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“What no takin! ”

Motithang Takin Preserve
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US$ 615.00*
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Ranked #29 of 65 things to do in Thimphu
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We visited the Takin reserve after a short drive from Thimphu. The reserve is set on a quiet and steep road 10-15minutes drive. It is on a relatively steep hillside and the Takin are almost an exclusive animal apart from the native deer of which there were 3-4. Tragically our guide told us that the Takin has suffered an inexplicable disease outbreak last year and 17 had died. Only 12 remain and they are shrouded behind thick green wiring with only 1 tiny hole for photographers about half way up the walk.

It was good to see the takin in a natural state and well looked after, but very difficult to view them and also see any other nature of Bhutan. Disappointed overall as there was no information about the species to read and no guidance other than our personal guide.

Thank Neal O
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Home to Bhutan’s national animal, the takin. It also has other animals like deer. The Takin Reserve park is most visited tourist hotspot.
Nice place to visit. Just few minutes drive from thimphu city.

Thank GurgoomTravels
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Be prepared to walk a lot, but, you won't be disappointed. The taking is a truly unique animal, something between a cow & a goat. They are protected in the middle of the preserve with a walking trail that goes along the periphery.

I wasn't inclined to walk; so i stayed put on the left side. To my delight, the taking started descending towards where I was standing because, apparently, it was their feeding area & time.

Without moving a muscle, I saw about 30 of these unique animals. They are gentle, & not great in the looks department, but they are unique & a cause of pride for Bhutan. Please don't tease the animals or make any loud noises.

Thank prpa
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Only worth visiting if you are curious to see this unique animal. I am glad we did as I knew nothing about it before arriving in Bhutan and can now understand the Bhutanese pride in this national icon.

Thank MarkMcG1956
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

It’s a long walk up the hill to you a few Takin. Chances are you will not be able to see them close up. Photographing them also is very difficult through a tightly weaved fence. I don’t feel seeing them is worth the time or effort.

Thank Manuel B
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