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Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan
Precariously situated on a rock outcropping some 2,600 feet above the Paro Valley (which is itself about 7,000 feet above sea level), Paro Taktsang—or the Tiger’s Nest Monastery—is a breathtaking sight. Dating from 1692, the complex is built around a cave where the Indian Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated in the 8th century. This remote agglomeration of rock formation and man-made monastery is one of Bhutan’s most sacred shrines.
Pilgrimage: Guru Rinpoche is said to have arrived on the back of a flying tiger; today visitors generally reach the monastery via a climb of several hours. It’s not for the acrophobic.