Taktsang Monastery

Taktsang Monastry

The excursion to Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest is one of the highlights of the visit to Bhutan, and one of the most sacred places and a pilgrimage that every Bhutanese dreams of accomplishing. The monastery, perched on the steep cliff seems impossible to reach. But once there, you are tempted to rest, contemplate the view and enjoy the forest. The tiger’s Nest owes its name to the 8th century saint Padmasambhava who, according to myth, visited here mounted on a flying tiger. Also Known as Guru Rinpoche, he subdued the local deities and converted Paro to Buddhism. He is said to have meditated in the cave, now the lower floor of the monastery, and is enshrined in his fierce aspect of Dorji Droloe standing on a tiger.

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