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Dochula Pass, Thimphu

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Take in the panoramic view of the snow-covered Himalayan mountains at Dochula Pass. Located at an elevation of 3,100 m (10,200 ft), the pass includes many interesting attractions, including 108 memorial chortens or stupas, a botanical park popular for its rhododendron garden, and a monastery. The entire site rests surrounded by cypress tree forests, while colorful inscribed Buddhist flags, representing natural forces, decorate the hill slopes, bringing prosperity and peace to the nation. Sometimes the weather can get foggy and chilly, so wear warm clothing and check the forecast if you want the clearest vista. To visit Dochula Pass on your trip to Thimphu, use our Thimphu driving holiday planner .
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  • There isn't a photo that captures the magic of this amazing place. See all stupas with the Himalayas in the background is priceless.
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  • One of the highest points in Bhutan (10,200 ft), it’s about one hour drive from Thimphu towards Punakha. 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" were built here as a memorial ...  more »
  • Dochula Pass has amazing breathtaking veiw of mountains,scenic beauty. It's a tribute to the soldiers. There is a small buddist temple too down the road.There is a cafeteria, one can enjoy hot cinnamo...  more »

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