The Dzong is Paro is known as Rinpung Dzong which literally means the Fortress of Heap of Jewels.
In the 15th century there were 2 brothers, Gyelchok and Gyelzom in Paro. Gyelcho went to Tibet for studies and spent all the wealth he has on his studies. But the time he came back to Bhutan he became very poor, so he was not entertained as a family by his brother Gyelzom saying that they don't have beggars in the family. So he went away and stayed in Humrelkha beside the river and later he has constructed a small building beside Paa chu, which later became Paro Dzong, and the descendent are called the Lord of Humrel. In 1645 the lord of Humrel has offered this small fortress to Zhabdrung thus recognizing the religious and political authority. After that Zhabdrung immediately started to construct the fortress and the Dzong was consecrated in 1646.
In 1905 it was completely burned by fire and was reconstructed by Paro Penlop Dawa Penjor through the special tax levied throughout Bhutan.
Today the dzong is the administrative seat of Paro and also has a Buddhist community.
Open: Every day from 09:00 to 17:00 in summer and 09:00 to 16:00 in winter.
Lunch Break: No lunch break
Dress Code: Formal, Gho and Kira with Kabney and Rachu for Bhutanese and for forigners (Tourist) long pants and full sleeve shirts.
Entry Fee: Regional Tourists from India, Maldives, and Bangladesh have to buy entry tickets but other nationalities don't have to buy entry tickets but have to show visa clearance copies.
Photography:Photography is allowed till courtyard
As you enter the fortress you will see the beautiful and popular paintings of God of Four directions, Four Harmonious friends, Six elements of Longevity, and Wheel of Life.
This fortress is also divided into Administrative and Monastic. As you walk down to the second courtyard from first you will reach Kunre Lhakhang which is used by monks to study, eat, and also to sleep if they are short of hostels, though they fold all the beddings during say time.
The main figure here Buddha in is Jowo form. And there are beautiful paintings of Guru Rinpoche, 3 ages of Buddha, Zhabdrung, and other divine figures.
If you look through the window you will be able to see beautiful Ugyen Pelri Palace. And if you are energetic you can opt to walk down to the road point by crossing the beautiful cantilever bridge.