Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
A visit to Tiger’s Nest Monastery is one of the absolute highlights of any tour of Bhutan. It is said that Guru Ringpoche (Padmasambhava) landed there on the back of a flying tigress bringing Buddhism from Tibet to Bhutan. We suggest doing the walk as early as you can, as the sun can get quite strong. The walk up takes about two hours, and there is a half-way viewpoint where you can sit back and see the monastery up above you. The route takes you through the forest, and contains a number of switch-backs. There are a few benches along the way where you can have a sit-down and catch your breath. Its best to take it nice and steady as you cover the 900 metre ascent. Continue up to the second view point where you get the best pictures. You then drop down on steps around the cliff-edge and up to the Monastery which is certainly worth visiting. It is then just 45 minutes to walk back down. For those who want an even better experience, continue going higher where you find further temples that most people don’t include, and this can be combined with a walk along the ridge-line and down to Drukgyel Dzong meaning you don’t have to walk down the same path you came up.