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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Closer to God: Taktshang (Tiger's Nest)

Taktshang is the most famous of monasteries in Bhutan. It hangs on a cliff at 3,120 metres (10,200 feet), some 700 meters (2,300 feet) above the bottom of Paro valley. Famous visitors include Ngawang Namgyal in the 17th century and Milarepa.

The name means "Tiger's nest", the legend being that Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) flew
there on the back of a tiger. The monastery includes seven temples which can all be visited. The monastery suffered several blazes and is a recent restoration. Climbing to the monastery is on foot or mule. (from


Rachelle said...

Oy, I would be so terrified if I had to live there!
I am scared of heights, just looking at that place makes my feet tingle!!
But it is beautiful!

silfiriel said...

on the other hand I think I would love it there. I don't know why, it just looks so high and calming, like leaving in the clouds

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