Nestled between India and China, Bhutan is tucked away like some distant dot on a map.  Few people get to see this amazing nation of rugged, wild beauty. Because of this remoteness, the country was practically untouched by the outside world until recent years. Television and the Internet for example, were only permitted in 1999. Bhutan was confused with Tibet on various European maps even into the 1800’s. The nation of Bhutan remains truly untamed. Its leaders prohibit smoking, and the “Gross National Happiness” is far more vital to the national ethos than the Gross National Product.

Taktsang monastery,  also known as the Tiger’s Nest,  is located near the city of Paro and is a major highlight of visiting Bhutan. It was built in 1692 around the cave where a certain guru meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, & three hours way back in the 700’s. And it was this guru, Padmasambhava, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan.

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