Paro, Bhutan / by Jon Norris

Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Paro, Bhutan  [Canon EOS R, ISO 100, 47 mm, f/9 at 1/100 sec]

Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Paro, Bhutan [Canon EOS R, ISO 100, 47 mm, f/9 at 1/100 sec]

June 2019 | Big Bear | Istanbul | Bangkok | Bhutan

I first traveled to Bhutan about 20 years ago on a work trip and although I spent a few days in the country I had no time to explore … I pretty much just saw the airport, hotel and the aircraft that I was inspecting. Ever since I’ve wanted to go back.

Last year I turned 50 and as a present to myself arranged to return to Bhutan … this time as part of a guided tour. I spent an amazing week exploring Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and the Phobjikha Valley. The tour was organized by Bhutan Lilly Travels who I can’t recommend highly enough.

The highlight of the trip was the last day’s hike up to Paro Taktsang … the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The hike takes 4-5 hours and climbs over 1,700 feet to reach the monastery at 10,232 feet. It’s a steep climb up … but the views are worth every step.