Constructed in 1692, Taksang is one of Bhutan's most famous monasteries. It is perched on the mountainside at an elevation of 3,120 metres (10,200 feet). Taksang meaning "Tiger's Nest" was named after the legend where Tibetan Buddhist saint Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tigress before finally landing at the very spot that Taksang was built. It is one of third sacred "Tiger Lair" caves in Tibet and Bhutan.
The monastery can be reached by foot or by mule. It is situated about 700 metres (2,300 feet) above the Paro Valley.
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