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Tigers Nest through the Flags

Tigers Nest through the Flags

One of the most spectacular structures I've seen anywhere. Period. Part of the allure of this monastery, beyond the fact that it is literally constructed on the side of a mountain, is the adventure of getting there.

After arriving in Bhutan the day before, we began a climb of about 3,000 feet (900 meters) up from the Paro Valley. The views of Tiger's Nest improve as you ascend over the mountain trail, until you reach an area at the half way point where you are level with the monastery; where this image was taken from. Colorful prayer flags span the chasm, encountered during the last hour of the hike up, and continue up the mountain face near the monastery, and help put the size of it into perspective.

Since this was my second visit to Bhutan and Tiger’s Nest, I tried to capture the monastery from a few different vantage points. I remember thinking this specific view would work because I could frame the monastery between two rows of prayer flags, but still show the height of the cliff and get the sky in the background.

Officially called the Taktsang Palphug Monestary, the complex was first built in 1692, though it was most recently rebuilt after a 1998 fire.