Simtokha Dzong, also known as the Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras, is Bhutan’s first and oldest dzong. Though small, Simtokha Dzong serves as one of Bhutan’s most important historical monument.
Believed to have been built to subdue the demon that threaten travelers, feel the relaxing and calming sound of the Himalayan River nearby while watching the traditional events of the Buddhist monks. This is also the home of the Institute for Language and Culture Studies where tourists meet both monks and students to learn about Bhutan’s rich history.
Simtokha Dzong is located at Semtoka, Bhutan.
Opening Days and Hours
Simtokha Dzong is open daily from 8:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance is free.
How to Get There
- Fly to Bhutan via Druk Air, or Bhutan Airlines.
- From the airport, take a taxi to Thimphu.
- At Thimphu, book a tour. Tours often provide transportation.
- If traveling DIY, you can take the taxi.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is 1 hour.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit Simtokha Dzong is between 8:00 and 11:00.
Dining options near Simtokha Dzong include the Babeza Village Restaurant, The Zone, Ambient Cafe, Seasons Restaurant, and Zombala.
- Paro Taktsang
- Rinpung Dzong
- Drukgyal Dzong
At Thimphu, you can find various accommodations ranging from budget to luxurious. Options include Kisa, Hotel Migmar, Hotel Phuntsho Pelri, Hotel Admohara, Bhutan Suites, Namgay Heritage Hotel, Hotel Galingkha, and Hotel Riverview. Rates range from USD 70 to USD 250.