Taktsang Palphug Monastery
Taktsang Palphug Monastery is also known as Tiger’s Nest, a sacred site built in 1692 in honor of Guru Padmasambhava.
Located at the Cliffside of Upper Paro in Bhutan is the site of Teschu, a popular festival in remembrance of Padmasambhava that is commemorated between the months of March and April. The ascent to the monastery is no easy task for the structure hangs precariously at a cliff at an elevation of 3,120 metres (10,240 feet). On the path leading to it, visitors can pass by a monastery at the village ground level and the Temple of Urgyan Tsemo located on a rocky plateau. Opposite this location is the Copper-Coloured Mountain Paradise of Padmasambhava — it is at this point where the visitors can relax and enjoy the scenery while taking their refreshments provided by the cafeteria. Taktsang Palphug Monastery was conceived as a place of meditation — a haven for souls seeking to experience peace and serenity in the heart of nature.
Taktsang Palphug Monastery is located at Taktsang Trail, Bhutan.
Opening Days and Hours
Opens daily from 8:00 to 13:00, and from 14:00 to 18:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance fee is BTN 550 (USD 8.50) per person.
How to Get There
- Fly to Paro via Bhutan Airlines and Druk Air.
- At Paro town centre, rent a car to Taktsang.
- Hike the rest of the way.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is 2 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit Taktsang Palphug Monastery is between 8:00 to 12:00.
Located midway in the hiking trail up to the monastery is the Taktsang Cafeteria, a restaurant serving purely vegetarian dishes.
- National Museum of Bhutan
- Kiyuchu Lhakhang
- Rinpung Dzong
Accommodations can be found all around Paro. Options include Tashiling Hotel, Sonam Trophel Hotel, Hotel Khamsum, Pelri Cottages and Hotel Tashi Phuntshok. Rates range from USD 65 to USD 250.