Asia  | 03/07/2017

TAKTSHANG, the Tigers Nest

Taktshang is a monastery in Bhutan, which is located on a cliff at 3120 m. height, and whose name means Tiger’s Nest. It is an important sacred place for Himalayan Buddhism, which includes seven temples.

Legend explains that Guru Rinpoche, the second Buddha, flew towards the cliff on the back of a tiger and stopped to meditate, in a cave that today is part of the monastery. It is said that in that cave he meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours, back in the eighth century.

The huge complex began to be built in 1692. Nowadays, Taktsang Paro is the most famous temple of the thirteen caves in which Guru Rinpoche meditated. The main buildings are next to small chapels and elaborately decorated houses. In each of these buildings is a sacred image, a unique place for relaxation and meditation. Always with golden images of the second Buddha and its different manifestations.

The Monastery has become one of the main country’s tourist attractions, although it is not easy to get there. The only way is by foot, although first sector can be done on horseback. The path saves 700 m. of unevenness, through a dense forest of blue pine, rows of prayer flags and breathtaking views.

     
     
   

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