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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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  • Started to walk slowly, but gradually become climbing mountain roads. There are rest when tired tee times. There also was up and down, the final destination. Become sore muscles the next day, but it is well worth it.
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  • I feel that this one of the must-visit places in Bhutan for nature lovers. As mentioned by others - it is better to get there early in the morning to climb up. Plus there were not so many people if yo...  more »
  • The hike up takes 2.5 hours on a good day. Be prepared with hiking boots and preferably walking sticks. And bring water and high-energy snacks. But when you reach the top, it will be all worth it. The...  more »