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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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  • October 5, 2017
    its very beautiful and mysterious when the clouds float by. It will get cold up there so bring a jacket along. We were hopeful to see the himalayas from here but our guide says you can only see it in ...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    It's absolutely amazing and breathtaking. No words can do justice. This I saw even though we were not lucky to have a clear weather / skies which offcourse is rare.  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    This beautiful place is at the top of a pass. There is a restaurant, shop and all the beautiful stupas. A lovely place to stop on a road journey in Bhutan.  more »

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