The trail climbs upwards, through a shaded pine forest where prayer flags billow in the breeze, before you emerge to a clearing. In front of you, clinging dizzily to the face of a 900-metre precipice in Bhutan’s Paro Valley, hangs the magnificent Tiger’s Nest monastery.
After the seemingly eternal two-hour climb you reach a ridge adorned with chortens and prayer flags to be rewarded with those jaw-dropping views of the monastery. Continue towards the temple across a wooden bridge, as flowing water from an icy waterfall provides a soothing soundtrack. This special place is only accessible on foot, but for those less keen on walking we can arrange a pony to take you part of the way up.
The trek to Taktsang Goemba (Tiger’s Nest) often tops the list of things to do for visitors to Bhutan. Legend has it that before Guru Rinpoche spread the word of Buddhism across the Himalayas, he flew on the back of a magical tigress and meditated in a cave where the monastery is now situated.