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23 holy places that promise a connection with nature

By: Anna Norris on March 24, 2014, 1:53 p.m.
Tiger's Nest monastery

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Tiger's Nest

The Taktsang Palhug Monastery in the Paro Valley of the Paro District in Bhutan is a Himalayan Buddhist sacred site. According to legend, a famous Buddhist guru (who was responsible for introducing the religion in Bhutan) traveled to the cave on the back of a tiger, where he meditated in the cave for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours — until he reappeared in eight incarnated forms and became holy. In the 17th century, a man named Tenzin Rabgye (who some believe could have been the guru reincarnated) built the temple around the cave, thousands of feet above the valley.