Jili Dzong is not massive in size like the other Dzongs in the valley. It is a small fortress built strategically on a ridge in the early 16th century to cater to the travelers who journey between Paro and Thimphu. The route remained active until late 1960’s when the vehicle road connected the districts of Thimphu and Paro. Since then, the route is frequented only by nomads who herd Yaks and by visiting tourists. There is a beautiful statue of Buddha inside the temple of the Dzong and is known to be continuously providing blessings to the travelers who go by and the people of Paro valley.
Departure: Daily (Early Morning)
Duration: 1 Day
Starts from: Paro Town or your Hotel
Ends at: Paro Town
Attractions: Jele Monastery, Views of Paro Valley, Mountain Jomolhari ((7314m)
Transportation: Private Car and Horse Ride
Paro to Jili Dzong :Distance 10 Kms and walking time 4-5 hours. Starting at Dop Shari (2300m) and camp at Jeli Dzong (3450m).
Morning 8:00 am: Drive from Paro Town to Ta Dzong (National Museum), takes about 10 minutes.
Our hike starts by driving in the car to the end of the motor road in the Dop-Shari Village. The trek trail is rather gradual climb till the ridge and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with the Mt. Jomolhari(7314m) and snowcapped mountains behind the valley. The trail winds though beautiful apple orchard before entering the forests. Bhutan is famous for its rich forests and today you will see the diversity of the Himalayan ecosystem. You will continue to climb higher until you reach Jili Dzong, a small fortress.
Afternoon 1:00 pm : (Walking time-3 to 4 hours) This afternoon, await the beautiful sunset from the East. You have the option of stay and watch the sunset sipping a hot cup of tea/coffee. Your lunch will be served in the open air (depending on weather) after the sunrise. You start descend to Ta Dzong a vantage point above the National Museum of Bhutan in Paro. Your hike down will be blessed with continuous scenic views of the Paro Valley down below. You pass through a scattered village named Jishi Gang (Mount of oak tress) settled mostly by the Tibetan immigrants.