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Taktsang Monastery

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Allow 1 hour's drive from Paro and then 2 to 3 hours ascension on foot or mule's back to reach the site
When to go
In autumn (September to November) and in spring (March to May)
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Taktsang Monastery

Louis-xavier Devillers Seasoned Traveller
4 written opinions

A monastery inlaid along the side of a cliff at an altitude of over 10 000 feet, the "Tiger's Nest" is the not to be missed monument of your trip to Bhutan.

My suggestion:
Do not hesitate to stop and enjoy the the view of the monastery.
My review

According to legend, Guru Rinpoche, leading Buddhist figure in Bhutan, got to Taktsang on tiger's back (hence its nickname of Tiger's Nest), in a bid to chase away the demon that was scaring the local population.
If like me, you do not have a flying tigress, I suggest you bank on at least two hours to reach the site either on foot or on mule's back. The climb (and its 500 steps!) offers an unrestricted view of the Paro valley and its preserved nature.

When you have reached two-thirds of the way up, I recommend that you make a stop, time enough to take a few magnificent photos, but also to rest! It is compulsory to leave your personal belongings at the entrance to Taktsang monastery , so only take the strict minimum as there are hardly any secure lockers.

The visit of this must-see of Bhutan is also a unique opportunity to learn a bit more about the rich history of this small Himalayan kingdom, so allow your guide to recount the many legends to you.

As it is forbidden to take photos and videos on the site, I advise you to take your time visiting to appreciate the place and its mystical atmosphere, but do not forget to go back down!

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