Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery
The history of Taktshang Monastery dates back to 8th Century when a Buddhist Preacher Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) is said to have flew to the cave on the back of a tiger. The legends say that the cave was a meditation place for Guru Rinpoche. Today the place has a monastery hanging on the cliff at 10,232ft over the Paro Valley.
Ascending to the Monastery
Hiking up to the holy site takes approximately 2 hours for average hikers. I could make it in one hour. As you climb up, you will be stunned with the spectacular beauty of the valley, nature and prayer flags everywhere. Take a break to capture the moments.
The climb is fairly easy and there are also horse ride services for those who have difficulty in walking. Casual boots can suffice, as the routes are well maintained. Approximately, one way distance is 2.6 miles.
There is a café located halfway up the trail and you can enjoy hot coffee and snacks. Lunch is also available at reasonable prices.
Making the Hike Memorable
Arriving early makes it easier for one to hike without much hindrances from other hikers and horses moving along the way. Also, you can have better space to capture more photos. Carrying water and snacks is always recommended as the slope is steep and you may feel dry often.
Once you arrive at the viewpoint, do not rush to go inside. You are not allowed to take photos inside the monastery. So, take your time at viewpoint to capture every beautiful moment as you look around the wonderful place. The views are spectacularly breathtaking.