Taktsang Monastery also known as the Tiger’s Nest is one of the foremost attractions of Bhutan. The monastery is among the most sacred places and a pilgrimage destinations in Bhutan. Perched on the sheer vertical cliff of the hill, the monastery draws the greatest fascination of the pilgrims as well as the travelers. As the legend goes, Guru Padmasambhava flew to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress and subdued the demons that were causing obstruction to the path of Buddhism into Bhutan. Guru is said to have meditated in the cave, now the lower floor of the monastery, and is enshrined in his fierce aspect of Dorji Droloe standing on a tiger. The monastery is reached by 2 and half hours laborious climb through forests. In about 1 and half hours, we reach a cafeteria from where we will have the first view of the monastery. Upto here, you can also take a pony ride but for the rest of the hike and also for return journey down, pony ride can be risky. From the cafeteria, the monastery is further 45 minutes hike. The return trip down is relatively easier and takes half the time of what it takes way up.
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