Trek to Tiger´s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery

Trip Start Mar 15, 2008
Trip End Mar 30, 2008

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Trek to Tiger's Nest (Taktsang) Monastery
Dear Readers:
Today rivals all the best days of any previous tour! We climb to the beautiful Tiger Nest Monastery, which is prominently featured in virtually every guide book about Bhutan. Our visit far exceeds expectations. The climb is exhausting, but worth every bit of energy expended. Several of us ride horses up. I opt to walk the last half of the trek, as did some others.
Words simply cannot describe the visual and emotional impact of this beautiful creation from the 17th century, hanging from a sheer rock cliff that plunges 3,000 feet to the valley below. We unburden ourselves of all backpacks, cameras and hats, leaving them in an outside courtyard before entering the Monastery. When entering the most sacred rooms, the shoes remain outside as well.
We sit on the floor in one shrine for several minutes of silence, meditating as a monk chants softly. Our guide explains the symbolism of the various statues, and the offerings placed before them. There is an intense spirit of reverence about the place.
We trek back down the mountain, stopping for tea at a cafeteria with a wonderful view of the Monastery. There we capture our first group photograph. Lunch is a quick buffet at a restaurant on the road back to Paro. We return to the city in time to watch the processional of monks and singers and musicians from the outdoor performance space back into the Paro Dzong at the conclusion of the second day of the Paro Festival.
Tuckered out, we make the 90 minute drive to the capital city of Thimpu. Our hotel is on a hill overlooking the city. We gather for a cocktail hour and make our plans for tomorrow. So many options! We scale them back to make a more relaxing day, knowing that we'll be back here for two nights at the end of the tour.
Tired but happy hugs,
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boninob on

Great readiing. Looks like a great group. Keep those cards and letters coming.

jim24a on

Great shot of the monastery. Also, we see that Tony and Dave from the Peru trip are alive and well. Tell them hello from Jim and Jim. And Dan, see you soon!


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