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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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  • Docula pass is very chilly and cold in Dec. Bring your winter jacket, gloves and even beanie up here. A must to take photos of the 108 Stupas and the mountain ranges! We were also truly lucky that... 
    Docula pass is very chilly and cold in Dec. Bring your winter jacket, gloves and even beanie up here. A must to take photos of the 108 Stupas and the mountain ranges! We were also truly lucky that...  more »
  • Dochula pass is a scenic mountain pass adorned with a temple atop a hill and 108 miniature stupa's in between the East West highway in Bhutan. From here you can see several round the year snowclad... 
    Dochula pass is a scenic mountain pass adorned with a temple atop a hill and 108 miniature stupa's in between the East West highway in Bhutan. From here you can see several round the year snowclad...  more »
  • Stop at Dochula Pass to visit the 108 stupas built in honour of the fallen Bhutanese soldiers. Views of the Himalayan that will never be forgotten, wish I had a better camera. 
    Stop at Dochula Pass to visit the 108 stupas built in honour of the fallen Bhutanese soldiers. Views of the Himalayan that will never be forgotten, wish I had a better camera.  more »
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  • A scenic mountain pass adorned with temple up the hill. It is the spot to get the best panoramic view of the gorgeous Himalayas. This place is rich with history where 108 memorial chortens or stupa has been built by the eldest Queen mother.
  • Beautiful Scenic view of snow covered Mountains on the way to Punakha from Thimphu.. Perched at an altitude of 3100mt, Dochula Pass is the highest motorable point of Thimphu. Dochula Pass is marked by the 108 memorial chortens, with open views of mountain ranges. A must visit spot on your trip for some amazing views. Just remember to maintain the sanctity of this place, and respect local sentiments as this Bhutan's highly memorable area.
  • Dochula pass is located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu. The pass is a popular location among tourists as it offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass. Bhutanese families enjoy visiting the pass during holidays and weekends to picnic and simply enjoy the scenery. It is common to see families and groups of friends seated amongst the chortens, enjoying a packed lunch and hot tea. For tourists this is an ideal location to capture beautiful pictures of the Himalayan mountain range during clear, warm days. Samll cafeteria is there where you can enjoy hot lunch/snacks . This is free entry location.
  • A beautiful and scenic historical place to stop on your travel between Thimphu and Punakha or Wangdue districts. One of the best breath-taking spots in Thimphu to experience snowfall and wintry beauty. There are 108 stupas signifying the 108 pieces in Buddhist rosary. Circumambulate to gain merits and shed-off your past sins. Tourists stop here for picturesque Himalayan mountain views, experience meditation like Milarepa and then of course attend Druk Wangyel Tshechu.
  • Dochula Pass is a beautiful mountain pass located between Thimphu and Punakha in Bhutan. Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, the eldest Queen Mother of Bhutan built 108 memorial chortens known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens” at Dochula Pass in honour of the fourth king, His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

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