Tiger Nest Monastery

This has to be the most iconic image of Bhutan, one which stirred my fascination for Bhutan many years before. Now six years later, I am trekking my way up the mountain to experience Tiger Nest Monastery for myself. Perched on a hillside, this monastery stands over 2000m above sea level and it is said that Guru Rinpoche came here in the form of a tigeress (hence the name).

From base camp it's a two hour hike stopping in a teahouse as you catch your first glimpse of this beautiful feat of architecture. It is magnificent and I can't believe I am actually here. They say that every Bhutanese strives to visit Tiger Nest at least once in their lifetime and although I am not from Bhutan, I have fulfilled my lifetime wish.

‘Paro Taktsang' Tiger Nest Monastery

 

Land Of The Thunder Dragon

Bhutan is a breath of fresh air after Nepal (literally).

This country is amazing: there's no pollution, no honking cars, just rivers and forests and monasteries dotted everywhere. And because Bhutan has the highest Gross National Happiness, everyone is happy (even the dogs!)

The 108 Stupas

There is an air of calm everywhere that begins even before you land as you sweep over mountains to the landing strip, you are in awe of this beautiful land that sits just under China and neighbouring India. A country drenched in Buddhist culture with monasteries that date back to the fifth century.

Thimpu Dzang

And they really look after you; I have my own tour, am staying in the nicest hotels, eating three courses for lunch and dinner and am learning so much about this fascinating little country with only a population of 700,000 people. Plus it has the prettiest airport ever.

The prettiest airport in Paro

 

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