Tachogang meaning the ‘Temple of the hill of the excellent horse’ was built by Bhutanese legendary, the great iron bridge builder Thangtong Gyalpo (1385-1464). As story goes,Thangtong Gyalpo was meditating at the very same spot when he had a vision of the spiritual horse Balaha-an emanation of ChenrizigAvalokiteshvara which inspired him to build a temple and name it Tachogang Lhakhang – “temple of the excellent horse”
ThangtongGyalpo was a wonder working saint and engineer who is believed to be the first to use heavy iron chains in construction of suspension bridges. He built numerous iron bridges and temples across Bhutan and Tibet which is still today visited by many devotees. He is believed to have composed many of the folk songs still sung by people during harvesting, building houses and harvesting.
Tachogangtemple is beautifully positioned on the base of a mountain. The main shrine of lhakhang holds the relics: statue of Lord Buddha, Zhabdrung, Guru Padmasambhava and ChenrizigAvalokiteshvara. There also is a stack of ancient books(Kangjur and Tenjur) and a walking stick of Lam ThangtongGyalpo.
The temple conducts tshechu every year where the monks come together to read the kanjurand Tenjurfor the well being of all sentient beings. Even the mask dances performed are said to be unique, different than the rest of the mask dances.
It is a private monastery run by the descendants of ThangtongGyalpo. Visitors can request the monks to for a quick visit inside. The temple is surrounded by beautiful orange and apple trees. The residents are also seen caring for rescued cattle.
The lhakhangis located along Paro-Thimphu highway, before chhuzom and right after Isunavillage. It is just a 10 minutes walk from the road. Cross Pa chu (Paro River) through a 900 years old traditional bridge. Originally built in 1420, itwas restored in 2005 after being washed away in a flood in 1969.
It is a great spot for pictures, peaceful and offers beautiful view. People are also seen rafting below the lhakang on the Pa chu.