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Motithang Takin Preserve in Bhutan – Travel Guide with All Details

Motithang Takin Preserve

Motithang Takin Preserve situated on the outskirts of Thimphu Valley is one of the protected areas of Bhutan. Nothing is dedicated to preserving the takin of the national animal of Bhutan. Flanked at an altitude of 8202 ft, Motithang Takin Preserve is surrounded by a dense forest of alpine trees and on a clear day offers a panoramic view of snow-capped mountains.

History and Interesting Facts

According to a legend, Takin was formed in the 15th century by Drukpa Kunley, the Divine Madman of Bhutan, after the locals asked him to perform a miracle. He did this by joining the head of a goat with the skeleton of a cow. As it was against Buddhist doctrine to keep animals in a cage, all of the animals at Motithang Takin Preserve were released into the wild. Later, when officials noticed that takin were wandering the streets of the city looking for food, they created Mothitang Takin Preserve.

Things You Can See

  • Takin and barking Deers grazing the land of Motithang Takin Preserve
  • The amazing trail through a valley dotted with rhododendron and pine trees
  • You can go to see other sightseeing attractions like Kuensal Phodrang, the Royal Botanical Garden of Serbithang, Simtokha Dzing, the National Textile Museum, Budhha Dordenma, Chery Monastery, Clock Tower Square, and more.

Activities You Can Enjoy

  • Picnicking in Motithang Takin Preserve is the most enjoyable thing to do.
  • You can trek to this Taking Preserve. The journey is undoubtedly going to be an adventurous one.
  • Observing Takin in its semi-natural habitat is undoubtedly a great activity to enjoy.

Timing and Entry Fee

Tourists can visit Motithang Takin Preserve any time between 9 am and 4 pm from Tuesday through Sunday, with the exception of Monday and various national holidays. Although it’s generally agreed that between 9 am and 11 am is the ideal time to visit Motithang Takin Preserve. Takin can be observed at this moment standing close to the fence. Maintained by the forest official visitors should note that the entry fee of Motithang Takin Preserve is as follows- For locals, the entry fee is 30Nu and for foreign nationals, the entry fee is approx 100 Nu. (Please keep in mind that the price is subject to change at any time).

How to Reach Motithang Takin Preserve

From the major city of Thimphu Valley, visitors can either drive or climb to Motithang Takin Preserve. Motithang Takin Preserve can be reached after a 40-minute hike and a 15-minute drive from Thimphu. Five kilometers separate from Thimphu from Motithang Takin Preserve.

Hotels and Homestays Nearby

There are various hotels and homestays available in Thimphu from budget to deluxe level. Bhutan Holidays is happy to provide Hotel booking assistance to tourists, travellers and visitors. To visit Motithang Takin Preserve Bhutan Holidays also offers a tailor-made package tour to stay at Thimphu at an affordable price. Don’t wait; we are just one call distance away.

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