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.
Cost Bifurcation :-
From Hotel To Taxi Base Point:- 500 Nu
Ticket to enter Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest :- 500 Nu
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.
Keys to have the Best Experience and Making Your Tiger’s Nest Trek Memorable
1. Best season to visit:- The best season is from October to December as the weather is clear and cool. The Spring is also the right time to visit. The weather starts getting heat up till it reaches May and from June to September, there is monsoon season.
2. Capturing the Memories by reaching early in the morning:- I would recommend to start early for the trek as the best photography would be the midday and even getting here early helps you in avoiding the crowd.
3. Don’t procrastinate it to the last day:- As You know , Bhutan is spread in Mountains sometimes the weather amaze you such as rains or winds can be barrier for your trek. So , planning on the last day would be cumbersome. TO be safe, So leave an extra day at the end of this trip.
4. Don’t go to trek on the very first day:- If you are planning for a stay for 3 days or more, Try not to go to this trek on the very first day. As it’s 18kms. To and fro trek, The trek can cause tiredness or body ache resulting into tiredness for the other Incredible tour of Bhutan.
5. What to Bring:- Bring water, chocolates, few snacks.There is a cafe located half-way up the trail but do not stop at it on the way up. If you want to beat the crowds bring a snack and some water to keep moving. There are benches to rest along the way.
6. What to Carry:- Carry small Trek bag along with you as it would be filled with Raincoat and the things mentioned above.
7. What to Wear:- I would suggest to do the trek with Track pants and T-shirts as these apparels would make you feel comfortable.
8. How fit do you need to be to do this hike? Anyone of average fitness can complete this hike. Take your time, it is not a race. You may want to bring hiking poles to help out your knees on the descent.
Don’t points while entering the Monastery
1. You are not allowed to enter the shrine in shorts. Your legs must be covered.
2. Taking photographs in the Monastery is prohibited.