Taktshang Goemba, or more commonly known as the Tiger’s Nest, is one of Bhutan’s most revered and most photographed monuments. It is built on a sheer 1,000 meter cliff face. The people of Bhutan believe that Guru Rinpoche, the father of Bhutanese Buddhism, landed here on the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days, and 3 hours in order to subdue the evil demons residing in it. The temple is about 3,200 meters high and visitors usually hike for 2-3 hours to reach it. There are no roads for cars to drive up so the only way is to hike or hire a horse for part of the way. We copped out and took a horse ride for about half of the way up. We left the lodge at around 8:45am and returned around 1:30pm, so the roundtrip hike and visit took us about 4 hours. This iconic landmark is not to be missed and our trip to Bhutan would not be complete without coming here.
After our exhilarating hike up to Tiger’s Nest, we returned to Amankora for some well deserved lunch and a much needed massage. This concludes our journey in Bhutan. The following day, we boarded our flight in Paro to return back to Bangkok. These 8 days went by too quickly and there is still so much to see in this mysterious and peaceful nation that is slowly emerging into the modern world. You really have to come here to experience this last existing Shangri-La and I, for one, would definitely be back.
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