Taktsang MonasteryCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- 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
09 AM - 10 AM
71.58% of people start their Taktsang Monastery visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Taktsang Monastery
94.7% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Taktsang Monastery
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Taktsang Monastery, Paro Reviews
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.
most beautiful monastery I've ever seen. perfect name - tigers nest. it looks like that. hike isn't bad. takes around 2 hours one way for an average hiker. beautiful views of valley along the way. it is definitely my favourite spot in the entire Bhutan. go early to avoid crowds as it can get very crowded due to it's popularity
Breathtaking place.. One of the dream destination for trekking lovers.. The view from the top is awesome.. Trek to reach 10,400 feet height took approximately 3 - 4 hours of course it varies according to individuals fitness level.. Nice handicraft shops at foot hill.. I will suggest walking stick instead of horseback..
Good and must visit place for trekking lovers. Otherwise do check your physical fitness before you go. Place can be made better with providing basic amenities like toilet s etc on way. No signage anywhere indicating direction, distance etc. Persons from all ages can go but definitely difficult task
Wonderful place and hike all the way to the top. The experience is 100% worth it. Make sure you have the right shoes and equipment for the hike specially if the weather is rainy as it can be very slippery. Cameras aren’t allowed inside unfortunately. The hike until the top would take between 2.5- 3.5 hours depending on your speed