Photo: Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan

Tiger's Nest Monastery Near Paro, Bhutan

Tiger’s Nest Monastery Near Paro, Bhutan

Tigers Nest is the most sacred monastery in Bhutan and believed to be the place where Buddhism first came to the country. According to legend, Guru Rimpoche flew from Tibet to the cliff side location of Tigers Nest Monastery on the back of a tiger and the place was consecrated to tame the amazing beast.

Locally known as Paro Taktsang (literally “Tiger’s Lair) the monastery is one of the most recognizable sites in Bhutan. We walked the 1,000-foot climb from the 7,000 foot Himalayan valley floor to the monastery in about two hours, including a break at the restaurant near the halfway point. The trails are fairly steep in places and there are some pretty precipitous edges, but it was well worth it to visit such an amazing place.

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In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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