Paro Taktsang

Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery hangs on a cliff, and stands above an enchanting forest of blue pines and rhododendrons. As this beautiful and very exceptional monastery is a sheer climb up the hill (900 meters), a pony can be arranged for the ride up, but only until the cafeteria. From then on, it is another steep walk and some narrow stairs towards the monastery itself. The trail crosses a chapel of butter lamps and descends to a waterfall by the Snow Lion Cave. The view of the Paro valley from here on is breathtaking, and the atmosphere very holy, a place where every Bhutanese will want to come at least once in his/her life. This is the place where Guru Rinpoche brought Buddhism into Bhutan, arriving on the back of a tigressy.

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