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The Taktsang Monastery (also known as a Dzong) is high up in the Paro valley area of the country and work started on this amazing structure in 1692, the same year as the first Salem Witch Trial. It is said that the famous guru Padmasambhava pursued his meditations here for three months. It is quite possibly the most famous cultural symbol of Bhutan. Local legend has it that the guru flew here from Tibet on the back of a tigress which gives the place its other name – the Tiger’s Nest. The cliff upon which it hangs is 3,000 feet above the valley below. One of the access routes is known as the Hundred Thousand Fairies – and you can see why from the picture below. Simply put, the place is magical.
Tongsa – The Door to Heaven
Rinpung Dzong, Paro
Over 100 monks reside here – and they have a sense of humor too.