Built to subdue an evil spirit that was harassing the travelers of the region, Simtokha Dzong was made after the Gyal Gyad Tshel Institute of Ralung(Tibet). Its central tower has 12 sides, contains the bedchambers of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and Jigme Namgyel, who are two of the most important figures of Bhutan history.
The houses of Dzong posses countless paintings and statues of Buddha, religious figures, and other deities including the eight manifestations of Shakya Gyalpo- the Buddha of Compassion, Guru Rimpoche, Jampelyang- the Bodhisattava of Wisdom and many others.
Highlights: There is a monastic school, a storeroom, and a chamber to store weapons. To the left, there is a water fortress called Chu Dzong, which is used as a prayer hall for the students. At the junction, there is a Chorten from Zhabdrung’s
Time: Open from 9am to 5pm and spring and autumn season is the best time to visit this place.