Words can’t describe the experience of seeing the Tiger’s Nest near Paro in Bhutan. OK that’s a lie. Here are some words that describe it: Stunning, mesmerizing, literally breathtaking.
You face an extensive uphill hike to get to the Paro Taktsang temple complex. On the day we climbed it was raining and very muddy. But it was worth every squishy step. It can be steep and a moderately challenging climb at times. This is not for people with limited mobility.
While I went on foot, my wife opted for a horseback ride, which is supposed to take you to a midway point.
But at one point along the steep muddy track, the horse kind of said, “This is for the birds, you people are crazy” and my wife had to dismount and join me on foot for the rest of the climb. I guess even normally surefooted horses have a limit in how safely they can climb a muddy, rutted path.
There’s a little restaurant near the top of the main climbing peak that offers a beautiful view of the temple. We chose not to eat there and I think it offered vegetarian-only meals.
So my advice is to wear good hiking shoes or boots, take your time, carry some water, and take advantage of the horses if you can.
If you have made the distance to travel to Bhutan, this is a single last challenge to meet … and well worth it. Bhutan is a wondrous country to visit, from its idyllic mountain vistas, to its odd Bhutan penis art, to its beautiful traditions and temples.