The Tiger's Nest
28.09.2015 - 28.09.2015 22 °C
At the top of any Bhutan bucketlist would have to be a visit to, or at least a viewing of, Taktshang Monastery – the cliffside Tiger’s Nest not far from Paro. I think I’d always just assumed I would go all the way until the actual day of the climb, when I realised how challenging it could be, and that it would be an achievement just to see it at eye level. I set off not really knowing what the outcome was going to be.
Even the view from the carpark at the bottom of the climb was pretty awesome (literally). The monastery is the group of buildings on the right of the chasm.
The first section started off at a gentle incline, meandering through the forest, then began to get a little steeper. The main hazard here was the horses coming down from the mountain.
The reward for finishing this section of the climb was a closer view and a cup of tea from the cafeteria (bottom left).
Setting off on the second section of the climb, it was clear that things were getting a bit more serious. I didn’t think I took any photos during this part, but here’s one where I must have been trying to catch my breath. You can see it’s getting closer.
Then – thank heavens – the top of the climb! Sitting slightly higher than the monastery, this was my goal. Me, red-faced and breathless with my chief motivator. And one of the monastery itself.
The final section was all steps; down into the chasm and up the other side to the monastery.
By this time I was thinking – what the hell – and pushed on. It was just steps after all…
And here’s the prize! I did enter the Tiger’s Nest, in the end.
PS next day, legs are still working normally.