Phil's All Embracing Bhutan Slide Show
Scenes from Taksang, Tiger's Nest
One of the highlights of our trip, and of any trip to Bhutan, is the pilgrimmage to
Taksang, a temple the sits cliffside high above the Paro Valley floor. Taksang, or
Tiger's nest, contains a cave where Padmasambhava, as well as Milarepa, did spiritual
practice. Needless to say, it is a very potent place spiritually.
The elevation rise is 3000 feet from the valley floor to the temple, and even though we've
been in Bhutan for 3 weeks, we felt that the hike up would be a bit strenuous in the altitude.
So we rented ponies and burros to help take us two-thirds of the way up, and we were glad we
Many folks haven't been on a horse for a long time (or never). Here are Donna and Bonnie
white knuckled, holding on for their life.
Though I haven't been on a horse in decades, I picked it up pretty quickly. Here's
me showing off with a 'look ma, no hands' attitude. My pony is named Teekhang, a very spunky
and independent steed who wanted to take the lead.
There are no reins to hold onto, and the saddles are made of wood. My ass was killing