Taktsang Monastery - The Tiger's Nest

Taktsang Monastery - The Tiger's Nest

You can tell the visitors who have spent the day at Taktsang – they’re the ones rubbing their necks, stiff from looking up in wonder at Bhutan’s greatest creation. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, the father of the Bhutanese sect of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived in Paro Valley on the back of a tigress. He meditated for three months – and on this sight today stands Taktsang Monastery. Like a piece of Lhasa that wandered off in search of more spectacular surroundings, the monastery’sseven temples perch precariously on a rock face some 600 metres above the valley floor, the cliff face so sheer that the Buddhist building appears to levitate. It may be world-famous, but, as all great buildings should, the spectacular architecture in such an improbable location gloriously exceeds all expectations.

  • Gallery

Our Favourite Trips