Taktsang Bhutan (spa phro stag tshang or spa gro stag tshang) is a famous monastery and is located just 10 kilometers north of Paro Taktsang.
Landscape of Bhutan
Taktsang Palphug monastery aslo called Taktshang Goemba is situated on a cliff side in an altitude of 3,120 meters above sea level and 900 meters above Paro valley. The rock slopes are very steep almost vertically and the temple buildings are almost built into the rock face. Tigers Nest Monastery is surrounded by scenic woodland with amazing blue pine trees and rhododendrons. The view from the temple is absolutely breathtaking.
Read also: List of the World’s Most Amazing Monasteries
Tigers Nest Monastery
Paro Taktsang is actually a prominent Himalayan Buddhist temple complex consisting of seven monasteries. Taktsang can be dated back to 1692 and is one of the most important religious sites of pilgrimage in the entire Himalayan region. The name Taktsang means “The Tiger’s Nest”. The temple was built by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye who is believed to be the reincarnation of Padmasambhava. The legend says that Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche) flew to this site from Tibet on the back of a tiger. Guru Rinpoche meditated for three months in the cave near Taktsang Bhutan.
Read also: The Buddhistic Temple Complex of Angkor Wat
Paro Taktsang visit
Taktshang Goemba is accessible by foot or mules. The area is very popular place for hiking and trekking. The way up to the temple is very tough but also absolutely stunning.
Read also: The Inaccessible Meteora Monasteries