Taktshang Monastery hangs on a precarious cliff at 3,120 metres (10,240 ft), about 900 metres (3,000 ft) above the Paro Valley, on the right side of the Paro Chu.
Taktshang means tiger’s nest. Guru Padmasambhava, in the 8th century, is said to have flown on to this site on back of tigress from Singye Dzong, Lhuntse. He then meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, and three days. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country.
An alternative legend holds that Yeshey Tshogyel transformed herself into a tigress and carried the Guru on her back from Tibet to the present location.
Out of Many eminent figures, Langchen Pelkyi Singye, Mila Repa, Pha Dampa Sangye and Thangtong Gyelpo were some who visited and meditated there.
It was Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel’s wish to build a temple on site. His wish was only fulfilled When Tenzin Rabgye, the fourth Desi, built a temple devoted to Guru Padmasambhava in 1692.
In 1998, a fire broke out in the main building of the monastery. Restoration works were immediately undertaken at by the Royal under the guidance His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck.