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Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)

One of Bhutan’s iconic landmarks

The Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang Monastery is one of Bhutan’s iconic landmarks. Lying 12 kilometres from Paro, the monastery lies perched on a rocky cliff, on the side of a mountain. Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche is believed to have flown from Tibet on the back of a tigress and meditated here. This is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites.  One has to hike up a steep forested trail filled with colourful prayer flags to reach the monastery.  The monastery has four main temples and dwellings used by the monks who live in the monastery. The buildings are connected by staircases carved in the rock. A large prayer wheel lies in the courtyard of the monastery. The monks turn this prayer wheel every morning at 4 AM, at the break of dawn. Photography is not allowed inside the monastery. 

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