Le Méridien Thimphu
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Simtokha Dzong

Simtokha Dzong is a small dzong located approximately 05 kilometers from the capital city of Thimphu. It is a well known landmark, found along the Thimphu-Punakha highway on the way to Dochula pass. Built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the 18th Drukpa (or throne holder) who unified Bhutan, the dzong was the first of its kind built in the country.

The name "Simtokha" in Dzongkha (the local language) means "utop a demon", for the legend associated with the dzong's construction mentions that the fortress was built in order to subdue a demon that was harrassing travellers in the region.

The name Simtokha literally means “Atop a Demon” and the legend associated with the dzong’s construction tells us that it was built in order to subdue an evil spirit that was harassing travelers in the region. - See more at: http://www.tourism.gov.bt/western-bhutan/simtokha-dzong#sthash.paSd6LL7.dpuf
The name Simtokha literally means “Atop a Demon” and the legend associated with the dzong’s construction tells us that it was built in order to subdue an evil spirit that was harassing travelers in the region. - See more at: http://www.tourism.gov.bt/western-bhutan/simtokha-dzong#sthash.paSd6LL7.dpuf
The name Simtokha literally means “Atop a Demon” and the legend associated with the dzong’s construction tells us that it was built in order to subdue an evil spirit that was harassing travelers in the region. - See more at: http://www.tourism.gov.bt/western-bhutan/simtokha-dzong#sthash.paSd6LL7.dpuf

Today, the dzong serves as an important historical monument for the country. Being a former Buddhist monastery, the fortress houses many statues and paintings of various Buddhas, including the famous eight reincarnations of the Buddha, Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava). 

The dzong houses countless statues and paintings of various Buddhas, deities and religious figures including The Eight Manifestations of Guru Rimpoche, Jampelyang the Bodhisattava of Wisdom, Shakya Gyalpo the Buddha of Compassion and many more, all carved and painted in exquisite detail. - See more at: http://www.tourism.gov.bt/western-bhutan/simtokha-dzong#sthash.paSd6LL7.dpuf
Location  :  Thimphu Dzongkhag
Distance from the hotel  :  06 km
Commute Time from the hotel
 : 15 minutes by car
Best months to visit
 : Year Round