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- Address: Taktsang Trail, Paro, Bhutan
- Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Mountain, View Point, Hiking Trail, Historical Site, Architecture , Monastery
Taktsang Monastery - Review
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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Things to Know Before Visiting Taktsang Monastery
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 Trips
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Taktsang Monastery, Paro Reviews
Hiked till the monastery and loved it... I felt this was one of my longest and steepest hike I ever did but totally worth it... Just to let you know there is a charge of 500 per head and there is a pony service by local people charging around 600 per head it will take you till the mid way till cafeteria from there you can hike the rest. My suggestion is to take the pony ride as it will conserve energy and also you are helping local people to earn there living. So do visit the 7 temple on the hill light the butter lamp make a wish. Be at peace....
This temple is the most beautiful and sacred temple in Bhutan. It is often said that journey to Bhutan is incomplete without the hike to Tiger’s Nest temple. It is incessantly frequented by tourists and locals throughout the year. The hike is about 2 hours but it depends on how fast you can walk. It is located in Paro district which is about one and half hours drive from the capital city. It is a mind blowing structure built on a very steep cliff which I couldn't imagine how it was first built in those olden days without modern technologies. I visited twice and my hike experiences are beyond words so I would recommend you to come and feel it yourself at least once in a lifetime. To ease your hike experience, going early in the morning, wearing light comfortable shoes and pants, carrying umbrella & walking stick and a small bottle of water is some of the checklists to be noted before the hike. Come and feel the true beauty and get blessed from this sacred temple. Time of travel: Dec 2016, July 2018
An incredible place nestled precariously on a cliff. Seems to be an architectural marvel of sorts. One needs good fitness levels or has to be very inspired to attempt this trek. It took me over 21/2 hours to reach up there. While it is a bit demanding it is not impossible for someone with reasonable fitness levels. Best to start the trek by 7 am to beat the heat. The view from the top was more than worth all the efforts. The climb down is tricky and was a real test for my knees. While there are restrooms at the midway point near the cafeteria I did not see any restroom in any other place through the trail. Even if you cannot trek up to the top do at least go half way up. You can even do it on horseback till the cafeteria. The view from there is also breathtaking. It is a 'Not to be missed' place.
The energy you get on the 2nd half of this tough walk is amazing. Sightings of the beautiful temple at different points on the track inspire you to go on. More inspirational was meeting a group of 40 Bhutanese who along with their spiritual leader were removing all the trash that had been littered on both sides of the path. They were hanging from branches and roots to reach plastic bottles and chips packets! Kudos to them. Wish all people who care about their spiritual places could do the same.
Wow, oh wow..what a trek and what a place. Words fail to describe this place and the experience that comes with it. Not for newbie trekkers and definitely not for those who have health issues cause this is going to challenge you..a hell lot. A 10km trek(up and down) with an elevation gain of about 1km, the path is rugged and with very few resting stops. Takes about 5-6 hours total. Do take a rain jacket, nibbles and plenty of water/electrolytes. You get some snacking options at a cafeteria which is located midway but prices are exorbitant. Souvenirs for cheap rates can be found at the base/start/end of the trek but there's nothing special. Remember to wear full sleeves, full length pants and leave your head uncovered while entering the monastery. No electronics allowed inside. Keep everything in lockers outside. No fees for that. Walking sticks are rented for 50 rupees/Nu at the beginning of the trek and they are definitely required. Try n avoid taking the horse/mule rides which go up halfway. And PLEASE DON'T LITTER. Also, if you do find plastics on the path, do pick them up and drop them at appropriate places(only 2 are available along the path). Last but not least..do enjoy the journey. It will be tough, but the views, the experience, the self-realization/reflection and ultimately the wonderous monastery will make it all worth the effort.