June 17, 2009

Taktsang Monastery AKA The Tiger's Nest of Bhutan

The Famous and sacred Taktsang Monastery located about 20 minutes drive north of Paro, It hangs on a cliff at 3,120 meters (10,200 feet), some 700 meters (2,300 feet) above the bottom of Paro valley. Taktsang Monastery is rated as one of most Amazing Monastery in the World by many people. The place where the Guru Rimpoche flew over the Himalayan from Tibet in the 7th century on the back of a flying Tigress is said to be the origin of Buddhism in Bhutan.

The Famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)

There is no road to the Monastery except to hike from the parking lot at the base of the hill and it is about a 2 hour hike to the best view point. It will take about 2-3 hours walk depending on the how fast you walk uphill. The trail leads continuous uphill and there are certain viewpoint of the Monastery from down. For Bhutanese people who are used to walking takes about 1 and half hour climbing up and for tourist, it might take about 2-3 hours. The Monastery sometime remain closed to the public but due to it's high religious status, just seeing it from the outside is well worth the effort.

Picturesque View of Tiger Nest from Below

It is also known as “Tiger’s nest” and that the legend is that Guru Rinpoche flew over the Himalaya from Tibet in the 7th century on the back of a flying tigress. And it is said to be the origin of Buddhism in Bhutan, He then mediated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built.

For your kind information, no cameras and bags are allowed while entering the scared monastery for security reason. A Must See Monastery for Everyone.

In 1998,Taktsang Monastery was severely damaged by fire and now has been fully restored.

Taktsang Monastery View from High Above

Another View of the Famous Monastery


View of Taktsang Monastery from the Entrance

Prayers Flags Waving the Tiger Nest Monastery

Prayers Flags Hanging Around Taktsang Monastery Courtyard



Taktsang Monastery View from the Trail below

Tiger Nest Monastery Nested in Cliff


Majestic Taktsang Monastery Built in Hanging Cliff

12 comments:

Ugyen said...

Absolutely spectacular!

arcibaldo said...

truly. you have also photos while inside the monastery?

ugyen said...

Ugyen, Thanks for Dropping by This Blog.

Arcibaldo, I am afriad that no cameras and bags are allowed while entering the Monastery, so no photos available.

Cheers
Ugyen

carl said...

those are some wonderful shots. i wish i could visit Bhutan someday.

Frank said...

While people may have different views still good things should always be appreciated. Yours is a nice blog. Liked it!!!

norrbu said...

your pictures are great. tell me, how do the bhutanese feel about the tibet issue ??

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unbelievable monastery..
a very incredible strategy on maintaining this place to stand still for a long period of time..

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