Motithang Takin Preserve

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Motithang Takin Preserve, Thimphu Overview

The crown jewel of Thimphu, Motithang Takin Preserve is a protected area where the national animal of Bhutan, Takin, is preserved. A half an hour walk here would unveil many exotic birds and animals to you, who wander around the area freely and in the most natural of habitat. Overflowing with serenity, the wildlife here is exquisite and should be seen once.

Located in the Motithang district in Thimphu, the Royal Takin Preserve was originally a mini-zoo but later turned into a wildlife preserve. The king found it unfair to bind its national animals within definite boundaries and hence declared the area as a wildlife preserve, where the animals can roam around freely.

Motithang Takin Preserve
Entrance to the Motithang Takin Preserve (Source)

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The Takin

Takin was declared the national animal of Bhutan in 2005. The origin of Takin dates back to 15th century, when Drukpa Kunley, a Tibetan saint, mystically created an animal, whose head resembled that of a goat, and body of a cow. These animals were so tame that even on being released in the wild, they just roamed around the city streets in search of food, following which they were confined in a protected area. They are indigenous to mountainous regions, specifically the Himalayas and Western China.

Takin in Motithang Takin Preserve
Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan (Source)

Habitat of the Motithang Takin Preserve

Apart from Takin, mountain goats and deers also inhabit here. These distinct creatures live together harmoniously and feed on alpine meadows vegetation. To add beauty to this, the colourful birds called Himalayan Monals can also be spotted here. Their vibrant colours are enough to put anyone in a cheerful mood for the rest of the day.

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Takin in Motithang Takin Preserve (Source)

How To Reach Motithang Takin Preserve

A cab can be hired from any part of Thimphu to reach the Motithang Takin Preserve, located close to the Royal Botanical Garden.

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