Taktshang Goemba is perched on the side of a cliff 800m (2,600 ft) above Paro valley. It is 2,950m (9,678 ft) above sea level.
Getting To Taktsang
It takes around 1 hour, 45 minutes to get to Taktshang walking or riding a horse. If the full hike is too tough, you can rest at the wooden teahouse restaurant or cafeteria after the first hour.
You can get horses, too if you mention it to your guide.
The trail takes you through blue-pines to a series of three water-powered wheels.
You will get breathtaking views of the Paro valley from here. After gaining an additional 300m from here, you will reach a small chorten and some prayer flags on the ridge. After another 30 minutes, you will reach a spring and basic monastery guesthouse.
There is a cave and plaque that marks the birthplace of a previous Je Khenpo following which a short walk further up brings you face to face with the monastery but it’s still 150m away on the far side of a deep valley.
The trail crosses a chapel of butter lamps and descends to a waterfall by the Singye Pelphu Lhakhang (Snow Lion Cave) that is associated with Guru Rinpoche’s consort, Yeshe Tsogyal.