What can you expect:
Paro Taktsang, is a sacred Vajrayana Himalayan Buddhist site located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan. It is one of thirteen Tiger’s Nest caves in historical Tibet in which Padmasambhava practiced and taught Vajrayana.
This Tibetan Buddhist monastery ‘hangs’ seven hundred meters above the Paro valley against a rock. Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated here for more than three years. A canonized person who, according to tradition, introduced Buddhism to Bhutan. Sometime during March or April. there is a popular festival, known as the Tsechu, held in honor of Padmasambhava, is celebrated in the Paro valley.
The remaining way to the top of the cliff you have to go either on horseback or on foot.
There is a cafeteria in the middle of the way, where visitors can take a break. It is also an excellent place for taking photographs of the Taktsang. It takes around 2-3 hours to get to the monastery by foot.
If you decide to get a horse, it will cost you about $10 and you will be up at the monastery in an hour and a half, but the journey might be more pleasant.
It is not recommended to rent a horse on rainy days because of the sloppiness of the road. Be advised that the horse will only take you uphill, and you will have to get back down on foot.
For more information see the website below.
Tiger Nest entry fee is 500 Ngultrum for all non-Bhutanese visitors.
The Paru Taktsang is open every day from:
8 am until 1 pm
2 pm until 6 pm