Without a doubt, one of the most photographed objects in Bhutan has to be the magnificent Taktshang Goemba, or as most visitors refer to it -the Tiger's Nest. Perched on a ledge seven hundred meters above the Paro Chhu valley it offers a grand vista and solace for its monk body, were it not for the tourists, that is. As the story goes, Guru Rimpoche came here riding on a flying tiger and found it to be a good spot for meditation. Like many of these chosen places a chorten or temple sprang up here, and has since grown to a monastery.
Like in so many of Bhutans dzongs, lhakangs and goembas the frequent use of butter lamps combined with centuries old dry wood saw the monastery devastated by a fire as recently as in 1998. Painstakingly rebuilt it claims its place in history once more.
Hiking to the Tiger's nest requires a few hours of walking steep pathways and if you wish to visit a special permit must have been arranged in advance. The place is easily accessible from Paro, just half an hour out of town.
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triptych2003 (1534) 2007-03-19 9:18
awesome view here. it's a little bright, which means we lose some of the detail. but a really useful note which has piqued my interest in going to bhutan. much thanks!
yeno (0) 2007-03-19 9:21
Really looks like a tiger's nest. Must be a fascinating place. Good composition and POV, though a bit overexposed. You could try the polariser, it would give stronger colour. There seems to be like a fog in the air, probably due to moisture. Good result, nevertheless.
jarais (421) 2007-03-19 19:00
What a fantastic place and photograph, maybe is a little bright. Interesting note also. Thanks for sharing.
uecchi (256) 2007-03-20 19:27
It's a beautiful picture.
I wanted to go to Bhutan from the past. I watched your photograph, and this thought became stronger and stronger.
A building of the Tibet style is very interesting.
Yours sincerely, Takahiro
kampuchi (374) 2007-03-23 12:43
let me first congratulate you that u made it to this point..
i tried it right after i landed in Bhutan and after an hour of trekking i turned back as i was to tired and also it was cold.
I gess thats what happens when u live in the city and hardly walk these days..
excellent image.. i will do it the next time iam in bhutan should be soon as i work for a travel agency which sell bhutan mainly..
- Copyright: Johan Rehn (grantcorp) (123)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-09-12
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 300, 28-80mm Canon AF (58mm), Kodak Gold 200, HOYA UV(O) (58mm)
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2007-03-19 8:47