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Tachogang Lhakhang

Tachogang Lhakhang in Bhutan

Located at a distance of 2km from Paro Airport is the most finest and outstanding dzong of Bhutan, Rinpung Dzong. Rinpung Dzong also known as Paro Dzong is rank as a high point of Bhutanese architecture. The construction of Rinpung Dzong was started in 1644 under the commandment of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal on the foundation of monastery built by Guru Rinpoche. In 1646 Rinpung Dzong was built and established as the administrative and monastic centre of the western region. The name Rinchen Pung Dzong which is usually shortened to Rinpung Dzong means ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’ in Bhutanese language.

There is always a legend behind the foundation of any sacred institution dotting the scenic kingdom of Bhutan and Tachogang Lhakhang has its own. As per the local legend, when Tangtong Gyelpo was meditating at the hilltop, where now Tachogang Lhakhang stands, he had a vision of an emanation of Avalokiteshvara and decided to build a temple as well as an iron suspension bridge at this location. The original iron suspension bridge made by the ‘madman of empty valley’, who is said to have built 58 iron chain suspension bridges around Bhutan & Tibet, was washed away during a flood of 1969 and later restored in 2005. The iron bridge is embedded with the vibrant prayer flags which flutter and unlike other bridge it doesn’t have an opaque base instead it’s a set of interlinked chain which add up to the thrill of crossing the bridge. The view of Paro Chuu cascading through lofty mountain has ensnared the heart of many travelers and the sudden rush of adrenaline when the bridge makes slight movement while hit by a strong breeze makes the memory everlasting. Tachogang Lhakhang is a private monastery where the outsiders are not allowed without permission. It is said that the lhakhang is run by the descendent of Tangtong.

The sight of strong chain embedding the masonry structure gives the assurance of safety of tourist while crossing the bridge while the green meadow of the hilltop highlight the crimson colored lhakhang which emits an aura of ethereal ambiance.

Best time to visit Tachogang Lhakhang

As mentioned earlier, tourist need to take permission in order to visit Tachogang Lhakhang but the iconic bridge of Tachogang Lhakhang can be visited throughout the year but to catch the unhindered view of mountain range flanking Paro autumn season from October to November is considered the best time to visit. Or during the spring season March to May when the valley is covered with the vibrant color riot of blooming Himalayan flora.

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