Friday, November 29, 2013

TIGER'S NEST - BHUTAN

While in the pristine countryside of Bhutan
I trekked up to a monastery called Tiger’s Nest…
Located in the lower Himalayas…
Not to be confused with the high Himalayas…
Where Mt. Everest is.
The local tale is that Padmasambava, a Brahmin royal…
(also known as the second Buddha)
Who brought tantric Buddhism to Bhutal in the 1600’s…
Arrived in by way of a flying tiger—his concubine…
To Paro Taktsang to meditate in a cave for four months in the mountains where this monastery is located.
There, he also subdued local demons.
With no flying tiger in sight…
(and thank God no demons)
I went halfway up by way of a gassy pack horse…
The other half by foot, plus all the way back down.
The monastery is perched at 10,000 feet.
Starting point is already 7,000 feet…
And then you trek the remainder 3,000 feet…
On loose soil, jagged rocks…
With shear drops down.
Tricky!  Slippery!  Sometimes scary!
But the scenery? Jaw dropping!


The flags you see are prayer flags…
And are everywhere in Bhutan.
I of course...




Hung a few recommended by locals.
Halfway up is a tea house…
Where we stopped for much needed nourishment.






 
And finally...














I and my group of 6 made it! 
Of course there's a foot bridge we had to cross...
To get the monastery.
Me and our guide, Chadau















Well, that's it for today...
Monday?
Nepal.
Have a great weekend!

Always, Em-Musing

10 comments:

Adam said...

hard to believe they could build a monastery all the way up there.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, can you imagine what it took to build it in the first place? But what an incredible view.
Ready for Nepal. Viva Nepal!

Misha Gericke said...

Wow that looks like an amazing place. How did they build it?!

Crystal Collier said...

Awesome! Super jealous. That looks like an amazing trek and an amazing experience. Eat it up, eh?

Anne Gallagher said...

Color me jealous! Hope you're having fun!

A Beer For The Shower said...

And I'm just sitting here with a coffee-stained t-shirt surfing the web. Very jealous. Amazing pictures. Enjoy Nepal.

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