Taktsang Monastery Bhutan

Learn the legends of the Tiger's Nest

Precariously perched on the side of a cliff face, the Taktsang Monastery is steeped in legend. Nicknamed the Tiger’s Nest, it’s here that Guru Rinpoche is said to have arrived on the back of a flying tiger and brought Buddhism to Bhutan through three months of meditation in a cave within the cliff face.

Today’s travellers can visit the cave, but at 10,000 feet, the trip to the monastery is considerably more difficult for those without flying tigers. The two hour walk up is steep but well worth the effort to behold this most sacred of religious sites and the incredible views over the valley below.

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"This needs to be at the top of any itinerary, the Tiger's Nest is so incredibly beautiful and the views are beyond spectacular. We combined our trip to Bhutan with Kolkata which I would recommend to anyone."