Paro Taktsang: An Ultimate Traveler’s Guide To Trek And Explore The Tiger’s Nest Temple Of Bhutan


The gateway to the last Himalayan kingdom, Paro is a small town in Bhutan located on the banks of the Paro (or Pa). Apart from being blessed with its simplicity and wonderful views of nature, the city also harbors ancient monasteries. Amidst these architectural treasures, Paro Takhtsang Monastery It is known for its incredible location and spectacular beauty. Scroll down and know all about this ancient monastery situated on the Himalayan rock.

About Takhtsang Palaphug Buddhist Monastery

About Takhtsang Palaphug Buddhist Monastery


Taktsang Palphug Buddhist Monastery is the most revered site in Bhutan. Perched on a rock at an altitude of 3120 meters above sea level, this ancient monastery is a gem of the Paro Valley. Located about 10 kilometers north of Paro town, it takes a 2-3 hour trek through beautiful, shady pine forests to reach the cave.

Reflecting sophisticated Buddhist architecture, the monastery complex is adorned with white buildings and golden roofs. Paro Takhtsang Monastery consists of 4 main temples which are connected by stairs built into the rock.

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Things to see in Paro Takhtsang

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  • The grand prayer hall inside the Paro Takhtsang Monastery houses the huge statue of Guru Padmasambhava.
  • The ancient cave of Takhtsang Monastery where Guru Padmasambhava meditated for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours.
  • And finally, a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains towering over the Paro valley.

Trekking to Paro Takhtsang

Paro Takhtsang Trek is the most favorite and adventure in Paro, Bhutan. Travelers come from different corners of the world to explore the picturesque route of the monastery. Walking through dense forests surrounded by rhododendron and blue pine trees, one can see prayer flags amidst the shade of trees. On reaching the monastery, the breathtaking view of the Paro valley and the peace that fills the air makes the arduous journey worthwhile.

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Paro Takhtsang Trek Route

Tips for Paro Taktsang Visit

Tips for Paro Taktsang Visit
  • A traveler must have a standard permit to enter Taktsang Monastery. Plan your tour itinerary a few months in advance, so the tour guide can arrange permits.
  • Things like cameras, phones and other electronic items are not allowed inside the premises of Paro Takhtsang Monastery. Strict checks are carried out at the entrance to the holy shrine and travelers are also asked to remove shoes and button up their coats to show respect.
  • During a Bhutan tour, Takhtsang Monastery is always the last attraction after visiting Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and other destinations in central Bhutan. This helps travelers acclimatize to the higher altitude and become more prepared for the trek to the monastery.
  • For travelers who are planning to ride a horse while trekking towards the monastery, it is important to inform the guide in advance. This will make it easier to book a horse during the trip, but will only take you on the first stretch of road. After this you will have to travel on foot to the monastery.
  • Photography is strictly prohibited inside the monastery, thus one can capture the beautiful surroundings of Paro Takhtsang.
  • There are easily accessible toilets along the way, except for the cafeteria located near the monastery. There is a toilet inside the monastery which can be used by paying a nominal fee.

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