Motithang Takin Preserve, situated on the outskirts of Thimphu Valley is one of the protected areas of Bhutan. Mothitang is dedicated in preserving the takin the national animal of Bhutan. Flanked at an altitude of 2500mt, Motithang Takin Preserve is surrounded with dense forest of alpine trees and on a clear day offers a panoramic view of snow capped mountains.
Did you know? There is legend about takin, according to which, Drukpa Kunley, the Divine Madman of Bhutan created takin in 15th century by attaching the skull of a goat with the skeleton of a cow after the locals requested him to conjure a miracle.
Formally Motithang Takin Preserve was a mini-zoo but as it was against Buddhist teaching to confine animals in a place so all the animals were released in the wild. Later authorities saw takin were roaming in the city streets in search of food hence they established Mothitang Takin Preserve.
Being maintained by the forest official visitors should note that the entry fee of Motithang Takin Preserve. For locals the entry fee is 30Nu and for foreign nationals the entry fee is approx 100 Nu.
Except for Monday and some national holiday tourist can visit Motithang Takin Preserve anytime between 9am to 4pm from Tuesday to Sunday. Although, the best time to visit Motithang Takin Preserve, is considered between 9am to 11am. During this time Takin can be seen near the fence.
Visitor can either drive or hike their way to Motithang Takin Preserve from the main city of Thimphu Valley. From Thimphu it an approx 15 mins drive and 40mins hike to reach Motithang Takin Preserve.
Distance: The distance between Thimphu to Motithang Takin Preserve is 5 kilometers.