Tatsang monastery or Tiger's Nest, located on a nearly vertical cliff at 3000 meters above sea level is one of the most beautiful and mystical monasteries in Bhutan. The temple complex was built in 1692 around a local cave. The legend associated with this cave Guru Rinpoche - also known as the second Buddha, he brought Buddhism to Bhutan.
Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew to this site on a tigress’ back to subdue a local demon. Thereafter, he meditated here for three months.
Today the monastery is one of the most famous landmarks in Bhutan and is visited by many tourists despite the difficult climb. Getting to the monastery is really dificult - especially for those who do not have a flying tiger to reach the monastery. The two-hour journey begins at the bottom of the valley, which is also quite high - over 2300 meters altitude. The Tiger’s Nest is located on a cliff – 700 meters above the valley.
After a two-hour long and slow climb - it is advisable to climb slowly to allow your body to get used to the altitude – you’ll arrive at the entrance of the Tiger’s Nest. Here starts the climb of the 850 steps cut into the rock leading to the monastery. After you remove your shoes, you can enter the convent and explore the three temples located at different heights. The view revealing is truly stunning.
Remember that you are going downhill and back :)
Recommendations if you get the chance to visit the monastery:
•Be sure to bring a camera (you can use it along the way, but not in the monastery)
•Sunscreen will also be nice to have
•Take advantage of the toilets in the small cafe on the way
•For those of you who do not think they will be able to do the climb, you can hire a donkey, which will take you to the stairs. But the very steps remain for you.