Birding & Sightseeing the Tiger’s Nest, Paro, Bhutan
When: October 2016 Weather: Cool 15 C
Leica M240/35mm Summilux Nikon P900
After we finished our work in Thimphu, we drove an hour back to our hotel, the Uma Paro in Paro valley, overlooking the international airport. Paro of course is where the most famed tourist attraction, the Tiger’s Nest is located…it’s a monastery built on the side of a sheer rock face and likely the most visited attraction in Bhutan. After dropping our bags off, we headed to the Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang in Bhutanese. The climb is steep and is about 800m in height. It takes about 1.5 hours to get to the halfway point, a tea house with splendid views of the Tiger’s nest itself. Many choose to stop here if they are tired or a little under the weather but for the fitter ones, it’s another hour up, down and up again to get to the monastery itself….
As I was feeling a little under the weather, I chose to stay at the tea house and not chance the rest of the trek…also wanted to do some birding around the tea house.
and then I found a little area behind the shops where I could sit and watch for any birds…..before long I saw these long tailed beauties appear…
A spectacular attraction, the birding isn’t too bad too!