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A cave said to have been occupied by the founding father of Buddhism in Bhutan, Guru Rinpoche (aka ‘Padmasambhava’), forms the heart of the famous Taktsang monastery. The complex consists of four shrines, crammed on to a narrow ledge high above the floor of the Paro Valley. Rock-cut steps and rickety bridges connect its four wings, whose golden pagoda roofs, fluttering prayer flags and distempered walls are dwarfed by the vista of forested hills and snow-capped mountains unfolding on all sides – a spectacle worth the journey to Bhutan alone!