A Glimpse of Tachog Lhakhang- Holds the Ancient History of Bhutan
Tachog Lhakhang, also known as Tachogang Lhakhang is one of the oldest Dzong is located along the Paro-Thimphu highway. This Dzong is placed between two villages i.e. Isuna Village and Chhuzom Village. Built by Thangtong Gyalpo in 1420 and the most iconic feature of this Dzong is an iron bridge across the Pa Chhu River by which you can reach to this Dzong. Tachog Lhakhang along with its picturesque views of snow-capped mountains and shimmering river stream along with an iconic iron bridge makes an ideal destination to visit as well as attracts more tourists from all over the world.
How to Reach Tachog Lhakhang, Paro?
- The easiest way to reach Paro is by taking a flight up to Paro International Airport. And after reaching the airport, you can hire a cab or taxi to reach Tachog Lhakhang.
- Distance from Paro International Airport to Tachog Lhakhang- 5 km
- If you want to reach Bhutan on the rail track, firstly you have to reach the nearest railheads, which are NJP railway station and Hasimara Railway Station and then you opt for a cab or taxi to reach Tachog Lhakhang. As there are no direct railway routes up to Bhutan.
What does history say about Tachog Lhakhang?
The name of Tachog means ‘temple of the hill of the excellent horses’. It is believed that the builder of this Dzong, i.e. Thangtong Gyalpo had a vision of the spiritual horse Balaha during his meditation. And then after the vision, he decided to build a temple and named it Tachog Lhakhang.
A few words about Tachog Lhakhang-
The Dzong is relatively small but beautiful which has many fruit trees such as orange & apple, around and inside it. The people around the Dzong, who take care of this temple, can also be seen caring for their cattle.
Best time to visit: Throughout the year
Opening hours: You can visit this Dzong any time of the day. However, it is recommended coming here between the time ranges from 8 am to 5 pm.
Now, a brief idea about Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge-
According to history, the original form of this bridge was built during 1400 by Thangtong Gyalpo in order to easily access to Tachog Lhakhang. Later, this bridge was destroyed by the high water and a suspension bridge took place of the iron bridge. However, few of the iron chains were rescue and in 2005, the 3rd king Jigme Singe Wangchuk ordered to restore the iron bridge with the help of rescued iron chains.
More interesting facts about Tachog Lhakhang you must know-
While you visiting this Dzong, here are the things that you can explore:
- The masonry structure of Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge
- The eye-catching view of Pa Chhu flowing under the iron bridge
- The exquisite paintings adorning the hall of Tachogang Lhakhang
During your Tachog Lhakhang, you should some facts keep in your mind:
- Visitors need to seek permission from the monks to enter Lhakhang
- While crossing the iron bridge, you need to be careful as it acts a lot like a trampoline.
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Recent review of Tachogang Lhakhang-
Pradeepbhoot, Chennai: It was an amazing exp of standing on the pillarless bridge and listening to sound of river and smelling the greens. I did a bike ride on that highway and recommend it.
Review Sources: https://www.tripadvisor.in/members/pradeepbhoot