Taktsang Monastery, Paro
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Address: Taktsang Trail, Paro, Bhutan
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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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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Taktsang Monastery, Paro Reviews
This is probably the most famous and scenic of all locations in Bhutan. The 4 hour climb is tiring and at points you are close to giving up. But the exhilaration you feel after reaching the top, is worth all the efforts. A very good place for photography. Must visit on any Bhutan tour.
This place is truly heaven ❤. The trek to the top is tiring but is worth all the effort. The way this temple is built at that height just amazes you . The beauty of the temple increases as you get closer and then when you finally get to see it from close you just can't take your eyes of it😍. The place ,the feel, the people just everything about this place is beautiful and the stories you get to hear from the guides there will take you to another spiritual world. There is a restaurant at the top so one can refresh with some snacks as you climb to the shrine. For those who can't trek they can choose to ride a horse more than half the way up but you do have to walk the rest of the distance which isn't that hard and is very safe. Please do visit this place and feel the essence of Buddhism. 😘😇
One of the most breath-taking and memorable places I ever visited. A truly spiritual experience rewards the visitor for a modest walk of 3 hours. Totally worth it!
Amazing experience overall - the trek up, the view, the peacefulness over here! Since most people are winded after the trek up - you would not be disturbed by any noise crowds 😅 but it takes a certain level of fitness so be prepared for a 3hr steep trek up. There is a cafe midway which offers basic lunch / snacks. Entry ticket of 500Nu to be taken from the foothills before starting the trek.
Amazing place! This monastery carries a great history and a lot of religious values. Taksthang is one of most famous monasteries of Bhutan. It is a 2-2.5 hours hike uphill from the nearest route. There are many waterfalls on the way! Takstang monastery is wonderful and is a perfect place for short day hikes.