Bhutan : Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Tiger’s Nest Temple)
Photo and caption by Michelle Lam
This monastery is one of the most prominent and scared places in Himalayan Buddhism where Guru Padmasambhava (Second Buddha) first landed in Bhutan in the 8th century. This place is known as "Tiger’s Nest" in Paro Valley. The monastery was first built on this precipitous cliff at 3,120 metres above Paro Valley in 1692. Hiking up this temple will need at least 2 hours to reach the second view point of this temple. Next, you will encounter 350 steps down and 350 steps up before you reach the gate of the temple. Hence, one will be blessed by Guru if you are able to reach this temple.
Location: Paro, Bhutan