Hike up to Taktsang Monastery

Taktsang Monastery, the Tiger’s Nest, is perched on a steep cliff in Bhutan. The trail to the monastery at the altitude of more than 3,000 meters in Paro district is exhausting. A long flight of stairs connects to the main part of the monastery. Taktsang means a “Tiger Lair”. The hike lends itself to gorgeous views of the fields in the Paro Valley. Colorful irises’ blooms adorn nearby mountains. Built in traditional architecture style of Bhutan, the monastery is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche who meditated here in a cave. During about three hours hike, an integral part of a Bhutanese Itinerary, you will gain altitude of over 700 meters. Meditation sessions are hosted in a nearby campsite. You can also hire a horse. The monastery was damaged by fire in 1998, but it has been restored. The well-maintained broad trail starts from Ramthangkha, about ten kilometers from Paro town.