Taktsang Monastery4758 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: Taktsang Trail, Paro, Bhutan
- Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, View Point, Hiking Trail, Historical Site, Architecture , Monastery
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 Travel Tips
- 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!
Entrance Ticket Details For Taktsang Monastery
- Your guide can organise a permit to enter the monastery.
- Taktsang Cafeteria
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95% of people who visit Paro include Taktsang Monastery in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
57.5% of people start their Taktsang Monastery visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Taktsang Monastery
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Taktsang Monastery
Taktsang Monastery Reviews & Ratings
Lots of effort to get to this place. And once you're here,you feel so amazing! Beautiful temple, with colourful interior. You will get a guide to explain all the history behind the temple and why it's called tiger's nest. The view point from the place is very beautiful and if it rains it becomes much more scenic. There is no fee for hiking in this place, but if you want to enter the temple there is a entry fee and you need to collect it from the base village. This place is one of the must visit places!
Wow amazing place to visit if your in Bhutan. Loved 😍😍😍 one of the best trek I ever did in my life. It’s approx 7-8 km trek quiet difficult to climb if you have not done trek before. 500/- entry fee that includes the guide at the temple.guide will give you all the information about temple and the history behind the temple. After walking and climbing mountains you can see fabulous view it’s miracle they have built on the top of the mountains🥰🥰🥰.
Hard trekking but worth trying. Take the tickets at the base camp. Price is 500 per person 250 for children below 5 And same if you show student (So if you are a student do not forget to take your institutional IDs) It is about 7km one side. On starting there is steep slopes for around half the way that is cafeteria. After cafeteria the path is bit walkable. Then there are stairs . There are about around more than 1000 steps 1st you will descend and then ascend. Return trip :- It becomes difficult to climb the steps. After that you only have to take careful steps . Be cautious your foot may slip. You can take horse for going up but it only reaches to cafeteria then you will have to walk only. If you are walking don't forget to get the tanda for walking , it's helpful. The view is awesome You will enjoy it Take plenty of water and few things to eat . Try to keep the bag light. Just enjoy the beautiful view , make new friends and enjoy the trek. You will love it. Thank you.
A trip to Bhutan is incomplete without visiting Tiger's Nest. Lot of interesting stories, you can get a very good insight into the culture and tradition of Bhutanese people. Travel light, it's a good amount of climbing. Carry enough water, few biscuits will help! Most of the route is mud road which is easily walkable with decent slippers but will need proper shoes for comfort, especially if it's rainy. There are lockers available on top to keep cameras and other bags. Make sure you ask for a guide if you are traveling without one.
To reach Tiger's Nest, it takes 2-3 hours to trek and there's a entry fee if you want to enter inside the Tiger's nest monastery and also, guide will accompany you throughout the trek (up&down) . The entry ticket costs ₹500 for Indians which can be bought at the counter right before you park your car. Counter opens from 7:30 AM to 1 PM local Bhutan time; otherwise just to trek to reach top and take pictures outside of monastery, there's no fee at all. The trek track isn't good. Horses are available for 1/3 of the trek track and rest has to be covered self and the charge is ₹500. It's better to take your own time to go up! Track is a mix of rocky stones/steps and mud (they're slippery during rains) so it's advisable to carry a stick [Rs 50 only on returnable basis] at the entry gate. There're hardly 1-2 benches available on the way [& no washrooms on the way]. There's a cafeteria at the halfway which is very expensive (& it makes sense why)! Advisable to carry cap/hat, sunscreen lotion, stick (which will be extremely helpful while coming down the muddy slope in case it rains), water, snacks, umbrella or raincoats (as weather is unpredictable). Would suggest not to carry warm clothes while trekking as this will unnecessarily increase your bag weight. Once you reach on top, it's absolutely worth taking a shot! Indeed it so damn beautiful and serene.