Bhutan Takshang Goemba, which is translates as Tiger’s Nest Monastery, is famous of Bhutan’s monasteries and also its most photogenic, hanging onto what looks from afar like a sheer vertical cliff. Tradition says that the building is anchored to the cliff-face by the hairs of Khandroma (dakini; female celestial being) who transported the building materials up onto the cliff on their back.
The site of Takshang Goemba has long been recognized as a Ney (Holy place). It is said that Guru Rinpoche flew to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigers ( manifestation of his consort Yeshe Tsogyal). He then meditated in a cave here for three months.
Milarepa is said to have meditated here, Thangtog Gyalpo revealed a terma (treasure text) here and Zhabdrung Namgyal visited in 1646.
The Taktsang Monastery is one of the most famous touristic destinations of the country and the cultural icon of Bhutan. Visiting the Paro Taktsang Monastery is an unforgettable experience thanks to its unique location and the views of surrounding majestic mountains and emerald green valleys.
It takes around 1 hour, 45 minutes to get to Taktshang walking or riding a horse. If the full hike is too tough, you can rest at the wooden teahouse restaurant or cafeteria after the first hour. The trail takes you through blue-pines to a series of three water-powered wheels.
In 1998, the Paro Taktsang was almost completely burned down – and was restored to its original form by 2005.
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