Taktsang Monastery

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  • Address: Taktsang Trail, Paro, Bhutan
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Mountain, View Point, Hiking Trail, Historical Site, Architecture , Monastery

About Taktsang Monastery, Paro

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

  • 72.05% of people start their Taktsang Monastery visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Taktsang Monastery

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

94.69% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Taktsang Monastery

People normally club together National Museum Of Bhutan and Jangsarbu Lhakhang while planning their visit to Taktsang Monastery.

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  • One of the best places to visit in Bhutan. The trek up and down including 1hr visit can be done by beginners in about 5-6 hours. I visited in March, It got a little cold above and would recommend warmer clothes for upstairs. The caves are mesmerizing and a place to savour for. The entire aura of the place is simply amazing.

  • One of the best place to visit in Paro. The temple is situated at quite a height in the mountains which requires quite a long way of hiking to reach there. Horses are also available with which you can cover around 60% of the trek. However the rest of the distance is to be completed by foot. The temple is quite awesome and beautiful situated just at the side of the mountain. The walk to the temple is worth every bit. Really a must visit place in Bhutan..Quite awesome

  • Wow...... Just wow. Breath taking and beautiful sights. The cleanliness and beauty with a very beautiful greenery and the aura of peace is too good. One of the best place to visit. Even the trekking was a little difficult but it worths each drop of your sweat 😊 try to start as early as possible. There is also a beautiful waterfall there.

  • Sacred place. Trek takes about 7 hours. Horses available till half waypoint only. Tickets have to be bought at starting point for entry to monastery. Take sufficient water chocolates and food which is easy to carry. Warm clothes required as it gets cold at temple. Carry stick to assist in trek which is moderately tough. Must visit. Nice restaurant at midway point. Order lunch while going up.

  • One of my favourite place, I want to go again and again. 😍😍😍 lovely place. The architecture of the monastery is so beautiful I can't explain in words also, people are so helpful there. After climbing up there they will give u some food, so that u could gain some energy. It's a trekking point , so aged people should not go for their safety.

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