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Simtokha Dzong

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Address: 5 kms south of Thimphu, Thimphu, Bhutan
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+975 17 11 10 48

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Impressive Dzong

Although one can visit many Dzong in Bhutan, each Dzong is different with different vibrations. Simtokha was huge and impressive. One must visit it.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Yatin M
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although one can visit many Dzong in Bhutan, each Dzong is different with different vibrations. Simtokha was huge and impressive. One must visit it.

Thank Yatin M
Pune, India
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 invading Tibetans and storage of armory. Location is nice and the ambiance of the temple is very nice. A... More 

Thank Royadip
Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you visited the main dzong in Thimphu, this may seem less impressive as it's smaller. But this is the oldest dzong, built in 1629. Worthy of a visit with a good guide. And spare some time to sit inside the main temple and meditate too

Thank SidBhan
Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the oldest Dzong & monastery in Bhutan and it has an amazing view of the new Buddha on the other side of the valley. It's worth visiting, if you have extra time in Thimphu.

Thank Cris-Eshana
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to the monastery in the morning and it was no better way to start our day. The oldest dozing, now a monastery where many monks reside. It was very quiet when we got there. We were able to observe the monks went about their morning routine quietly. Some were chanting, studying some were cleaning up the area. The... More 

Thank Muthuuu M
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Dzong(Earlier Forts) are many in bhutan. This dzong is near thimpu and very beautiful.It gives peace to the mind inside the dzong. very impressed with the architecture.

Thank Krishana A
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Dzong is the oldest in thimpu. its located on a hill and the view is amazing from there. The dzong is beautifully built and Maintained till today as it houses a monastery now. The atmosphere inside is very peaceful and serene. One cannot miss the rich cultural and religious heritage of Bhutan.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This actually a Monastery but in Bhutan they are called Dzong. Apparently this was the first Dzong built in Bhutan by the first King who had come from Tibet and established his kingdom here. We had to take off our shoes , caps and sun glasses before we entered. Inside were many monks reciting their prayers under the supervision of... More 

Thank Viraat
New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is suggested to visit this oldest Dzhong of Bhutan by trekking from backside, the trek is around 800-1000 mtr but worth going due to its natural feel. It is also suggested to visit before 1200 AM and to sit and enjoy the chants of Lama students. Go around the four corner (outside) and keep in mind that it was... More 

Thank Dhananjay_Bhatt
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Thimphu tour starts from this place, it's an ancient historical temple with a good viewpoint. It's the oldest Dzong in Thimphu which is commonly known as a fort otherwise. The structure is completely wooden and nice.

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