Tiger’s Nest Buddhist Monastery on a cliff side is the holiest site in Bhutan

Tiger’s Nest Monastery, or Paro Taktsang, clings to the side of a sheer cliff face about 3,000 feet (900m) above the Paro Valley in Bhutan.

A small landlocked country in Asia, Bhutan is located within the Himalayan mountain range.

To pay a visit to the monastery, you’ll need to trek about two to three hours up a steep path through pine forest but once you’re there, you’ll be in the holiest site in Bhutan; the place where the ‘second Buddha’ Guru Rinpoche, aka Padmasambava, flew to atop the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave for three years, three months, three days, and three hours to subdue the local demons and bring Buddhism to Bhutan. That was in about 1692 or 7th Century AD.

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