Paro Taktsang

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Paro Taktsang is the short name for Taktsang Palphug Monastry. It is also known as the Temple in the Clouds or “Tiger;s Nest.” Do Tigers actually built nests?

Shot on a trip to Bhutan in 2011 on a Panasonic LX3. Sweet little compact. This pic was taken on a rare clear day, normally the clouds are surrounding the temple.

Paro Taktsang is amazing because of where it is built on the side of a cliff face in Bhutan. Hanging on a precipitous clidd at over 10,000ft above sea level, and 3,000ft above the Paro Valley. Built around 1690 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye. It was devoted to Guru Padmasambhava, who legend has it meditated in the caves surrounding the temple (known as the tiger’s Caves) for three years, and was credited to bringing Buddhism to Bhutan.

I just can’t get over how it was built. Even with modern engineering techniques this structure would be a challenge. It is relatively easy for tourists to get to, but a donkey ride and is 10 kilometers north of Paro. Dense pine forest surrounds the area.

It consists of four main temples and residential shelters carved out onto the rock face.

This shot in general is actually quite easy to get and forms part of the tour.

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