taktsang palphug

Paro Taktsang. Photo by Richard Hopkins
The Paro Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Taktsang Palphug Monastery’, is one of the most important Buddhist sites in the Himalayas. Perched on a high cliff in Paro Valley in Bhutan, this picturesque monastery is also known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest Monastery’. Back in the 8th century, Guru Padmasambhava (Wikipedia Article), or Rinpoche, is said to have meditated at the cave of Taktsang Senge Samdup for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days, and 3 hours. Near this cave, a monastery was built around 1692. Guru Padmasambhava is the one who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan and is considered the patron deity of this country.



Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan.

Paro Taktsang is the popular name of Taktsang Palphug Monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest), a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley, in Bhutan. The temple complex was first built in 1692.

The monastery is situated at 3.000 meters above sea level on the mountainous cliffs around Paro Valley and it is built into the rock face. Though it looks formidable, the monastery complex has access from several directions, including a path on the rocky plateau from the north, known as the “Hundred Thousand Fairies”.