Taktshang Goemba (Tiger's Nest), Paro

Paro Taktsang, is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and the temple complex is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan.A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen taktsang or "tiger lair" caves in which he meditated.The temple devoted to Padmasambhava is an elegant structure built around the cave in 1692 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye; and has become the cultural icon of Bhutan. A popular festival, known as the Tsechu, held in honor of Padmasambhava, is celebrated in the Paro valley sometime during March or April.HistoryBackground and legendsAccording to the legend related to this Taktsang
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  • Tick! a place worth to go, but must remind yourself not to give up through the way! you wont regret it!  more »
  • I was a bit sceptical about the place when my tour operator handed out the itinerary. But she said that it is a must visit place in Bhutan. Our ever smiling guide reassured me that I could always quit...  more »
  • Start early Need to have good fitness. Washroom available at base, at cafe and at temple( paid- 20 rs) Take good quantity of water and energy boosters. Stick (50 rs rent) is very helpful. Dont go if i...  more »
  • The way from Paro to Taktsang is very beautiful. There is a beautiful river along with the way. I really enjoy my way to Taktsang to going there by Foot. Well, it's long way but still you feel very fortunate to go there by your foot. In Taktsang (Tiger Nest), there is tourists place on the mountain. And to reach there, is a little bit difficult but enjoyable. You have to climb mountain earlier so you can reach there before evening. Once you let, you can't go there in Evening.
  • One of the best places to visit in Bhutan. The trek up and down including 1hr visit can be done by beginners in about 5-6 hours. I visited in March, It got a little cold above and would recommend warmer clothes for upstairs. The caves are mesmerizing and a place to savour for. The entire aura of the place is simply amazing.
  • The best hiking experience one can get at this place. Its a 4 to 5 hr trek round trip. The trek starts from morning 7 a.m to 4 p.m. One can avail a donkey service to trek up to the cafe at the halfway. Delicious buffet served at the cafe and snacks as well. Various international cuisines to try out.
  • A must visit place. The hike is about 3 hours one way for an average person. Fast youngster's can raceu up within 2 hours. There is a restaurant halfway (also the place where the horse ride stops). We felt it expensive, but then the effort to make the food available at that altitude justifies the price. One needs to be at the top by 2 PM to get the best pictures of the tiger's nest, before that the shadow of the mountain covers the monastery. The monastery itself is very nice to visit. There is a security check just before the entrance and also a place to store all your belongings (a safe with a lock is available free of charge)
  • One of the best place to visit in Paro. The temple is situated at quite a height in the mountains which requires quite a long way of hiking to reach there. Horses are also available with which you can cover around 60% of the trek. However the rest of the distance is to be completed by foot. The temple is quite awesome and beautiful situated just at the side of the mountain. The walk to the temple is worth every bit. Really a must visit place in Bhutan..Quite awesome
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