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Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)

Taktsang Trail, Paro, Bhutan
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Paro
Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: As this fantastic and very special monastry is a steep climb up the hill (900 meters), it is advised to visit it at the end of your stay in Bhutan... more »
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is a temple of great religious and historical significance to the Bhutanese. However, to reach the temple, it is a challenging climb for those who are not so energetic or healthy (although locals bearing heavy bags of offerings can complete the hike in a hour or so!). There are horses that take you up about 60% of the hike... More

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Thimphu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Taktshang is the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the floor of Paro valley where the only sounds are the murmurs of the wind and the chanting of monks. The name means ‘Tiger’s nest”, it was named because Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I Came here in July 2014. It took me about 3 hours plus to reach the temple. It was tiring but i enjoyed the hike a lot. The challenges were on the distance, the hundreds steps (at the last portion of the trip) and the heat. I strongly encourage everyone to give it a try if can. 1. Start early... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This was one of the main sights we wanted to visit during our time in Bhutan, but my partner suffered a knee injury and was unable to complete the (at sometimes tough/gruelling) uphill and downhill trek to the monastery, altitude also plays a part in the toughness of the walk. The location is spectacular and is only rivalled by the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It is a hard climb up, but so worth the journey. The climb up (to the second view point) on average takes three hours, however I amazingly did it in just an hour. This truly impressed my guide (and his fellow guides when he told them). We started early so by the time we got to the first view point,... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We walked up half the distance and really enjoyed the tracking. We thoroughly enjoyed the natural beauty.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I climbed to this monastery last Friday. It is a tough walk up slopes and up and down steps. Even when you get to the monastery you have to climb more steps to see the monks! It is a great achievement and the scenery is breathtaking. You can also light a candle. Be prepared for the way back as this... More

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Thimphu, Bhutan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Probably the best-known landmark of Bhutan, this Monastery is sacred and simply beautiful. The view of the Paro Valley below is breath-taking and the architecture of the monastery on a steep cliff is mind-boggling. Many describe the hike and the view as a spiritual experience. Definitely the number one place to see in Bhutan :)

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Kathmandu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

No doubt Taktsang Monastery is a must visit in Bhutan. Several have already expounded on this. I want to stress a fee things. You must wear full length trousers (jeans are fine) and full sleeve upper wear. You may wear half sleeve shirt or T shirt, but with collar. I wasn't aware of this and was turned back by the... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

No one should even consider a trip to Bhutan without visiting the Tiger's Nest monastery. Nothing reflects Bhutan quite like this iconic spot. Unless you're a real couch potato, don't believe all the reviews below that say that it requires such a mighty feat to reach the top... nor does it take all day. If you're reasonably fit, you will... More

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