Length: 2.6 miles (one way)
Starting Elevation: 8,525 feet
Max Elevation: 10,232 feet
Taktsang (commonly known as Tiger's Nest) is one of the most sacred sites in Bhutan and a place you must visit when you visit Bhutan. It is also one of the most challenging monasteries to get to. Located at an elevation of over 10,000 feet, Taktsang is the birthplace of Bhutanese Buddhism.
Guru Rinpoche flew here from Tibet on the back of a tigress which was the manifestation of his divine consort Yeshe Tsogyal. Taktsang is perched on a cliff 2,000 feet above the Paro Valley You can reach the Tiger's Nest by walking or by horseback and while it is a challenging trek, you gain merit with every step. The view of Paro Valley from the monastery is worth the climb in and of itself.
PARKING LOT TO TEA HOUSE
Length: 1.3 miles
Hiking Time: 45 Minutes
Elevation Gain: 973 feet
Tea House Elevation: 9,498 feet
The hike starts with a gentle forest climb among prayer flags. After passing a creek and water powered prayer wheels the trail starts getting steeper.
Way back visit the ancient ruin of Drukgyel Dzong, considered as the most beautiful and famous archaeological sites in Bhutan, is situated on a ridge in the upper Paro valley. Since its construction in 1649, Drukgyel Dzong had been served as an important base for defense in the region until 1951 when it was destroyed by fire. Even after the destruction, the ruins of the Dzong continued to be protected as an important monument linking people of Bhutan with the great events that contributed in maintaining sovereignty of the country