Le Méridien Thimphu
Chorten Lam, P.O. Box 01286 · Thimphu · Bhutan  · Phone:
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A Takin in an alert pose at the Takin Reserve
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Takin Preserve

The Takin Preserve, located in the Motithang district of Thimphu, is a wildlife reserve area for the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Native to Bhutan, India, and China, the Takin are docile creatures whose unique appearance attract special attention. Local legends attribute the creation of these animals in Bhutan by a 15th century saint name Drukpa Kunley, popularly known as the Divine Madman.

While originally a mini-zoo, the area was converted into a 8.4 acre preserve when it was discovered that the animals refrained from inhabiting the surrounding forest area, even when set free. A popular stop with tourists and locals alike, the preserve also houses a few native deers of Bhutan, including the barking dear and sambar. 

Location  :  Thimphu Dzongkhag
Distance from the hotel 
 : 4.8 km
Commute Time from the hotel  : 12 minutes by car
Best Months to Visit  : Year Round