Simtokha Dzong
Simtokha Dzong
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Dallasworldtraveler
dallas62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
It was such a nice experience. You can get an authentic experience walking into the dzong. Once you go inside the more sacred space, cameras are not allowed, but you are able to hear and see the monks chanting. Our awesome guide was able to tell us in detail about the meaning of symbols. The designs are spectacular.
Written April 5, 2024
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jamie0901
Mumbai, India586 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
Simtokha Dzong is supposed to be the First Dzong of Bhutan built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel who unified the whole country.

The Dzong is located on a hilly place and very quiet. It has beautiful architecture.
Written May 3, 2014
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Puran C
Dubai, United Arab Emirates24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Its a place where the monastery is build up on the stone where a demon hide out they believe. Very good art work. Visit here with proper dress code.
Written June 5, 2019
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Shubha Chatterjee
Wilmington, DE96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
This dzong is situated a little outside (5km?) Thimphu. Not many tourists visit, so it has a calm ambience. The structure is well preserved, and well worth visiting if you take the trouble to read up about it in advance. Many 14th century murals inside have been restored by Japanese experts, and are protected from light by thin curtains. Overall, a satisfying place to visit if you have the time. Would also be good if you can spare the time to sit quietly in the prayer hall for some time. It has a meditative atmosphere despite the rich decorations.
Written June 11, 2018
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Soumyajit_DM
Dallas, TX540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
I visited this dzong on the way out of Thimphu and am glad that I chose to go there. One of the oldest dzongs in Bhutan, well maintained, heavily guarded. You have to enter your name and passport (ID card) number before going in. The place provides absolute bliss to those who like traditional Buddhist establishments.

Photography not allowed in there. As you go inside, you will be welcomed by traditional Buddhist chanting punctuated by serene blow of trumpets and gongs of bells. The dzong is extremely well maintained and the idols are beautiful. Please visit this place if you are in Bhutan.
Written September 26, 2016
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Vamsi
Adliswil, Switzerland217 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
Simtokha Dzong is one of the oldest Dzongs in the Bhutan. Very carefully preserved culture and tradition. The carvings on walls in the courtyard is amazing. Good place to know more about the Bhutanese culture.
Written December 15, 2015
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Anik_Rahman
Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,097 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Solo
Simtokha Dzong is the other Dzong than the Paro (Tashichho Dzong) in Thimphu. It is located uphill nearby the town and takes about 15-20 minutes to get there using a taxi. I entered the Dzong taking permission from the Monks who were there. I was lost in the architecture which is simply brilliant. The air passages are made in such a way that it creates a soft and very soothing music as air passes. Please note that you are not allowed to enter the main prayer hall unless you get permission from the chief monk. I don’t know it is a regular scenario or the restriction was put for that particular day. Anyway I would still recommend this place for a short visit of 5-10 minutes if one is in Thimphu.
Written October 25, 2015
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792Carol_H
Newtown, Australia1,465 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
This was our first tourist attraction visit on arriving in Bhutan it is worth the stop and wander around. Our guide Kingy was most informative. It is the first fortress to have been built in 1629 and it is the oldest serving complete Dzong (type of Bhutan fortress). It is now being used as a monastery and is currently home to 30-40 monks.
Written October 6, 2019
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Priyanka Sureka
Kolkata (Calcutta), India149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
The place is located outside Thimphu town and is one of the best places in Thimphu. Loved the place with calm and serene view. Beautiful garden and equally mesmerizing architecture. This dzong is the oldest dzong in Bhutan.
Written July 11, 2019
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Saurabh Gupta
Mumbai, India193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Simtokah is amongst one of the earliest constructed Fortresses in Bhutan. Like all the fortresses this is also well maintained.
Written June 22, 2019
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