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- Address: Taktsang Trail, Paro, Bhutan Map
- 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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- Taktsang Monastery Address: Taktsang Trail, Paro, Bhutan
- Taktsang Monastery Timing: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
- Best time to visit Taktsang Monastery(preferred time): 09:00 am - 12:00 pm
- Time required to visit Taktsang Monastery: 01:00 Hrs
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95% of people who visit Paro include Taktsang Monastery in their plan
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57.5% of people start their Taktsang Monastery visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Taktsang Monastery
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