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Tago Lhakhang


In the centre of tiny Bondey village, on the east side of the Paro Chhu, beside the main road near the Bondey bridge, is this charming and unusually-shaped temple, founded by Thangtong Gyalpo. A circular chapel occupies the upper floor but access can be tricky; ask for the key at the next-door Tharpala General Shop if the caretaker is not around.

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