If you are one of those people who like cloud covered mountains and luxuriant greens, then this is the must hike. Zuri Dzong hike is one of the most beautiful day hike in Paro. It will be like visiting a part of heaven itself. We have to take the ancient walking trail through lush green forest to reach the fort.
Zuri Dzong Hiking Trail
Zuri Dzong hike starts, 2Km from Ta Dzong. As you walk through this trail you can capture the stunning panoramic view of Paro valley. It will take about 30 minutes of uphill climb to reach the fort. The hike is rejuvenating, with a backdrop of mountains and lush green forest. Puffy clouds sweeps in and out, making the whole scene seem like a bit of a fantasy.
We also met an entertaining local on our day hike to Paro, Zuri Dzong.
As you approach towards Zuri Fort you will be welcomed by narrow bridge with running stream.
The Zuri Dzong stands like a silent sentinel, surrounded by Big Cypress Trees which is supposed to be 400 years old.
There is also a running local story on how the Cypress tree came here. During the 15th century at the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, one man from the vicinity of Dzong had committed that he would take the responsibility of collecting woods for Paro Dzong Construction. He was whipping the tree and rolling it down to Paro Dzong. And when he reached the courtyard of Zuri Fort he was stopped by a lady for a cup of tea. As he started drinking the tea, the trees started standing on their own and implanted themselves in the courtyard of Dzong.
You can take the rest here under the cypress tree and enjoy the cool sweeping breeze before heading to the magnificent fort.
This site is revered as it is believed to have been blessed by Guru Rinpoche. Built in 1352, this massive six storied fighting Zuri Dzong was ideally located to protect the valley. It has thick walls and has narrow slits in and around the fort through which soldiers could shoot arrows and the top floor was used for storage as well as to target attackers with cannon balls. Inside the monastery , you can immediately feel a sense of peace, essentially ethereal and other worldly.
The hike is easy and after checking out from the monastery , we can retrace the path back.
The location of Zuri Dzong is perfect for a day hike. For those who do not fancy walking for hours yet seeking solitude and peace, Zuri is the place to go. It is a perfect place to enjoy the bounties of nature. Many people find tranquility and solace here.
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