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Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Paro

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Resting on a lush cliffside of the Himalayan mountain range, Taktsang Palphug Monastery represents a prominent sacred site where Bhutan's tutelary deity--Padmasambhava--once meditated. The elegant temple complex was built around meditation caves or "tiger lairs" in 1692, and quickly became the nation's cultural icon. Explore the compound's four principal temples and residential houses interconnected through granite stairways. Inside the monastery, inspect Bodhisattva images, elaborate wall paintings, balconies embellished with religious symbols, and remarkable works of art. You'll need sturdy climbing shoes and a moderate fitness level to endure the several gruelling hours it takes to reach it. A visit to Taktsang Palphug Monastery represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Paro itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • Weak knees, ankles, bad health the two women in their 30s I went well without a horse. Stick to the river Chu! When the rain go squishy and slippery, steep trail to a pretty early for me, especially as it is quite difficult. But don't tell had to go for a ride. Featured rain gear, friends are better than me which is a herniated disc. Gore-Tex hiking boots River Chu!
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  • Tables in the parking lot to start climbing the temple. A leisurely two hours or so is where you can climb the Rockies. Severe gyeongsana the road is difficult. Just as the altitude is the altitude Bonnie depending on who should feel symptoms of Alpine. I've got a little of the temple under the Café Shea prayed. Tabletop temples photogenic location 100 metres from the naeryeogassdaga back up. The road to the Temple of true scenery. Definitely worth a visit.
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  • Superb trek (~3200m), one of the best monasteries to be visited in Bhutan. The climb takes 2-3 hours depending on your speed. You get sticks at the bottom for a rent of Rs 50 which are very helpful. T...  more »

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A popular tourist and pilgrimage spot, Paro offers a range of luxurious accommodations in the form of resort-style hotels and boutique spas. You'll find these scattered around the valley, but not in the main downtown area. If you're looking for less-exclusive hotels, check the hillside to the west of town, which offers great views of the valley. A number of mid-range hotels also offer panoramic views. For budget-oriented travelers, there are few guesthouses in town.
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