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The Taktshang Goemba (Tiger's Nest Monastery)
Tiger's Nest, or Taktshang Goemba, hangs on a cliff 900 meters above the Paro Valley.
 
One of the most holy site in Bhutan, the Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress and then meditated in a cave, contained within the present structure, for three months.
 
The monastery (Goemba in Bhutanese) was built in its present form in 1692. It suffered a devastating fire of unknown origin during the night of April 19, 1998. Speculation is that the fire was caused either by lightening or an overturned butter lamp. Old photographs and diaries were used to make the reconstruction as close to the original as possible, though there was little documentation of the wall paintings and other artwork housed inside.
 
Special permission is required for non-Bhutanese to visit the monastery, usually granted only to practicing Buddhists on a religious retreat.


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