The Motithang Takin Preserve

Tour The Motithang Takin Preserve

Bhutan
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Felix Lorenzo
Motithang Takin Preserve
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Bhutan

Nestled in the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu, the Motithang Takin Preserve offers a unique glimpse into the world of one of the most elusive and peculiar animals, the Takin. Often described as a creature that looks like a mix between a goat and a cow, the Takin is Bhutan's national animal, symbolizing religious history and mythology.

One legend says that the Takin was created by a Tibetan saint named Drukpa Kunley, known as the Divine Madman, who is said to have joined the head of a goat and the body of a cow to create this unique creature. Today, the Takin stands as a symbol of the country's rich religious and mystical traditions.

Visiting the preserve, one can see these gentle behemoths roaming in their natural habitat, amid a serene setting of lush greenery. While the Takin is undoubtedly the main attraction, the preserve is also home to other high-altitude species, some of which are native to the eastern Himalayas. The dense temperate forests surrounding the area host a variety of flora, some of which are endemic to the region, and are a treat for botany enthusiasts.

Besides admiring the Takins, visitors can trek along the designated trails within the preserve, taking in panoramic views of the verdant Thimphu Valley. The preserve offers a peaceful escape from the bustle of the city and is a window into the country's commitment to conservation and its profound connection with nature.

In essence, a visit to the Motithang Takin Preserve is not just about spotting an unusual animal; it's an experience that blends wildlife, nature, and cultural storytelling, creating an unforgettable memory for any traveller.

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Geeky Facts about The Motithang Takin Preserve

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The preserve protects Takins, the national animal of Bhutan

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The preserve covers an area of 8.4 acres of forest land

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Alpine meadows cover a considerable part of the preserve

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