Motithang Takin Preserve, Thimphu

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#2 of 10 in Parks in Bhutan
Explore a wildlife reserve dedicated to protecting Bhutan's national animal at Motithang Takin Preserve. Initially a miniature zoo, the site now enjoys protection for environmental and spiritual reasons, letting docile takins roam free and expand in numbers in the surrounding forest. Go on a guided tour through the government-maintained area of 3.4 hectares (8.4 acres), which also contains a traditionally styled entrance, an information center, and lots of native greenery. Wear comfortable walking shoes in order to manage the many steep trails. Add Motithang Takin Preserve to your Thimphu travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Thimphu journey builder tool .
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  • Avoid this place if possible. Paying Rs 100 and seeing 2 to 3 animals is not worth. Waistage of time.  more »
  • A modest zoo - just a few animals mostly looking sleepy. They all had a good area to roam in. Short walk up an incline required.  more »
  • From the zoo point of view, not very great. But yes, it is probably the only place to see Takins, a rare national animal of Bhutan.  more »

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