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Tachogang Lhakhang Travel Guide with History and Facts

Tachogang Lhakhang in Bhutan

A charming monastery in the Paro Valley is called Tachogang Lhakhang, which has a view of a tall mountain and a bubbling river stream. It has become a popular destination in Paro because it is located across the main Paro-Thimphu highway. To honor Thangtong Gyalpo’s memories, his successor constructed Tachogang Lhakhang, which is still privately owned and managed today. Its iron bridge is Tachogang Lhakhang’s most recognisable feature. Many tourists to Bhutan have been mesmerized by the Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, which is hung over Pa Chuu and covered in multicolored prayer flags.

Tachogang Lhakhang has become one of the must-see places in Paro for tourists visiting Bhutan because of its dreamlike view of tall mountains and a glistening river stream, as well as its unique iron bridge. When visiting the renowned Tachogang Lhakhang in Paro, feel the excitement of crossing the old iron bridge.

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History of Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge

According to historical records, Thangtong Gyalpo, a respected saint, blacksmith, poet, builder, and medic from Tibet, built the first Iron Bridge in Paro Valley around 1400. According to reports, Thangtong Gyalpo constructed 108 iron bridges throughout his lifetime, including the eight in Bhutan, some of which are still in use today. High flood in 1969 demolished Tachogang Lhakhang’s original iron bridge, but they were able to save some of the original chains created by Thangtong Gyalpo. The famous iron bridge was replaced by a suspension bridge following this incident. Later in 2005, Jigme Singe Wangchuck, the third Dragon King, gave the order to rebuild the bridge using salvaged iron chains.

Things to See in Tachogang Lhakhang

  • The historic Iron Bridge of Paro Valley is a must-visit.
  • The astounding view of Pa Chhu meandering through the lofty mountain.
  • The Masonry structure of the Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.
  • The exquisite paintings and figurines of Thangtong Gyalpo adorning the hall of Tachogang Lhakhang.

Things to Remember

  • Tachogang Lhakhang is a private temple so visitors need to take permission from the monks to enter the Lhakhang
  • Visitors need to be careful while crossing the Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge as most of the iron chains date back 600 years
  • Visitors can visit the Tachogang Lhakhang Iron Bridge even without permission.

How to Reach Tachogang Lhakhang

By Road- This Lhakhang can be reached by car within 10 minutes or either by walking for around 30 minutes from the main town of Paro. The distance between Paro to Tachogang Lhakhang is 5 km.

By Air- The only international airport is located in Paro and after landing at this airport, you can easily reach this temple by renting a taxi.

By Train- Due to the absence of railway infrastructure in Bhutan, you simply cannot reach this Lhkhang by train. You can only travel up to Hasimara Railway Station

Who Was Thangtong Gyalpo?

Thangtong Gyalpo was a revered saint, blacksmith, poet, architect, and physician from Tibet. It has been reported that Thangtong Gyalpo built around 108 iron bridges throughout his life including the 8 bridges in Bhutan some of which are still in use.

Hotels & Homestays Nearby

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