Tiger's Nest Monastery
Taktsang Monastery (3,200m), an iconic landmark and national treasure, Taktsang (“Tiger’s Nest”) is perched spectacularly on a rocky ledge above Paro valley. Its foundation was laid in the 8th century when 2nd Buddha, Guru Padma Sambhava, meditated here after he had flown from Kurtoe valley on the back of a tigress.
The Taktsang Monastery hike, one of the most sacred of pilgrimages in the Himalayas, can be a tough climb - but most abilities will be able to cope if it is taken at a steady pace. Although those accustomed to the altitude might take 2 hours to climb to the temple, allow a full day for the excursion and stop regularly including for coffee on the way up and for lunch on the return leg. You will be able to go at your own pace and if you prefer to stop at the cafe or view point a little higher up, that is fine. Walking through oak, rhododendrons and trees draped in lychen, it is a rewarding and photogenic hike.