Bhutan: Tiger’s Nest Monastery
And here’s he reward after a long climb – the Tiger’s Nest Monastery itself! Also known as Taktsang Palphug, it was built in 1692 on a vertical cliff 1000 feet above the valley floor clinging to a wall. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites worldwide as Guru Padmasambhava supposedly meditated here for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. There are several caves deep in the mountain below the monastery and those are know as Tiger’s Layer (you can look down into them but can’t enter. No photography is allowed anywhere around or inside Tiger’s Nest – you surrender your camera and phone into a locker. The monastery is stunning both inside and outside and the scenery opening from it is truly breathtaking and one of a kind.