Located at an odd distance of 30km from the capital city Thimphu on the way towards central Bhutan is the famous mountain pass Dochula. The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas where 108 memorial chortens known as Druk Wangyal Chorten is built under the commandment of Her Majesty, the eldest Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. Along with the memorial chortens travelers can also find a monastery called Druk Wangyal Lhakhang, which was built in the honor of fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Overlooking the northeast territories of northern-eastern territories of Bhutan, the scenic beauty of Dochula Pass has ensnared the heart of travelers and localities making it a favored tourist destination.
Perched at an elevation of 3100mt the 108 memorial chortens of Dochula Pass were built in the memory of the Bhutanese soldiers who were killed in the 2003 battle against Indian rebels during the first ever operation “Operation all Clear” conducted by the Royal Bhutan Army. The innovative design of memorial chortens and monastery with the traditional Bhutanese touch shows the fine blend of past and future in Dochula Pass. The combination of future and past in Dochula Pass tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distant future. On a clear day, Dochula Pass offers a panoramic view of snow peaked Mt. Gangkhar Puensum along with the mountain range guarding the Tibetan Plateau which creates a visual treats for the visitors. Apart from relishing the serene ambiance and scenic beauty which Dochula Pass offers, if visitors have few minutes to spare they can admire the mural in the wall of Druk Wangyal Lhakhang. Visitors can see few of the paintings relating to the fourth king fighting Indian rebels in the forest, monks with laptop, and a Druk Air plane. The Bhutanese fusion of 15th and 21st century is quite astonishing and comical.
The fluttering of colorful prayer flags with the distinct sound of tinkling bells creates an ambiance of serenity which has mesmerized and bewitched the visitors traveling to Dochula Pass. Enjoying the surreal vista of mountainous fold and emerald green forest of cypress while learning about the sacred legacy of brave Bhutanese soldier, can be an experience of the life time. The tranquil ambiance and outwardly beauty has made Dochula Pass a must visit destination while traveling to Bhutan.
Most of the time the high altitude mountains pass is covered in fog but October and February are considered the best time to visit the Dochula Pass since visitors can catch an unhindered view of the mountains range surrounding the pass.