After an early breakfast, you will proceed for an excursion to the famous place called Taktshang Monastery or Tiger Nest (5hrs to 6 hrs hike (up and down). Taktsang Lhakhang or the Tiger's Nest is the most famous Buddhist pilgrimage site and temple complex in Bhutan. Visible from afar, this stunning and highly revered monastery is perched on a high granite cliff at an altitude of 10,236 ft., overlooking the northern Paro valley.The people who will not able to visit Tiger Nest, we have some other places to visit:
Paro Taktsang: Remember the setting for Bruce Wayne’s ninja training in Batman Begins? Well.. yes! This is where a young Bruce turns into our favourite superhero! There is a lot I would like to share about this place. More on this can be found here.To Eat:Champaca Cafe: Located in the heart of the town, this place offered us some delicious pasta and cold shakes. The cafe provides the perfect ambience for writing at the end of a long day.Brioche Cafe: The chocolate pastries served here are to kill for!Take Away Cafe: This place deserves a special mention as it happens to be the only place where we went back for a second meal. The chowmein served here is great. But a must-try would be the mouth-watering beef momos.To Stay:Hotel K K: Extremely polite and friendly staff.. clean and spacious rooms.. the luxury of home-cooked meals. Yes, if one is looking for a budget hotel in the heart of the city, I would highly recommend this. The bathtub in my room was the icing on the cake! A special thanks to the owner Kinley, who was kind enough to help me carry my backpack upto the room. I don’t know what it was. The cold, misty weather.. the delight of seeing cars stopping without a whimper just to let a pedestrian cross the road.. mystifying penises (Phallus) on the walls.. the small rustic towns.. or the extremely simple and unassuming people here.. Towards the end of the sojourn, I knew there was something about this place that I would soon be coming back for! If you liked this post, be sure to check out : 12 Things You Must Know About Bhutan Before You Book Your Tickets This trip was originally published on 'Medium'.
Tiger Nest Monastery or the Taktsang Monastery as it is locally called was the main destination of our whole trip. A successful rendezvous of the world renowned monastery among the misty mountains would have kind off decided the success or failure of our whole journey. Bhutan did not disappoint us.
We started early to reach the point from Paro where we had to leave our car and start a 2 hour journey on foot. From there, started our trek through some amazing views of the surrounding low lying areas, lovely wood, lots of travelers. We could see the monastery multiple times from below while we were climbing up- clinged to the mountain, between the mists, high up as if it was some mysterious destination we have been travelling to reach for ever.
Taktshang Monastery a.ka. Tiger’s Nest Monastery, is undoubtedly Bhutan’s most famous monastery. Aberrantly hanged on the edge of a 1000m cliff in the Paro Valley, it makes an impressive sight. The temple was built in 1692, around the cave where Guru Rinpoche said to have meditated for three years in the 8th century.