Paro Taktsang

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Overview

Tiger Nest Monastery or Taktsang is one of the most venerated places near Paro in Bhutan.  It is the most remote and challenging monastery to approach at an elevation of over 10,000 feet. It is one of the oldest monasteries between valleys and mountain cliffs. The monastery houses four temples and residential facilities for the monks. Majestic mountains, emerald green valleys, and isolated location make it the most famous Bhutan cultural icon.

 

 

The Legend

The history of the origin of Paro Taktsang is mist-shrouded. Taktsang means the tiger's lair in the Tibetan language. Guru Rinpoche or Padma Sambhava arrived in the Paro valley from Tibet on a flying tiger and meditated in one of the thirteen Himalayan caves for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours. Later, he snuffed out some wayward demons in the valley. It is believed that Yeshe Tsogyal transformed into a tigress and carried the Guru on her back to Taktshang from Singye Dzong in eastern Bhutan. Guru emerged in eight manifestations.This event ushered in Buddhism into Bhutan. Padma Sambhava practiced Tantric Buddhism in the 8th century C.E. assuming the Horrific form of Guru Dorje Drolo to cleanse the place of evil spirits and save the integrity of Buddhist teachings. He tamed and subjugated the malicious spirits apart from delivering sublime teachings to the disciples.Initially, this labyrinth of caves served as a meditation site for Padma Sambhava, and many prominent Tibetan Buddhist figures in the subsequent centuries.Tenzin Rabgye constructed this temple in 1692 in honor of Padma Sambhava. The Bhutanese ruler Tenzin Rabgye was regarded as the reincarnation of Padma Sambhava. His historic visit to the mountain cave coincided with the Tsechu dance festival. Tsechu celebration accompanied miracles like flowers raining from the sky, mythical beasts, and Tenzin Rabgye around the cave.

 

 

The Shrine of Self-Speaking Guru

Pentsa Deva sculptured the statue of the Guru at Punakha Thangdzong and took to Taktshang. At Taktshang, the statue uttered: "Do not worry, for someone shall come to carry me to Taktsang!". Therefore, the place is known as the temple of the self-speaking statue of the Guru.

 

 

Architecture

The temple complex houses four temple buildings and eight caves. Bridges and narrow stone walkways connect the building.Stark white exterior walls, red shingled roofs, and golden roofs were featured at Paro Taktsang, like other prominent buildings in Bhutan. Usually, stone and rammed mud is used in the construction of temples in Bhutan. Golden ceilings, golden idols, and the hall of a Thousand Buddhas, a statue of a large tiger, are there in the interior of Paro Taktsang.The shrine contains beautiful paintings of his twenty-five chief disciples on the rock and the throne used by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye. Famous Niwari artisans Pentsa Deva, Dharma Deva, and Dharmashri built all the sacred objects. The 34th Je Khenpo, Shedrup Yoezer, renovated the monastery between 1961 and 1965.A tragic fire broke out in 1998 devastated many buildings, and one monk succumbed to the injury. His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King Of Bhutan, restored its glory and renovated it in the early 2000s.Monks start their day by spinning a large prayer wheel in the courtyard. Spinning prayer wheel is considered as good as reciting prayers orally as per Buddhist belief.

 

 

Hiking to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery

You cannot drive your vehicles up to the monastery. You can get to the monastery by hiking or hiring a horse to carry you there. The hiking will take 5 to 7 hours for the entire visit with a distance of 4 miles and the highest elevation of 10,232 feet.It is doable for most people because it is not overly steep to go uphill. The climb is comfortable in the second half as you near the monastery.

 

Timings

  • Monday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Thursday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Friday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Saturday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • By Cab : The Paro Taktsang is around 10 kilometers from Paro in a cab. The taxi will take you up to the last motorable stretch at the parking lot or the path to the monastery. You can cover the rest of the distance on foot or horseback when trekking does not seem comfortable.
  • By Climb : It takes around three hours to climb and reach the monastery at ease. About 700 meters is at elevation in a one-way distance of 4 kilometers.
  • By Paths : Three paths lead to the holy place. The first path passes through the pine forest. Bright, prayer bannerettes symbolize protection from evil forces, good luck, vitality, and positive energy. The other two paths are via the plateau, known as "a hundred thousand fairies’ plateau."

 

Ticket Pricing

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Things To Do

Tiger’s Nest Monastery 

Taktsang Monastery, popularly known as Tiger’s Nest, is the unofficial symbol of Bhutan and one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the country.It is sai that Guru Rinpoche, the Father of Bhutanese Buddhism had arrived here more than a million years ago from Tibet on the back of a tigress and meditated here.

Adventure Activity

Paro is the hub for all the adventure activities in Bhutan. it includes trekking, mountain biking, kayaking and rafting. The trek extends 5,400 metres, by crossing 4 different passes and camps at high altitudes.

Meditate

It is one of the best place to mediatate and do soul searching.If you want guidance and peace of mind youcan mediatate in the monastries or even at your room as the environment is cool and silent.

Taste Local Flavours

You can try Bhutan's favourite cuisine Ema Datshi.Yak cheese is used majorly in all foods that is provided to the people.It is a very popular dish and is a must try whoever visits the place.

Explore

When you visit Paro Taktsang it is not important to have an itineraray. To witness the view of Mount Everest you can travel to Paro and you can even see them through the eyes even if far from it.

 

Address

Paro Taktsang, Taktsang Trail, Bhutan

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Kunal B
Kunal B
08/14/2020 10:39
One of wonders of the world i can say that.. the location of it makes you wonder how they would have built it.. it does take half day to finish the entire trek.. i would recommend not to take the horses as they cover only first half and the rest you will have to cover it by walk. It is a difficult climb you need lots of energy to finish the trek and do wear the trek shoes as it is slippery at some places. Enjoy the trek its worth every minute of trek. #garudaclubs🦅
ankit sharma
ankit sharma
07/18/2020 16:02
Amazing trek with beautiful views on the way up. It’s a difficult trek so be prepared for it. At the top, there’s a beautiful monastery. It’s a very sacred place for Bhutanese people and has a very calming influence. And it’s windy and cold like Alaska at the top.
Navjot Singh
Navjot Singh
08/04/2020 15:12
It's a beautiful monastery located on hills in the Paro Valley. The trek up to the monastery is moderate and can be done by an average person. The entry inside the monastery is not free and you have to pay ₹1000 to see the monastery from the inside. Camera/videography is prohibited inside the monastery. Locker facility is available near the building. You need to be accompanied by a guide which is part of the fee you pay for visiting this temple. Start early so that you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Aleena Justin
Aleena Justin
06/17/2020 16:58
Bhutan is such a peaceful and nature filled place . The people there are so welcoming , the live in such a harmony . The transportation system in Bhutan doesn't have traffic signals and vehicular horns 'cause people are well mannered if anyone wants to cross the road they suddenly stops the vehicle so that the person could walk by. It's such a harmonious country . It's definitely a must visit place ✨
ANIRUDH KUSHWAH
ANIRUDH KUSHWAH
05/30/2020 10:42
Awesome place to visit. Went in Feb 2019, this is a good a bit tough trek to monastery. If trying to do it with ur own pace; wear good sports shoe, carry food for two meals, the restaurant in between has only fixed menu (all you can eat or a tea with 4 biscuits). Reach by 9-10, trek for 4-5 hours up. Spend a couple of hours, trek down for 2 hours. You can rent helping stick near the base. Toilets are available at the base and the restaurant mid way. Water can be found on one of the natural fountain somewhere in between but it will be much better if u can carry water for yourself. This is a must go for nature lovers and people looking a medium trekking experience. Hope it helps!

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FAQs

There are regular flights from India by Bhutan Airlines and Drukair. Paro is the only international airport in Bhutan, connecting flights from Delhi, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Kolkata, and Mumbai.
You will have to take a cab to reach the upper base camp that will hardly yake 35 minutes to drop you there. Then trek or walk to climb the rest of the distance. Alternatively, you can hire a horse to cover the rest of the distance.
It is a meditation site for Padma Sambhava, who ushered in Buddhism to Bhutan. This temple is perched high in the Himalaya mountain of Bhutan, and a network of caves was used for meditation.
The Tiger Nest Monastery is located at an elevation of 10,000 feet near Paro.
Any person with average fitness can climb the moderately tricky trek to the monastery. You can safeguard yourself by going slow at steep parts. On the return trip to downhill, save yourself from slippery sections to adjust and avoid body strain.
It takes about 3 to 5 hours for a round trip hike depending upon your fitness level and pace. Next one hour, you will move around the monastery. You can dedicate a full day to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
Ngultrum is the Bhutanese currency. Indian rupee is readily accepted in the country.
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