We did the hike to Tigers Nest with my 3 year old daughter on my back...Calling on the enduring spirit with a heavy backpack. I was quite excited and geared up for the hike!! this did not last long once we got to see where we are headed!! TAKTSHANG GOEMBA or TIGER'S NEST - most famous of Bhutan's monastries, miraculously perched on the side of a sheer cliff above the Paro valley. It is said that Guru Rinpoche flew to the monastery on the back of a Tigress!!The only way up is to walk or fly on the back of a magic Tiger (we had to walk as the Tiger is reserved for Tantric magicians)... The trail climbs thru Blue pines, then switchbacks steeply up the ridge where this sign exhorts you to "Walk to Guru's Glory".
We met quite a few porters on our way... Hats off to these folks!! they carry wood logs for the monastery renovations!!Met a guy whose name was Sonam (one of the most common names in Bhutan)... Hotel Management graduate from IHM Aurangabad,India, did his internship with Taj Group... he was carrying stuff (food etc) for his Monk uncle who is medidating some place in the hills even he doesnt know... Hope he found Old Monk ;)
This site has been recognised as a NEY or holy place...built in 1692. In 1998 a fire destroyed the main structure and almost all its contents. Reconstructed in 2000 at a cost of 130 million rupees.Once you reach the ridge, there are excellent views across the valley. To the Southwest is the area around Drukgyel, you can see the large school below the village and the Army camp above it.
The main trail brings you to a spectacular lookout at 3140 metres that puts you eyeball to eyeball with the monastery, which looks like it is growing out of the rocks. From this vantage point Taktshang seems almost close enough to touch.... But its not over yet ......From the vantage point it is on the far side of a deep chasm, about 150 meters away.
The trail descends to a waterfall and the Singye Phu Lhakhang (Snow Lion Cave), a meditation retreat jammed dramatically into a rock crevice. It's a great feeling when you finally reach there. A must visit while you are in Bhutan!!!