Paro Taktsang
Paro Taktsang
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  • Lokesh59
    Mumbai, India33 contributions
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    A visit to what I will call the Last Shrangri-la
    Paro is the air gateway to Bhutan. It also is home to the Tiger's Nest which makes for a moderate to difficult trek. We trekked and took many pictures. Its also a good place for shopping handicrafts, fancy tea cups and many other souvenirs. Woolen and silk stoles and scarfs are also very beautiful.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 May 2023
  • Albert L
    Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
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    A Must do hike in Bhutan
    The climb to the monastery was extremely tiring and it left me completely worn out. However, it was absolutely worth it because the view of the monastery, especially from the hill across, was absolutely stunning. The inside of this 18th century monastery is captivating, and the monks there are incredibly friendly.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 June 2023
  • Ron S
    New York City, New York5,473 contributions
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    Taktsang
    Tiger's Nest is the ultimate trade mark of Bhutan tourism. It takes about 2.5-3 hours from the parking lot to the monastery. So allocate the entire day for the round trip. You can rent a mule for the first half of the route to the cafe. But from there the remaining half must be on foot. The path is mildly strenuous. There are a few viewpoints along the way. Check the weather forecast as if it rains the view may be clouded by fog.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Peter R
    Dartford, United Kingdom1,253 contributions
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    Breathtaking
    So much has already been said about the Tigers nest. But to add my contribution. You are dropped off in the carpark and the initial climb is steady, up some steps but mainly earth, rocks and tree roots. You can rent a horse for the first part of the journey to the restaurant, but if you decide to walk, it takes, at a steady pace with frequent stops, about 90 mins. At the restaurant you get your first clear view of the Tigers Nest. From here it is a slightly steeper climb to a vantage point directly opposite the Tigers Nest a walk of about 45 mins, here is the best spot for photographs. From here it is approximately 250 steps down the mountain and then 250 steps back up to reach the Tigers Nest allow 30 minutes for this stretch. Once you reach the monastery you have to lock away your phone and cameras as these are not allowed inside. Once inside there are at least 8 separate temples all of which are colourful and full of Buddhas and other artifacts. Our guide told us that one particular temple was completely destroyed in the last fire the only thing to survive was the Buddha, which was untouched by the flames. We were lucky enough to arrive when a service was being undertaken by the Monks such a cacophony of chanting and music.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 October 2023
  • Peter R
    Dartford, United Kingdom1,253 contributions
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    Not to be missed
    This is what most people who come to Bhutan have come to see, the Tigers Nest. This is usually the last item on the tour itinerary, your guide will have been building you up to this final trek. If you make it all the way it takes between 2.5 and 3 hours. Take your time have plenty of stops. The effort is certainly worth it, enjoy.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 October 2023
  • Amanda F
    Sydney, Australia47 contributions
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    A highlight of beautiful Bhutan
    Bhutan is the most beautiful, peaceful and unspoilt country I have been to in more than 50 years of travelling. Tiger's Nest was a highlight, although it is quite a hike up there, but we made it reasonably easily as a fit couple in our late 60s. Be warned ... there are about 3,000 steps up the mountain (it is considered a path!), followed by a final 700 stone stairs down and 250 back up to cross the ravine to the temple. But it was well worth it and there was no hurry!!! When we got back to Paro, we had a hot stone bath with herbs to help with any aches and pains. The Bhutanese are lovely, gentle and kind people and 98% wear traditional dress. I would go back in a heartbeat!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Suresh Kumar
    Bengaluru, India2,128 contributions
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    “VOYAGE TO THE COPPER COLORED SPIRITUAL HEART OF BHUTAN”
     30 minutes by car from town.  Cluster of 4 temples, 8 caves, and monk’s quarters.  Like most of the prominent buildings in Bhutan, the monastery has white walls with red/gold colour roof.  Clinging to an impossible steep and rocky cliff some 800 meters above the valley and some 3000 plus meters above sea level.  Covered in lush and varied forests. Extraordinary ecological diversity. Plenty of pine trees.  The most sacred Buddhist site in Bhutan.  Cliffside hike of 3 km one way. Easy with a stick or trek pole.  Rocky and muddy terrain takes some 2-3 hours to scale. In case of rain then some 3-4 hours.  Midway cafeteria for tea or coffee or lunch. Washrooms facilities. View the monastery from the cafeteria, if not foggy or cloudy.  Once all photos are taken, easy to hike back.  Magical experience of a lifetime.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 November 2023
  • Soulful Traveller
    Chennai (Madras), India6 contributions
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    Bucket List Trekking @ Tiger's Nest
    This was the last day in the trip, I didnt know if I would able to make it as I had just recovered from gout, but decided to go and my wife had knee problem. We hired a horse upto the cafe and planned to return back, after reaching there we decided to climb further, we finally achieved the summit at 2pm... we came back slowly and reached at 5:30pm. Now we would say that this is one of the best trek ever, as Lord Buddha "Mind is Everything", we just focused on reaching the Tiger's Nest. Once we reached there it was mesmerizing to the see beauty of nature and tranquility... WOW..
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2023
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Tonci
Croatia47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Regardless of all the natural and cultural beauties of Bhutan, we were most looking forward to this temple. In one word - this is a world-class pearl!
The temple can be reached by a path, and hiking up the hill takes 2 hours. Hiking to the temple is relatively easy and pleasant. The path was picturesque and with a lot of prayer flags. You can see this temple in many places on the trail, and the most beautiful view of the temple is on the terrace, which is separated from the temple by a small canyon and a small waterfall.
All your belongings must be left in the locked boxes at the entrance to the temple. The temple complex is guarded by the security guards and the monks. The security guard allowed us to take only money and passports with us. As in all temples in Bhutan, photography is strictly prohibited.
When you pass the security check, you will enter a beautiful fairy tale atmosphere. Yes to a fairy tale atmosphere - because this whole place is one beautiful fairy tale. There is a legend that in this place the Indian mystic and religious preacher - Guru Padmasambhava killed the local demon. Of course, I will not tell you this legend until the end, because you have to hear about this legend on the spot.
The temple complex itself consists of several rooms with places for worship. We liked the most the part where the meditation cave of the mystic and guru Padmasambhava is located. Of course we did not hesitate to light a butter lamp in this special place. Everything was amazing.
We were sad to leave this fairy tale place and therefore the hour long walk back down the hill was difficult for us.
Written 20 March 2024
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AKT
Mumbai, India190 contributions
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Jan 2024 • Friends
This is one of the best divine experience we had during our Bhutan trip.

It could be difficult for some and easy for most, but it is 100% doable for anyone with average and above physical capacity. The last 15% of the trek can be a little difficult.

A must do experience on your Bhutan trip!
Written 6 February 2024
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Biswa Mukherjee
Fort Mill, SC781 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Friends
This was my 4th trip to the sacred Tiger's Nest monastery. As it was late December, the weather was a little chilly but the sun came out and made it a nice day. Here I am summarizing the facts -
Trek distance: 4.6 mile (7.4 km) roundtrip
Elevation gain: 600 m
Duration: 6 to 7 hrs
Altitude: 10,240 ft
Perfect season: March to May, August to December
Difficulty level: Easy (for those with trekking experience) to Moderate (for novices)
DO’s
1. Start early - latest by 8am. Leave your hotel by 7.30am.
2. Walk at your own pace. Don't get pressured by others.
3. Ask your guide to carry atleast 2 litres water in a backpack
4. Take a hiking stick or pole if path is slippery
5. Go inside the monastery with your guide. It is a deeply moving experience.
Entrance fee for the hike is 1000 Nu / INR (it is 500 for 6-18 yrs, free for under 5 yrs).
There is a nice cafeteria on the trail located halfway up. Coffee, snacks and lunch available. You have to pre-order the lunch, it is a buffet and costs 600 INR per plate.
DON’Ts:
1. Don’t underestimate the hike
2. Don’t plan for any other sightseeing on the same day
3. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures!
Written 2 February 2024
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Augustine F
Mumbai, India207 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Friends
Hike up to the Tiger's Nest, I would recommend this only if you are physically fit. Having said that along the path we came across people who looked healthy give up and also saw really old people (including one who had knee surgery about 6 months back) make it all the way to the top

Here are tips if you are planning to do it.
- Listen to your guide, they will be the most experienced having gone up and quite down a few times
- Travel as lightly as you can, a bottle of water and a tiny snack (like some nuts, an energy bar or a fruit) Avoid heavy cameras, tripod's unless you are super fit.
- Wear proper trekking/walking shoes with good grip, and carry an extra pair or socks as when inside the temples on the top you will have to take off you shoes and on the way down you might want to change your pair of socks.
- Make sure the socks you are wearing are meant for the cold weather
- Start as early as you can, especially if you are not an experienced trecker.
- The climb for most people is what is difficult, some parts the incline is quite tough in some parts its easy to walk
- You can rent a hiking stick from the base if you need something to balance your self
- Take as few breaks as you can, especially on the way up.
- I recommend clicking pictures on the way up, you are going to be quite tried on the way back to do it
- If you think you want to do it but want to save some energy, you can rent horses to take you up to a mid-way point. Then hike from there, is about 1 - 2 hrs depending on your speed
- At the point where the horses drop you off is the only cafe along the whole path for a toilet break along with something to eat. Both when going up and down.
- The last part of the trek is all steps, some quite steep.
- Make sure to visit all the 7 temples open to people, once you have gone up, the guide will give you the history of each of the temples, this will also depend on the level of your interest.
- Some also camp on the top and come back the next day, you will have to search for details about how that is done.
- Coming down was easier for most people, except for me in the group as heavy body weight plus a heavy bag did not help.

All in all you feel very good about yourself if you manage to do the whole thing.
It does take a day or 2 to recover from this so might want to do this last on your trip or have a couple of lesser walking plans over the next few days
Written 1 February 2024
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thequeenej
Philippines88 contributions
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Nov 2023 • Solo
To start: I'm asthmatic, don't really go to gym, definitely not athletic, and a bit overweight. All of those have stopped me from visiting Bhutan to see Tiger's Nest Monastery for the longest time. This place is the last item in my top 10 bucket list so this year, before I age more, I decided to finally try. I must admit, I was not convinced I can do this throughout my trip in Bhutan - the hike was Day 4 of the tour. My main preparation was 30 mins - 1 hr walking 2x a week a month before the hike, and altitude pills from Day 1 of tour. I was told I can take half-way by horse and even though I know that choice was not ethical at all, I knew I needed some help. The miracle of me getting to the monastery is 50% because of the horse's help. From the cafe (mid-way) hiking up took me 2 hours. I needed to stop almost every 10 steps to breathe properly (or take my asthma inhaler). When we reached the top (where photo area is), we have to go down 700 steps and up again (by around 250 steps) to get to the temple. The whole experience was tear jerking for me, especially when I made it to the temple. Very surreal beauty of the temple, of the view, and memorable experience going up. A lot to learn inside the temple as well - religious traditions, rich culture, interesting stories, etc. Going back was another horror - have to go up 700 steps first before going down - and without proper balance you can actually just roll down (which is dangerous) so even though going down was easier than hiking up, it was still a challenge. Note that you can't take the horse going down. I still highly recommend visiting the Tiger's Nest!

HIKING TIPS - per my tour guide's advice, we started around 530-6am and I was one of the first ones to get to the temple - quiet and not crowded. Weather in November is quite good as well - at 6am, it was about 2C and when we were about to descend at around noon, it was already 15-17C. Also, there are quite a lot of photo areas - I recommend doing it when you are on your way back so that you can reach the temple fast.
Written 5 January 2024
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK5,903 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Couples
This was always going to be a highlight of our Bhutan tour. Although I do regular hiking I wasn't sure I was going to be able to make it to the monastery itself. The initial part of the walk to the cafe went well. It was though the woods and obviously very much uphill. There are several paths and we were led by our guide to the slightly longer but less steep path, it's slightly wider too than some of the others.
Arriving at the cafe I was surprised not to feel too tired or achy. After a toilet stop and a drink of water I set off again with the look-out point my target. More of an unmade path now through the woods/hills and perhaps a bit steeper - or was I just feeling the climb now. Chocolate was needed now and then.
Arriving at the look-out point was a big achievement. Another pause here to take stock whilst admiring the monastery from the look-out balcony. Talking to those coming back we were told that the path is stepped now, firstly down to the bridge over the stream and then up to the monastery. We were told we could see the bridge and the waterfall if we just peeped around the corner. Well, not quite correct - we did go round the corner but quite way before we could see the steps and down to the bridge.
At this point the decision was whether or not to go down the steps - quite long way - before climbing up the steps the other side to the monastery. In my mind was going down now meant coming up on the way back and I was feeling tired now. Anyway, seeing the monastery so close was the decider to going on.
It was good to see the waterfall and cross the bridge. The ascent of the steps on the other side was slow but determined. I made it. Our guide who had been flitting backwards and forwards all morning ensuring everyone was OK had just returned from taking a group around the monastery. He offered to take those that had just arrived but we declined, we reached the monastery and now needed a sit down and a drink.
After a rest we started back, firstly steps down and then the steps up which proved to be a challenge - seemingly never-ending zigzags upwards. We arrived back at the look-out point thinking that the worst was now over and it was all downhill (easy?) from here. We continued downhill. We stopped at the cafe on the way back and was provided with lunch and a drink although I didn't have much.
Easier, well, it should have been. We seem to have taken a wrong/different turn going back and were on quite a steeper more uneven path than we'd come up. Whether it was that, the altitude, lack of drink or just exhaustion but in the last quarter of the downhill I was quite light headed and had to take several rests on convenient large stones. Before I arrived at the base camp our guide had caught up with me again and stayed with me until I arrived at the bus.
So - all in all a good walk and adventure. Before I arrived I hadn't thought I'd have the stamina to do it but I did manage it in stages as did my wife and a friend. It took around five and a half hours overall. I'm very pleased with the result.
We visited as part of our group tour, some of our group didn't walk far, others got to the cafe and just over half of us reached the monastery.
If you are wondering whether to try the hike, give it a go. The path is uneven in places and obviously uphill. Be prepared to rest along the way, to have drinks and snacks and to take it in stages. However far you get will be good - far better than not trying.
Written 31 December 2023
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Soulful Traveller
Chennai (Madras), India6 contributions
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Nov 2023 • Family
This was the last day in the trip, I didnt know if I would able to make it as I had just recovered from gout, but decided to go and my wife had knee problem. We hired a horse upto the cafe and planned to return back, after reaching there we decided to climb further, we finally achieved the summit at 2pm... we came back slowly and reached at 5:30pm.

Now we would say that this is one of the best trek ever, as Lord Buddha "Mind is Everything", we just focused on reaching the Tiger's Nest. Once we reached there it was mesmerizing to the see beauty of nature and tranquility... WOW..
Written 18 December 2023
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Suresh Kumar
Bengaluru, India2,128 contributions
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Sept 2023 • Family
 30 minutes by car from town.
 Cluster of 4 temples, 8 caves, and monk’s quarters.
 Like most of the prominent buildings in Bhutan, the monastery has white walls with red/gold colour roof.
 Clinging to an impossible steep and rocky cliff some 800 meters above the valley and some 3000 plus meters above sea level.
 Covered in lush and varied forests. Extraordinary ecological diversity. Plenty of pine trees.
 The most sacred Buddhist site in Bhutan.
 Cliffside hike of 3 km one way. Easy with a stick or trek pole.
 Rocky and muddy terrain takes some 2-3 hours to scale. In case of rain then some 3-4 hours.
 Midway cafeteria for tea or coffee or lunch. Washrooms facilities. View the monastery from the cafeteria, if not foggy or cloudy.
 Once all photos are taken, easy to hike back.
 Magical experience of a lifetime.
Written 7 November 2023
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Amanda F
Sydney, Australia47 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Couples
Bhutan is the most beautiful, peaceful and unspoilt country I have been to in more than 50 years of travelling. Tiger's Nest was a highlight, although it is quite a hike up there, but we made it reasonably easily as a fit couple in our late 60s. Be warned ... there are about 3,000 steps up the mountain (it is considered a path!), followed by a final 700 stone stairs down and 250 back up to cross the ravine to the temple. But it was well worth it and there was no hurry!!! When we got back to Paro, we had a hot stone bath with herbs to help with any aches and pains. The Bhutanese are lovely, gentle and kind people and 98% wear traditional dress. I would go back in a heartbeat!
Written 4 November 2023
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Peter R
Dartford, UK1,253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is what most people who come to Bhutan have come to see, the Tigers Nest. This is usually the last item on the tour itinerary, your guide will have been building you up to this final trek. If you make it all the way it takes between 2.5 and 3 hours. Take your time have plenty of stops. The effort is certainly worth it, enjoy.
Written 30 October 2023
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