Paro Taktsang (The Tiger's Nest Temple)

Tel: +975 2 323 251

Address: Taktsang trail BT, Taktsang trail, Bhutan

Paro Taktsang is usually chosen as the representative photo of Bhutan's introduction. Embedded on the sheer cliffs, the Buddhist temple embraces two remarkable elements of Bhutan-high mountain and temple, making it the best symbol of the country. The temple is hailed as one of “10 most amazing temples in the world” by Reader’s Digest for its magnificence, even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine were attracted to trek for three hours to see the incredible scenery.

To many Bhutanese, not only is Paro Taktsang the temple with the highest altitude in the country, but it is also considered a sacred site. Legend states that in the 7th century A.D, Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava), who was revered as the “second Buddha” by adherents of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet, flew to the cave atop a tigress and meditated there for three years, three months, three days and three hours to subdue evil demons residing within it. The cave was sanctified ever since, and many famous saints have travelled to meditate in it. Since photo-taking is forbidden in Paro Taktsang, you have to use your eyes to record the precious Buddhist statues and religious murals.