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By Hanya Yanagihara - 2013-07-23T16:27:10Z

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Brave the Climb to The Tiger's Nest: Bhutan

Taktsang Palphug, commonly known as Tiger’s Nest, is a seventeenth-century structure clinging to a mountainside a dizzying 10,200 feet above Paro Valley. Why the name Tiger’s Nest? Because it’s said that in the eighth century, Guru Rinpoche flew to this exact spot on the back of a tiger. The initial part of the temple was constructed in the 1400s, although the expansions that give the complex the shape we see today weren’t done until the late 1600s. In 1998, a fire swept through the buildings, but the temples were restored to their original shape. There are 15 temples in Tiger’s Nest, and all are beautiful, their wall paintings recently restored by UNESCO.

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