Paro Taktsang, the icon of Bhutan known to the outside world as “Tigress’ Nest” is a Buddhist Monastery built clinging on the cliff above Paro Valley, Bhutan. It lies on altitude of 3120 meters above the sea Level.
Also one of the famous tourist destination, Paro Taktsang provides one with unforgettable experience due to it’s unique location and the majestic views of emerald Green Valley and high Mountains across the valley.
Due to it’s nature of location, from the base or bottom of the valley, one feels that it would be very challenging and almost impossible to reach the monastery but the real adventure is discovered when the hike of an hour or more is executed finding it exquisitely “once a lifetime experience” when hiking through the path and no less feeling that climbing the way to heaven.
The hiking trail passes through pine forest and would encounter through various decorated prayer flags symbolizing protection from evil forces, positive energy, good luck and vitality.
According to a legend, the Indian Guru Padmasambahva, who is believed to introduce Buddhism to Bhutan, meditated in the located cave for Three year, Three Month, Three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century and built this monastery around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave. He was beleived to be flown to the cave on the back of a tigress. This is why the monastery got its popular name – the Taktsang, which literally means Tiger’s Nest.
The idea of building a monastery near the famous holy caves belonged to the unifier of Bhutan as a nation-state, Ngawang Namgyal, who lived in the first half of the 17th century.
However his desire was fulfilled only at the end of the 17th century. Paro Taktsang Monastery as of what could be seen today, was built around the holy caves in 1692 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye – Bhutan’s leader of the time. He founded the monastery by putting its first stone during a visit to the holy caves in 1692.