Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Paro, Bhutan
You will conclude your stay in Bhutan with a hike to the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery, situated in upper Paro Valley in Bhutan.
Tiger’s Nest is the most famous pilgrim site of Bhutan. What is spectacular about the location of Tiger’s Nest is that it literally clings to the rock at 900m above Paro Valley. According to legend, it is believed that Guru Rimpoche, the 8th century Spiritual Master, flew to Bhutan to the location where Tiger’s Nest is situated on the back of a tigress to meditate.
The hike up to Tiger’s Nest monastery takes around 2-3 hours. You will hike through a beautiful, shady pine forest, which ultimately leads up to Tiger’s Nest. Lunch will be served at Cafeteria Restaurant halfway up to Tiger’s Nest.
Take time to explore Tiger’s Nest before hiking back. Tiger’s Nest consists of 4 main temples and several dwellings. The architecture of Tiger’s Nest is shaped in the Buddhist style with white buildings and golden roofs. There are also 8 caves in Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Every morning, monks residing at Tiger’s Nest rotate the prayer wheel at 4 am to mark the beginning of a new day.