see inside as we were late and it closes by 5 pm. Nearby hanging bridge was wowsome. We enjoyed freshly picked cucumber from field.

  • This place is lit up at night and it looks incredibly beautiful. Take the walk from Paro town to the dzong. You will pass a walkway over the river which itself is very pretty.

  • The unique dzong of bhutan and one of oldest dzong

  • It is a very old and big fortress.It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bhutan.

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