Taktsang Palphug Monastery
Open Time : 8:00 am to 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Entry : free
Address : Taktsang Palphug, Taktsang Trail, Paro, Bhutan
Website : http://www.parotaktsang.org/
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Why to visit Taktsang Palphug Monastery
This is the monastery whose photos have taken over Instagram. You've probably seen photographs of it on Instagram because it's one of Bhutan's most popular tourist destinations. Taktsang Palphung Monastery, often known as 'Tiger's Nest,' is one of Bhutan's most famous tourist destinations, attracting photographers, explorers, and pilgrims alike. Everything about the monastery is unique, from its location to its architecture. This monastery was built in 1692 on the site of a cave where Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated in the 7th century A.D. to subdue the demons that resided there. He pondered for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days, and 3 hours atop the back of a tigress (believed to be his wife).
The temple complex was built between 1692 and 1693. This monastery, located 3120 metres above sea level in Paro Valley, is a cultural symbol of Bhutan. This monastery is unique in that it is situated on top of a mountain 1200 metres above the Paro Valley, surrounded by natural beauty. This white building, capped with a golden roof, stands out against a backdrop of blue sky and lush green hills. This monastery's centuries-old mythology adds to its mystique. Only arduous mountain paths lead to Tiger's Nest, which is located in a remote place.
The Tsechu, a popular celebration in honour of Padmasambhava, takes place in the Paro valley sometime in March or April, and is the finest time to visit. Also, cameras, phones, and other electronic devices are not permitted on the grounds of Paro Taktsang monastery.
By Atharva Yeshwardhan