Also known as Paro Taktsang or Taktsang Palphug Monastery, each of its names can translate into “the tiger’s nest”. It was the first temple built in Bhutan and now acts as a monastery.
It is a Himalayan Buddhist sacred site, located on a cliff on the upper Paro Valley. It was built in 1692, around the cave where Guru Rinpoche is believed to have meditated for over three years straight after flying there on a tiger’s back to fight against a demon known as Singey Samdrup. Every spring, around March or April, Tsechu, a festival, is held in the valley to honor the Guru.