Tigers Nest monastery in Bhutan Photography

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Tiger's Nest Monastery or Taktshang Goemba, or Paro Taktsang, is one of the symbols of Bhutan. Located in the Paro Valley, not far from the international airport, was originally built in 1692 but has had to be rebuilt after a fire destroyed it in 1998. This Himalayan Buddhist temple complex involves a trek up the mountainside to reach it, although part of the trek can be made on horseback if so desired .



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1. Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan. Tigers Nest Monastery, or Taktsang Goemba, is the number one attraction in Bhutan. Located high up a mountain on the top of a sheer cliff, it can only be reached by hiking (or on a horse) only a prayer flag adorned path that meanders up the mountainside.

2. Red rhododendron flower. Red rhododendron flower on the hike to Tiger's Nest monastery in Bhutan

3. Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan. Tigers Nest Monastery, or Taktsang Goemba, is the number one attraction in Bhutan. Located high up a mountain on the top of a sheer cliff, it can only be reached by hiking (or on a horse) only a prayer flag adorned path that meanders up the mountainside.

4. Tigers Nest Monastery in the distance. Tigers Nest Monastery, or Taktsang Goemba, is the number one attraction in Bhutan. Located high up a mountain on the top of a sheer cliff, it can only be reached by hiking (or on a horse) only a prayer flag adorned path that meanders up the mountainside.

5. Tigers Nest Monastery in close up. Tigers Nest Monastery, or Taktsang Goemba, is the number one attraction in Bhutan. Located high up a mountain on the top of a sheer cliff, it can only be reached by hiking (or on a horse) only a prayer flag adorned path that meanders up the mountainside.

6. Prayer flags adorn a bridge near Tigers Nest Monastery . Tigers Nest Monastery, or Taktsang Goemba, is the number one attraction in Bhutan. Located high up a mountain on the top of a sheer cliff, it can only be reached by hiking (or on a horse) only a prayer flag adorned path that meanders up the mountainside.

7. Rhododendrons and Tigers Nest Monastery. Tigers Nest Monastery, or Taktsang Goemba, is the number one attraction in Bhutan. Located high up a mountain on the top of a sheer cliff, it can only be reached by hiking (or on a horse) only a prayer flag adorned path that meanders up the mountainside.

8. Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan. Tigers Nest Monastery, or Taktsang Goemba, is the number one attraction in Bhutan. Located high up a mountain on the top of a sheer cliff, it can only be reached by hiking (or on a horse) only a prayer flag adorned path that meanders up the mountainside.

9. Hiking to Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan. Tigers Nest Monastery, or Taktsang Goemba, is the number one attraction in Bhutan. Located high up a mountain on the top of a sheer cliff, it can only be reached by hiking (or on a horse) only a prayer flag adorned path that meanders up the mountainside.

10. Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan. Tigers Nest Monastery, or Taktsang Goemba, is the number one attraction in Bhutan. Located high up a mountain on the top of a sheer cliff, it can only be reached by hiking (or on a horse) only a prayer flag adorned path that meanders up the mountainside.

11. Approaching Tigers Nest Monastery. Tigers Nest Monastery, or Taktsang Goemba, is the number one attraction in Bhutan. Located high up a mountain on the top of a sheer cliff, it can only be reached by hiking (or on a horse) only a prayer flag adorned path that meanders up the mountainside.

12. Tigers Nest Monastery surrounded by prayer flags. Tigers Nest Monastery, or Taktsang Goemba, is the number one attraction in Bhutan. Located high up a mountain on the top of a sheer cliff, it can only be reached by hiking (or on a horse) only a prayer flag adorned path that meanders up the mountainside.

13. Souvenir sellers at Tigers Nest Monastery. Tigers Nest Monastery, or Taktsang Goemba, is the number one attraction in Bhutan. Located high up a mountain on the top of a sheer cliff, it can only be reached by hiking (or on a horse) only a prayer flag adorned path that meanders up the mountainside. As it is such a popular tourist attraction, souvenir sellers are at the beginning of the hike and half-way up the mountain.

14. Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan. Tigers Nest Monastery, or Taktsang Goemba, is the number one attraction in Bhutan. Located high up a mountain on the top of a sheer cliff, it can only be reached by hiking (or on a horse) only a prayer flag adorned path that meanders up the mountainside.

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