Taktsang Monastery located on the Cliffside of the Upper Paro valley, Bhutan is one of the most prominent and most breathtaking Buddhist sacred sites of the country. The position where it is located is very fascinating as it is built on the edge of a steep mountain, standing at an altitude of 10 200 feet. This stunning Taktsang Monastery is considered as one of the most holy places in Bhutan.
The name of the Monastery denotes to “tigers nest”. The naming of the temple has a very interesting legend behind it. That is the arrival of Guru Padmasambhava on a flying tiger and the defeating of the local demon. The Taktsang Monastery was built in 1692 around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava, the deity who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan, meditated in this cave for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours. Though reaching this temple feels terrifying there are several ways that lead to the monastery.
The structure of the temple itself is a marvel as it is built adapting to the rock and caves. The Taktsang Monastery has four main temples and residential shelters. The journey to the temple will be a breathtaking trekking experience for you. However if you are not used to walking on a mountain path the best option would be to take a horse or a mule.
While you enter this holy temple make sure you have the necessary permission that is required. The temple is open to the general public from 8 a.m. to 1p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. during October to March. While during the period of April to September, the temple is open until 6 p.m. Also remember that cameras are not allowed inside the monastery.
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