Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Paro

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Resting on a lush cliffside of the Himalayan mountain range, Taktsang Palphug Monastery represents a prominent sacred site where Bhutan's tutelary deity--Padmasambhava--once meditated. The elegant temple complex was built around meditation caves or "tiger lairs" in 1692, and quickly became the nation's cultural icon. Explore the compound's four principal temples and residential houses interconnected through granite stairways. Inside the monastery, inspect Bodhisattva images, elaborate wall paintings, balconies embellished with religious symbols, and remarkable works of art. You'll need sturdy climbing shoes and a moderate fitness level to endure the several gruelling hours it takes to reach it. To visit Taktsang Palphug Monastery on your trip to Paro, use our Paro planner .
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  • October 5, 2017
    Know as "tigers nest" it's by far the best site to visit in Bhutan. It's one of the places that takes your breath away in all the ways Don't worry with the hike, I was quite afraid ... it's quite heav...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Just back after a hectic tell to the Tigers Nest. Start early, the ticket counter opens at 7.30. walk up is about 2.5 hours, spectacular scenery. The monastery should be included in the world heritage...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    oh what a hike. and there is no short cut... (ok you can take a horse ride till the halfway mark).. but the rest of the hike still is very tough. esp for people like me, who never hike. and do not hav...  more »

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A popular tourist and pilgrimage spot, Paro offers a range of luxurious accommodations in the form of resort-style hotels and boutique spas. You'll find these scattered around the valley, but not in the main downtown area. If you're looking for less-exclusive hotels, check the hillside to the west of town, which offers great views of the valley. A number of mid-range hotels also offer panoramic views. For budget-oriented travelers, there are few guesthouses in town.
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