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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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  • What is not to like here? A modern temple, 108 chortens neatly arranged, a fine cafeteria to enjoy a tea whilst admiring the view. And then there’s the view itself. Spectacular. One of the highlights ...  more »
  • As the weather was excellent we could view all the snow clad peaks of Himalayas what a sight! breathtaking , sheer grandeur made us feel humble in front of gigantic snowclad mountains. The cafe was go...  more »
  • This is really serene and tranquil place... Really beautiful.. It was really very cold and chilly winds...we enjoyed got coffee along with pastry with our group tour...nice cafeteria and good view of ...  more »

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