Since day 1 of the trip I was waiting for Tigers nest trek which finally is gonna be this day. We reached the base by 8am and I was excited looking up to the nest so high perched on a cliff and covered in trees. We bought sticks at the base and started our hike.Its a medium trek covering 4 miles up and down. Most of the hike is uphill and the ground is covered with rocks.
First one hour we climbed huffing and puffing but the stunning views kept us going. We could see old people and kids hiking the trail whom we took as inspiration and pushed our lazy selves to move. We stopped at many spots to enjoy the beautiful views (also to take pictures ofcourse),also you will find small waterfalls along the way.
We reached cafetria in 2 hrs which is half way of the trail , everything over there is super expensive. From cafetria the rest of the trail is mostly flat with few steps in the end of the trail. Soon after we started from cafetria we found a place where we can drink water coming from the mountains. The water is cold, refreshing and tasty, you should definitely try it. We met a couple and their 3-4 year old daughter looking at whom we had our parenting lessons 😛
After one and half hr from cafeteria we finally reached tigers nest which is at 1700 feet elevation. Padmasambhava who is called second Buddha took refugee from Tibet arrived Paro on a tigress and this became his home, hence the name tigers nest. Photography is not allowed inside the nest. You can 2-3 homes on the hill where monks and few people who work there live. A guide will accompany you inside the nest showing the temples. It took half an hr inside the nest and then we started our trek back to the base.
Do carry few chocolates and snacks with you as u would definitely require energy boost. The trek down hill is easy and we reached the base in 2 hrs. At the base you can find shops to buy souvenirs and handicrafts, this place has pretty decent prices compared to all the others we had been to in Paro and Thimpu.
This is the highlight of our trip and a trip to Bhutan is not complete without visiting Tigers nest.