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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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  • You may feel the altitude but all good things are worth the effort and this is a case in point. A Spiritual journey - stunning views and a special place in Bhutan. One you will remember, 
  • Well it's quite the hike or trek, the way you put it. Almost 30 mins from Paro town to the car park, from where you start your journey. You can choose to ride horses as well, but they will only take y...  more »
  • One of the best place visited by me so far.Visited in late Jan this year. We experienced awesome scenery throughout the trek with snowfall and a beautiful waterfall on way. Although trekking was exhau...  more »