Bhutan with Amankora: Tiger’s Nest and Paro

tiger's nest bhutanA magical, mythical Tiger’s Nest, locally known as Taktsang, is Bhutan’s most recognisable cultural icon and is said to be the holiest place in Bhutan.

The monastery complex wrapped around a precipitous cliff more at 3,120 above sea level commands spectacular views of the verdant Paro Valley beneath. Its breathtaking and precarious location makes it one of the most awe-inspiring monasteries in the world.

The pilgrimage to Tiger’s Nest -regardless of your religious standing – is the climax of any visitor’s sojourn in Bhutan.  Tiger’s Nest can only be reached by trekking up the mountain from the valley floor for 1-2 hours depending on your speed. The path itself is well maintained but relatively steep, making a trek manageable but a little arduous if you fitness levels are low…

As you make your way along the path with its alternate ascents and descents, forests and open areas, the monastery seems to appear and disappear in and out of the trees and the mists. Along the way there are thousands upon thousands of prayer flags wrapped around trees and rocks. For me it was the final trek of the trip, which was perfect since I have had plenty time of time to acclimatise to high attitudes after 10 days in the country.

The monastery was first built in late 17th century around the cave where where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. He is credited with introducing Bhuddism to Bhutan is the tutelary deity of the country. Taktsang literally means Tiger’s Lair; according to the legend, Guru Padmasambhava flew to this location from Tibet on a back of a tigress.

The complex was built into the rock face, perched precariously over the valley underneath.

Our base for Tiger’s Nest trek was Amankora lodge in ParoThis retreat with its 24 suites contrasting rustic elements with contemporary design hidden amongst pine forests is the epitome of tranquility.

We also spent an afternoon exploring Paro{the most delicious Yak meat burger at Amakora Lodge}

One response to “Bhutan with Amankora: Tiger’s Nest and Paro”

  1. Fantastic photos! Bhutan looks so amazing, I’m ready to pack my bags and go!

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