Taktsang (Tiger's Nest)

The most famous monastery uphill in a cliff

Taktsang Lhakhang aka Tigers nest is Bhutan’s most famous touristic destination and cultural icon of Bhutan. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. This temple is one of the most holy sites in the kingdom and clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 hundred meters above the Paro Valley. It was built in 1692 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye – Bhutan’s leader of the time. The Secound Buddha AKA Guru padmasambhava(born from lotus) who is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan is said to have flied here on the back of a tigress(his Tibetan consort transformed) and meditated for three years and subjugated the demons residing there. It is around that cave that the monastery was built. From the 11th century, many Tibetan saints and eminent figures came to Taktsang to meditate, including Milarepa (1040–1123), Pha Dampa Sangye (died 1117), the Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön (1055–1145) and Thangton Gyelpo (1385–1464). Famous personalities like British Prince William and Kate Middleton, Japanese Princess Mako, Actor Jetli (Hollywood super star), Leonardo di caprio and lots more visited this monastery. #himalaya #hiking #bhutan #happiness #tigersnest #taktsang #luckydragontravels #travelasia #bucketlist #voyage #instagram #instagood #photography #himalaya #buddhist #photooftheday #mountain