Simtokha Dzong

The first Dzong constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629. 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 travellers in the region.

Zhabdrung visited the place and subdued the demon,  banishing her into the rock on the hill and constructed this Dzong derived its name as Simtokha from the word “Sinmo Do Kha” the Dzong on top of the demon