After that, The trail was easy and less monotonous. The bewitching scene of the Taktsang Monastery, under the clear sky, surrounded by mountains, worked as an elixir to me.
From the point, it was a short walk down a stone staircase. I crossed a bridge covered in prayer flags, and then made a slightly strenuous climb up to the monastery. There was a waterfall while crossing the bridge.
On reaching the Monastery, I submitted the mobile, camera and the bad to the security as Photography is prohibited in the Monastery. Then the Guide took our group on the tour of temples in the monastery. There are total 8 temples in the monastery. There were two must visit places in the monastery. One was the Tiger’s Cave. I entered the cave with the group, and believe me, the way to cave was moreover a task to accomplish. Second place was the Thumb Imprint point where you have to stand few feet away from the point and have to approach the point with your closed eyes while your thumb erected towards it. If you thumb touches the point, it is believed to be good luck for you and you would get honor to visit the shrine again. After spending an hour in the monastery, I descended towards the base point. It took me almost 1:30 minutes to reach the base point. As described earlier, there were shops selling souvenirs at the base point. I bought some souvenirs and took the taxi back to the hotel.
Each and every phase of the time spent while hiking was remarkable. The overall experience , awe-inspiring and breathtaking one, was the one that I can relish upon throughout my life.
Brief:- Spare your full day for the Tiger’s Nest. Don’t rush to cover other places on the same day.
As Tiger’s Nest is located 900 metres above the Paro valley, The only way to reach there is by Hiking. No vehicle can reach to the monastery. You can hire the horse to carry you most of the way there.
On an average, As Tiger’s Nest Trek takes 4 hours approx.. for the round trip, 1 hour in the monastery, and half an hour in Cafeteria on the mid way.
So if you start by 8 am for the trek, you would be back by 2 pm approx..
The hike starts at the bottom of the mountain, right at the car park. There will be people selling souvenirs and hiking poles and this is place to hire a horse if necessary.
There was no Ticket fee to Paro Taktsang till Apr’17 ; But from May’17 onwards , the ticket fee is 550 Nu(Bhutanese Nugltrum) to enter the Paro Taktsang monastery.
The scenic beauty is so alluring and ravishing. There is a spot where you can capture the photos after few minutes hike from Taktsang Cafeteria Point.
After your tour of the Tiger’s Nest, you will hike back the way you came. Make sure you get all the photos you want…this is something you will want to look back on forever.
There were two must visit points in the monastery. One is the Tiger’s Cave and other one is Thumb Imprint point. There is no other way to come back. The way to and fro the monastery is the same.