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Paro Taktsang

Paro Taktsang is also known as the Taktsang Palphug Monastery and the Tigers Nest is a Himalayan Buddhist sacred site built by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye in 1692 and perched on the upper cliff of the Paro Valley, Paro District, Paro Province, Bhutan, around Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava had meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century.

Paro Taktsang is the most recognizable cave of the thirteen Taktsang caves where Padmasambhava meditates and introduces Buddhism to Bhutan. The temple is devoted to Padmasambhava also known as Gu-ru mTshan-brgyad Lhakhang as an elegant building.

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The monastery hangs on a precarious cliff at an altitude of 3,120 meters (10,240 ft) from sea level and about 900 meters (3,000 ft) above the Paro valley. Almost vertical stone slopes and monastery buildings are built on stone surfaces, but monastery complexes have access from several directions, including forest paths and roads used by pilgrims.

The building consists of four main temples and shelters designed to adapt to granite, caves and rocky terrain. All buildings are interconnected through staircases made on rocks and wooden bridges. The highest temple has a Buddhist décor and each building has a balcony that provides great views of the Paro valley.

The Tsechu Festival is held in honor of Master in the Paro Valley around March or April where Padmasambhava flies to this location from Tibet behind a tigress from Khenpajong and this place is sanctified to tame the tiger demons, then founded the Mahayana Nyingmapa Buddhist school in Bhutan

Many Tibetan holy men and prominent figures came to Taktsang to meditate since the 11th century, including Pha Dampa Sangye (1117), the Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön (1055-1145) and Thangton Gyelpo (1385-1464). In the later part of the 12th century, the Lapa School was established in Paro and around the 12th to 17th centuries many Lamas who came from Tibet established monasteries in Bhutan.

The Taktsang Ugyen Tsemo complex has been burned and rebuilt in 1958 as in 1408. On 19 April 1998 another fire and restoration work was carried out costing about 135 million Ngultrum. The Bhutanese government and King Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, oversaw the continued recovery of the damaged monastery and its contents in 2005.

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Location: Paro Valley, Paro District, Paro Province, Bhutan.

Routes and public transport: All flights to Paro International Airport. Then drive to Paro City for 10 kilometers and the rest of the way to the top of the cliff should ride the horse for 1.5 hours or walk for 2-3 hours to get to the monastery. Horses will only bring to climb and travelers have to come back down by walking.

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