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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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  • We climbed the hills to reach upto CafĂ© from where we got a good view of the Monastery. The road starts from the zero point from where you have two options - either climb by trek or use the services o...  more »
  • This was my favourite day in Bhutan. A stunning hike to the most beautiful temple. Ornate carvings and exquisite art.  more »
  • A must visit place in Bhutan. Place is magical. You have to walk for around 4kms in the pine tree filled woods. There is a small cafe half the way on top to take a small break. One can also take mule ...  more »