Bhutan is no ordinary place. It is a Himilayan kingdom with a reputation for mystery and magic, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces global developments. Having opened its borders for the first time less than 40 years ago it has gained an almost mystical status as a real life Shangri-la with emphasis on the spiritual growth of its people, the preservation of nature and the stunning monasteries scattered throughout its lands and most importantly the happiness and welfare of its people. One of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro floor is the “Tigers Nest”. It is said that the guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence its name. Life as a monk is simple where they live in cramped quarters, eat rice and vegetables, study english, attend prayers and participate in debates. It may be simple and disciplined but much peace and wisdom is gained for those who live a temple life in Bhutan.