Taktsang Monastery, Paro
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Address: Taktsang Trail, Paro, Bhutan
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known in Bhutan as Guru Rinpoche flew to this special monastery on the back of a tigress in the 8th century when it was abound with evil spirits. He spent three months thereafter deep in meditation here and thus, the TaktsangGoemba or the Tiger’s Nest Monastery has been sanctified by Guru Rinpoche, consecrated to tame the tiger demon. Today, it is regarded as an unofficial symbol of Bhutan and is one of the most sacred religious sites in the country.
Clinging onto a cliff, hovering above a gorgeous forest of blue pine and rhododendrons, this awe-inspiring monastery really makes you work to get to it – but it is very rewarding at the end. Located at the height of 3,000ft, it is highly recommended that you endeavour this journey with a tour guide familiar with the area, who can obtain the standard permit required for entry into the monastery. Also keep in mind your physical limitations and the fact that it is important to get acclimatised to high altitudes before attempting the journey, so try spending an entire day in Paro first.
A pony can be arranged up till the cafeteria for those who require it, and from that point onwards, there is another steep walk and then a flight of narrow stairs until the grand Monastery itself. Otherwise, the trek may take two-three hours and you will find charming chortens and streams along the way as the Monastery at the stop grows closer to you. The view from the top is truly unparalleled so persevere through the trying trek to get to the top.
The first monastery here was constructed in 1692 at the order of Tenzin Rabgye, the ruler of Bhutan from 680 to 694 and in 1998, a tragic fire destroyed most of the original buildings, but great effort has been put in to restore them to their former glory.
This is cited to be the place where Guru Rinpoche brought Buddhism into Bhutan, imparting to it immense religious value.
Taktsang Monastery Information
- Halfway up the trekking trail is a quaint café where you can take a breather.
- You have to leave your bags and cameras at the entrance since photography isn’t allowed inside.
- Besides Indian citizens, every guest requires a local guide who will organise the climb and/or the pony when requested. The guide can also assess whether you can make the trek and let guests know if it might not be possible for them.
- Try making it up there in time for the noon prayers, you might get a chance to have some buttered tea and crackers and interesting conversation with the monks!
Taktsang Monastery Ticket Prices
- Your guide can organise a permit to enter the monastery.
Restaurants Near Taktsang Monastery
- Taktsang Cafeteria
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Oct 2017. Started climb at 2600m, reach tea house 35 minutes later. Tea house served free tea and biscuits. Then continue to climb to Tigers Nest viewpoint to 3150m at 10.30am. Then climb down and walk up again to Tigers Nest at 3100m at 11am. Please note bags and mobile phones are not allowed inside the temple. Best to prepare light snacks or energy bars. It takes fastest 1.5 hours to depart Tigers Nest and reach the parking lot.
Very picturesque hike though most of the way is laid with steps which makes one feel disconnected from the nature around you. Start in the morning so you have more time to explore the monastery and the surroundings itself. If you reach the base late in the evening, expect not to find any modes of transport to take you back to the town.
A beautiful and ancient monastery of Bhutan. it's a holy place for Buddhist people. it's situated more than 10000 feet above from Paro valley. it's not a easy task to go there by trekking such a high altitude. but Nobody wanna miss the beauty of this ancient temple. Photograph and filming is completely prohibited inside the monastery.
An unbelievable creation at an unbelievable place...it is the main attraction of Bhutan...horses are available at the base camp, but they take you to the cafeteria only which is to my belief, is not more than 30 percent of the total journey.... So you must be well prepared to trek up to the dzong....it is not an easy trek to perform,
This probably is one of the nicest treks possible for the simple reason being it's warm at the start and the weather gets cooler helping you to get to the monastery quickly. The trial is so clean am outta words. Finally the views and the monastery it self a sight