Royal Takin Preserve

Price Range

10 - 299.91




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.



Interesting Legend

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.



  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Monday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Thursday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Friday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Saturday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm

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.


How to Reach

  • By Taxi : Motithang Takin Preserve is close to the Royal Botanical Garden. You can hire a taxi or cab from Thimphu to reach Motithang Takin Preserve. From Thimphu, it is 15 minutes drive and 40 minutes hike to reach Motithang Takin Preserve. It is 5 kilometers off Thimphu city. You can reserve a taxi from Paro International Airport to drop you off at Moththang Takin Preserve Center. The distance is around 51 kilometers.
  • By Air : You can fly to Bhutan from Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore, and Mumbai airports. Drukair and Bhutan Airlines operate for Bhutan.
  • By Road : You can travel into the Kingdom through land border crossings in India like Phuentsholing, Gelephu, and Samdrup Jongkhar. However, a local tour operator is supposed to make all travel arrangements.


Ticket Pricing

  • Foreign visitors : 300 Nu (299.91 INR)
  • Bhutanese Visitors : 50 Nu (49.98 INR)
  • Students : 10 Nu (10.00 INR)

Things to Do

  • Observing Takin in its semi-natural habitat
  • Trekking
  • Picnicking in Motithang Takin Preserve



Things to see in Motithang

  • The fantastic trail through a valley dotted with rhododendron and pine trees.
  • See Tekin and barking deers grazing the land.



Royal Takin Preserve, Motithang, Bhutan

Rating & Reviews

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Ruben Chheda
Ruben Chheda
02/29/2020 14:20
One must visit and see the environment in which the endangered national animal It’s quite and experience the information displayed and I have experienced the aggression of Takin hitting the net head on Although fees of NGLT 300 is on higher side but same must be used to conserve this animal Evening time is good to visit and you will have lot of opportunity for photographs One can sit quite and relax in natural green environment
Ronnie Saikia
Ronnie Saikia
02/22/2020 14:50
A perfect way to capture endangered species as photographers are allowed to click pictures of the wilds from a close proximity. This preserve is most suitable for the wildlife enthusiast. Takin looks like a mishmash of goat and cow. Motithang Takin Preserve is a wildlife reserve to preserve takin, the national animal of Bhutan.
Shloka Mehta
Shloka Mehta
02/15/2020 01:40
It is not a very large zoo or wildlife reserve. However it is worth checking out the national animal of Bhutan the Takin. The mythological Buddhist story behind the creation of this animal is very interesting and one must ask their guide about it
Kanupriya Bajpai
Kanupriya Bajpai
03/17/2020 00:50
Takin is the National Animal of Bhutan. The reserve is very strict with it's timings. You have to walk a bit to reach the view point from where you can see the animals. It doesn't take much time. If you have time in Thimphu then you can spare some 15 mins for this.
Rinku kumar
Rinku kumar
12/30/2019 18:16
Nice clean and well maintained but I believe 300 ngulterum tickets price is bit high. They could commercialize it more. And for the better they can add more animals although I love the fact that they let their animals in open areas. Although this is not a family place for fun.

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International tourist visas-- USD 40. It is paid in advance to your tour operator or travel agent. Indians, Bangladeshi, and people from the Maldives may obtain a visa on entry, and they do not have to incur any cost.
Between late May to late June is the best season to visit Royal Takin Preserve Thimphu for a warm climate. Morning hours are good to visit because the probability of spotting Takin is high during this time.
Bhutanese cuisines are spicy, and Chillies are essential in every dish. Bhutanese people enjoy spicy meals only. Rice is the staple Bhutanese diet along with meat or vegetables. Pork, beef, and chicken are also served. Indian and western food is also available in most of the restaurants around the country.
As per government regulation, you can book travel to Bhutan with a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or one of their international partners.
Royal Takin Preserve also houses hooved mammals, Sambar deer, goral, muntjac, & a pair of Himalayan serow.
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