Taktsang Monastery in Paro, Bhutan
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About Taktsang Monastery in Paro
Situated in western Bhutan, Paro Taktsang is perhaps the most significant Buddhist site in the country. The elaborate complex of this monastery, with red and golden peaks perches along a hanging cliff-side in the upper Paro valley, surrounded by the lushest of greens. Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, is believed to be the sacred ground where Guru Rinpoche commenced his first meditation in Bhutan. Inside the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave, Guru Rinpoche or Guru Padmasambhava meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours back in the 8th century, says the legend related to Paro Taktsang history. It is around this cave that the entire monastery was later built up in 1692 AD.
It is mostly for this myth that Taktsang Palphug Monastery is so well-known all over the country. Its other name is derived from the legend, which says that Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress, who was also his disciple in human form, to defeat a demon in this place. Not only is this so popular because of the spiritual significance, but also because of the natural beauty of the place.
The surroundings of Taktsang Paro offer a great opportunity for the adventure lovers to trek through some brilliant landscapes. The shrine has two more access points other than the southern path used by the devotees. The northern one through the rocky plateau called Hundred Thousand Fairies is the most frequented one. The Taktsang Monastery trek takes one through the most tranquil woods, where the silence is broken only by the crunching of leaves beneath the foot and the occasional waterfall. At the end of the trek lie the sacred monastery and the caves of Rinpoche’s arrival, residence and meditation. Inside Tiger Nest Monastery, there are dozens of statues of Bodhisattvas, Holy Scriptures, paintings, thangkas and other architectural pieces related to Vajrayana Buddhism.
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Trip to BhutanBhutan is a wonderful place. Full of nature, mountains, peace, pleasent weather. We visited Thimpu, Paro, Punakha and Phobhjika. Hotels at Punakha (Damchen Resort), Paro(Khamsum) were really good. Phuenthsolling(hotel Park was okay) and at Thimpu(Khamsum in) and Phobhjika (Wangchuk Lodge) were below average. Nothing much can be expected for hotels in Phobhjika since its a remote place. Driver provided(Wangchuk) was a great person, he helped us throughout the trip and the hospitality from him was really good. Services from KNG are good.They customized the trip according to our preference. All the arrangements by KNG were good except one. They didn't book hotel at Punakha and when we reached there we didn't have any booking. Thanks to the hotel they could give us a room which was their last available room. This is a basic expectations from a travel agent. Little checks on hotel booking must be done before the trip starts. Taking care of this basic thing would help. Buddha statue, Thimpu Punakha dzong and National suspension bridge. Dressing up in Bhutan costume at Paro.
Trip to BhutanWe had planned our Bhutan Trip through KNG Tours and Travels.Everything was well planned and within our budget.The KNG Driver, Karma is a great guy and cooperative to our needs.He kept us busy with all his information on Bhutan. Punakha Suspension Bridge visit with local Momo and Suja tea.The Punakha Zong is a MasterCraft and we took many photos.Chele la pass at Paro was full of snow and quite chilling.
Trip to BhutanOur driver Bikas had been truly superb throughout our visit. He guided us and took great care of us during and post-travel hours. We stayed at some of the excellent hotels that we could get. Thimphu - Peaceful resort (The snowfall a day before just made our day) Paro- Kuenphen resort Phuteshilong - Hotel Park (Not as great as the other two).
Trip to BhutanWhen I was initially planning the trip and negotiating with the Agent of Golden Vacation- Debendra..he said that don't worry sir your trip would go hassle free and just have confidence on us..at the start i dint believe but by the end of the trip thats how exactly the trip spanned out to be..really excellent organization of the trip..the hotels were good. The food was adequate in taste though not excellent..the driver -Sonam was awesome and he throughly made the trip enjoyable and safe. The Tiger's nest was planned to be visitedthe last so that we can customised to the local conditions of height and oxygen and thoroughly enjoy the scenic trek to the top. driver was very accommodating and did not persuade us to visit any particular restaurant for lunch and letters letters choose our own so that we enjoy the local dishes..and he acted as our guide too sometimes. the room at Paro was excellent with a view of tiger's nest right from our balcony. Overall the trip was very excellent organized and well enjoyed. of course no trip can be 100% perfect..so one issue which i can point out so that they can improve is the dinner Indian food provided.they was not that good at Punakha and Paro.. at Thimpu it was excellent Overall. I recommend Golden vacation for Bhutan trips..as they are very well organized and provide good accomodation and driver The 8 hour trip to Tiger's nest was the highlight-A must do
Trip to BhutanOn the whole very good experience. But hotel park was big disappointment for all the guests. They didn’t live up to the expectations like other 2 hotels Thimphu and Paro.
Trip to Bhutanhighly recommended.. we ran into some issues with our flight - Bhutan airlines due to bad weather but Avinash from Bhutan ventures was always available and happy to assist, even at 5 am. amazing team at Bhutan ventures and also our driver - Karo was super accommodating and nice. All in all - they covered all the locations for sightseeing in Thimphu, paro and punakha, the entire trip was amazing, the hotels could have been slightly better in Thimphu, however we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.. will highly recommended Bhutan ventures and would definitely travel with them next time.
Trip to BhutanHotel arrangements could have been better, basic facilities like electricity, cleanliness, hygiene was not there in Oyo Barsana Hotel, the other two hotels Yardroling in Thimphu was a good 3-star hotel, while the other hotel in Paro was average. Also the agent should have at least basic knowledge of the place their client is visiting to! Our agent (Kajal) informed about the weather conditions being pleasant at Bhutan, but after reaching there we realized it was very cold and thus we had to shop for woollen clothes which caused us additional expenses and which could have been avoided if we were informed to carry proper woollen clothes already.
Trip to BhutanDefinitely one of the best experience overall from the beginning of booking the trip, tickets, hotel arrangement, local sightseeing and driver. Would like to thanks Ranjeetha for her passionately helping and following up with the end to end arrangements. Our driver Ranjan in Paro was so humble, polite and warmth. Trying the local cuisines, tiger nest trekking and rafting
Trip to BhutanDriver was only dropping at places of interest but after done with by 2 p.m. he used to go away making us to remain confined to our room with no access to the other places/, restaurant for varied taste for our dinner. Haa was not accessible due snow set road. Agent should say before both driver & tourists what is included & excluded, as in our case the agent later told us we could have taken up the issue of driver service being unavailable.
Trip to BhutanIt was one of the best trips. Had an awesome time. Only we missed the guide part because of which we were not able to understand historical facts behind it. Driver was friendly but not proactive. Candle light dinner Suspension bridge Hot stone bath Trekking to taktsang.
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Bhutan government now charges a fee of 500 Ngultrum for the trek up to the Taktsang Monastery. Entry and touring the monastery is included in it.
Cars are not allowed after the base point. But those who have difficulty walking can take mules till the halfway point.
The best time to visit Taktsang Monastery is from March to May and again from September to mid-November. This is when the weather is at its best with clear skies and a pleasant temperature.
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