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Royal Takin Preserve, the crown jewel of Thimphu, is located in the Motithang district of Thimphu. It is a protected area in Bhutan for Takin. It came into being to preserve Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Dense forests of alpine trees surround this area and offer a panoramic view of snowy mountains.
You will get to see many exotic birds and animals in the most natural habitat. Deers and mountain goats also inhabit here and feed on alpine meadows vegetation. Himalayan Monals can also be spotted here. Its vibrant colors will turn you in a cheerful mood for the rest of the day.
Taking is strange muskox looking creature, which looks like a mishmash of cows and goats. It is a rare type of goat-antelope in the Eastern Himalayas. Its four subspecies live in high altitudes of Bhutan, Northeast India, Northwest Myanmar, and the Chines section of the Himalayas.
The animals' protracted noses, large heads, sturdy torsos, and distinctive look are the outcome of convergent evolution. Taxonomists, biologists, and zoologists keenly study the creature. Though it resembles muskox, it is genetically similar to sheep.
The migratory behavior of Takin is a remarkable feature. It moves to higher pastures in the summer and descends to altitudes below the 2000 meters during winters. Takin migrates twice a year in herds of tens.
Migration is one of the remarkable features of this animal. The Takin will ascend to higher pastures up to 4000 m high in the summer. However, it will spend winters in altitudes below the 2000 m, migrating twice a year in herds of tens. Alpine forests are the grazing ground for Takin.
Initially, Motithang Takin Preserve was a mini-zoo. Buddhism forbids the confinement of animals, so all the animals were released in the wild. Takin started roaming in the city area searching for food, so local authorities established Motithang Takin Preserve to provide shelter to the capital city’s four-legged residents. Now, 8.4 acres of carefully managed forest is the home of Takin.
The Bhutanese authorities are very particular about the health and wellbeing of the Takin because it is regarded as the national animal of Bhutan.
As the legend goes that Drukpa Kunley, the divine madman of Bhutan, conjured a miracle and created Takin in the 15th century by attaching a skeleton of a cow with the skull of a goat. He is believed to slap the head of a goat atop a cow’s skeleton and brought this animal alive.
All through the year, the temperature at this place regularly varies from -2°C to 21°C. It is hardly beneath -5°C or above 23°C.
The warm season is from May to September, with an average high temperature above 19°C. During cold weather from December to February, the average high temperature stays beneath 12°C.
At Thimphu in Bhutan, the wet or rainy season is cloudy and pleasant for the most part, and the dry season is fresh and bright.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.