The Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang Palphug monastery is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and sacred Buddhist site located near Paro. Taktsang Palphug Monastery also famously known as Paro Taktsang Monastery. This temple is one of the most holy sites in the kingdom and clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the Paro Valley.
Visiting the Tiger’s Nest is an unforgettable experience thanks to its unique location and the views of surrounding majestic mountains and emerald green valleys. The beauty of the place holds an extraordinary significance and for this reason, people on quickest tours to Bhutan manage to make a visit to the popular Tiger’s Nest Temple.
A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for Four Months 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. It 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.
An alternative legend holds that a former wife of an emperor, known as Yeshe Tsogyal, willingly became a disciple of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambahva) in Tibet. She transformed herself into a tigress and carried the Guru on her back from Tibet to the present location of the Taktsang in Bhutan. In one of the caves here, the Guru then performed meditation and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) and the place became holy. Subsequently, the place came to be known as the “Tiger’s Nest”
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How to Reach Tiger’s Nest -Taktsang Monastery
The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is found 10 miles north of Paro (20 minutes via vehicle), making Paro the ideal base when making this visit. Because of its position , the only way to get to the monastery is by climbing. There are no vehicles that make the drive up to the monastery. For the individuals who can’t climb the whole way, you can hire a pony to cover half of the way there.
The visit to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery takes an entire day. By and large, it takes somewhere in the range of four and five hours to do the full circle climb, in addition to one more hour to visit the religious community. Numerous individuals additionally eat in the cafeteria not a long way from the monastery. Plan on leaving Paro around 8 am and back by around 3 pm. Start your arrival venture from the Tigers Nest most recent by 3.00 p.m. The sun sets at 5.30 p.m. what’s more, the excursion gets problematic after that. Monastery is closed between 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. also, photography isn’t allowed inside.