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Simtokha Dzong, Thimphu

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Landmark Tourist Spot
See the birthplace of modern Bhutan at Simtokha Dzong, a three story mini-fortress perched on a ridge overlooking strategic Thimpu Valley. Built in 1629 by a lama who unified Bhutan, the building combines monastic and administrative use. With massive entry doors, high inward-sloping brick and stone walls with a red ochre stripe near the top, this is a typical dzong but also the oldest one which survived in its original form. Admire a large central figure of Sakyamuni flanked by eight bodhisattvas and the Chinese-style flared roof. You can watch the monks here or and observe a panorama with the city in the distance and a statue of golden Buddha. To visit Simtokha Dzong and other attractions in Thimphu, use our Thimphu trip generator.
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  • We visited this place on our way back from Punakha to Paro. We had seen Punakha Dzong by then, which is far more beautiful. But history has its own charm. This being the oldest Dzong in Bhutan, you ha...  more »
  • Although one can visit many Dzong in Bhutan, each Dzong is different with different vibrations. Simtokha was huge and impressive. One must visit it.  more »
  • The road to this temple is very nice and you get a nice view of the city, Buddha Point etc. And this place has some history as well, being built in 1627. It was originally built to keep an watch on in...  more »
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  • The 1st zong. Worth visiting. A very nice aura at this place
  • massive Fortress in southern Thimphu. It was the first fortress ever builtin the country inorder to unify the nation and also to protect from Tibetan Invasion. This is the only fortress where they dont have administrative function. It is a buddhist Monastic institute. The shrine inside where tourists are allowed to visit is beautifully kept with a big Buddha statue. Photograph is not allowed inside.
  • A very place to explore if you reached in thimphu. It's the oldest dezong or temple in bhutan. A very place surrounded by the natures beauty. Everyone will be amazed that it is made of wood and stones in 16th century. To visit this place , time is 9 am to 5 pm. Everyday of the week. You can go inside the main temple but there is no photography allowed. So be careful about that. It is said that it is the first place in bhutan , from where demons are afraid and escaped it and the the initial place for startion of Buddhism in bhutan
  • One of the first Dzong ever built in Bhutan by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel.Beautiful Dzong.
  • Historic site. It was the first Dzong built by Zhabdrung in 1600s and every since it has seen lot of history. What's impressive is that the Dzong still has it's glory in tact.