Let’s visit Taktsang Palphug Monastery (also known as The Tiger’s Nest), a Buddhist sacred site and temple complex near the town of Paro in Bhutan. The Tiger’s Nest is one of the most famous landmarks of Bhutan and literally hangs from a cliff at a height of about 3,000 feet (900 meters) above the Paro valley. The monastery consists of four main buildings built around some caves. It was built in the late 1600s in honor of Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche), the person who introduced the religion of Buddhism to Bhutan. Legend has it that he flew on the back of a tigress in the 700s, and chose one of the caves, where the monastery has been built, as a sacred place for meditation. Stairs and paths have been carved into the rock to walk up to the monastery. It is quite hard to just walk up there, so imagine how difficult it must have been to build this monastery over 300 years ago! Here is a video.
Image Credits: Douglas J. McLaughlin and Vassil for Tiger’s Nest image