80 Senses: #69 - The Tiger's Nest, Bhutan

80 Senses: #69 - The Tiger's Nest, Bhutan

Into the tiger's den...


Tiger's Nest Bhutan

The 13 takstang or tigers' nests are the caves dotted around Tibet and Bhutan where it is believed Guru Padmasambhava meditated during his travels to introduce tantric Buddhism to the region.


Not for the faint-hearted

The most famous of these caves houses is one of the most famous monasteries in Bhutan, the Paro Takstang, which can only be reached on foot or on a sure-footed mule. The visit is not for the faint-hearted or vertigo-suffering as it involves descending a narrow pathway beside a sheer drop, but the monastery is well worth the trip.

Visitors are met are colourful prayer flags strung across a backdrop of traditional buildings before entering the monastery proper. On one recent visit, one lucky Original Traveller got to sip super thick butter tea made from yak's milk before being blessed by the priest and having a snowball fight with a gaggle of trainee monks. On the way back, you can try to capture one of the most iconic images anywhere in Asia - the the tigers nest Bhutan monastery perched precariously on the cliff edge.