Tiger's Nest Monastery
Taktshang Gompa, better known as 'Tiger's Nest' Monastery, is the most famous of Bhutan's monasteries, a sacred pilgrimage site where according to legend the great tantric mystic Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tiger and brought the teachings of Buddha to Bhutan. Every Bhutanese tries to visit Taktshang at least once in his lifetime. The monastery clings to a cliff soaring nearly 1,000 metres above the valley floor at an altitude of 3,300 metres. A slow ascent by foot will bring you in about an hour to the Taktsang cafeteria directly opposite the monastery (horses can be provided for those who don't want to walk up, but not for the return downhill journey). There is an impressive view of the monastery from here. From the cafeteria, for those who wish, it is another 30 to 40 minutes around the valley's edge to reach the monastery itself. It is possible to enter the monastery but a permit needs to be arranged in advance by your guide.