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Taktsang trail, Bhutan

how to reach taktsang monastery (tiger's nest)

Since the monastery is located on top of the hills, the only way to reach up there is to hike 2-4 hours uphill. It takes about 2 hours walk to reach the monastery from the road at Ramthangkha, 12 kilometers from Paro town. The way is little strenuous. You can also hire a horse from locals to reach up the monastery.

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about taktsang monastery (tiger's nest)

Taktsang Monastery  or T Gompa is one of the holiest Buddhist shrines of Arunachal Pradesh. Standing amidst high mountains, it is also known as Tiger's nest. Its sanctity is credited to Padmasambhava, the maverick missionary who brought Buddhism to Tibet. Popular legends speak of him as a miracle-maker. When Buddhism swept over Tibet, Padmasambhava was deified as a simultaneous incarnation of both Gautama Buddha and Amitabha Buddha (‘Buddha of the Eternal Light’).  Taktsang Gompa, Tawang  is among the few places in Arunachal Pradesh believed to have been visited by him. Traces of his supposed stay mare can still be seen in the form of footsteps and hoof prints on the rocky floor of the adjacent cave where he meditated. Interestingly, though the holes on the floor are believed to be the hoof prints of his horse, Padmasambhava was supposedly flying on a tiger. Hence the name tak, or tiger, and tsang, ‘place or abode’.

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