#Tawang #chakzambridge #arunachalpradesh #india #northeastindia #himalayas #streetsofindia #storiesofindia #colursofindia #incredableindia #bikerlife #motoguy23 #bikersofinstagram #backpacker #globethrottle #discover_tawang #beautifuldestinations #indiatravel #travelindia #wanderlust #offroad #backpackersofindia #exploringnorth #lifeoftraveler #bestoutdoorphotos #indiapictures #everydayyi #actioncam #mytawang Thangthong Gyalpo, popularly known as Lama Chag-zam Wangpo was an architect, Philosopher and an Iron chain bridge builder. According to their authentic
references, G.Tucci and R.A.Stein accepts 1385 as the year of birth and 1464 as year of death of Thangthong Gyalpo.
According to the biographical information in the history of Bhutan, Thangthong Gyalpo was born in the year of Wood Ox year (1384) in the village of Rinchen
Ding in Tibet. He started building Iron suspension bridges of more than 100 meter Spans at the beginning of 15th century, while in Europe, spans of more than
20 meters were regarded as significant achievement. The only and more than 580 years old iron chain bridge, first of its kind in Mon region was constructed by
Lama Chag-zam Wangpo, sometime during 1420 to 1430, over river Tawang -Chu named Chag-zam where Chag means iron and Zam means bridge. The main
motivation behind this magnificent construction was his immense compassion for the people, who due to lack of bridges over various rivers in Himalayan region,
were usually compelled to cross them in small boats or other floating vessels etc.
During his life time, Lama Chag-zam Wangpo built over 100 iron bridges all over the Himalaya region. And Chagjam in Tawang is certainly one of them and
perhaps, it is, the only iron chain bridge in India built by him while such other bridges are over the various rivers in Himalaya region in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and
other adjoining regions. Due to its unworldly nature of construction, this needs timely consecration prayer to lengthen its life. The local folks even today offer
prayers at the metal work site. The consecration puja for the bridge was routinely conducted by the Guru Rinpoche.