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Dochula Pass

Dochula Pass in Bhutan

Dochula Pass, situated along the Thimphu to Punakha road is a mountain pass of Bhutan. Perched at an altitude of 10,3001ft, Dochula Pass is the highest motorable point of Thimphu. Overlooking the snow-capped mountains, Dochula Pass is marked by the 108 memorial chortens or stupas.

Festooned with colourful prayer flags, Dochula Pass is considered as a historic and religious site in Thimphu. With the surreal vista of shimmering Mt Gangkhar Puensum looming over the enclosing Thimphu Valley, Dochula Pass has become one of the must visit places in Bhutan and a favoured sightseeing place in Thimphu.

Druk Wangyal Chorten

Established in 2005, the 108 memorial chortens also known as Druk Wangyal Chorten of Dochula Pass were built under the commandment of Queen Mother of Bhutan  Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck,  to commemorate the memory of the brave soldier who scarified their life in 2003. In December 2003 Bhutanese soldier were fought against Assamese insurgents. It also marks the victory of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

Dochula Wangyal Festival

Every year on 13th December a festival name The Dochula Druk Wangyal Tsechu (or Festival) is held at the ground located here. From 2011 this festival was started. Mainly this festival commemorates the victory of the Armed Forces in 2003 and the victory of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

Things to See in Dochula Pass

  • 108 memorial chorten of Dochula Pass
  • Druk Wangyal Monastery
  • The panoramic view of Mt. Gangkhar Puensum from Dochula Pass

Things to Do In Dochula Pass

  • Picnicking in Dochula Pass
  • Paying homage to the brave soldiers in the 108 memorial chorten
  • Mountain biking in the trail leading to Dochula Pass from Thimphu
  • Trekking in the forest enclosing Dochula Pass
  • Hiking to Druk Wangyal Monastery from Dochula Pass
  • Adorning the unique thangka and paintings depicting the impeccable blend of past and present in Druk Wangyal Monastery of Dochula Pass

Best Time to Visit Dochula Pass

April-June: During this time of the year, visitors can witness the view of valley enclosing Dochula Pass covered beneath the vibrant vista of blooming rhododendron.

July-September: During this time of the year, visitors can witness the astounding phenomenon of moisture-laden monsoon clouds descend from the heavens to the lower valley, especially early in the morning and late in the afternoons.

October-March: Winter season is the best time to visit Dochula Pass as during this time of the year, sky remains clear and it offers the unhindered view of snow capped mountain ranges looming over the scenic gorge and hills located adjacent to Dochula Pass.

How to Reach Dochula Pass

The most convenient way to reach Dochula Pass is by hiring a car from Thimphu. It is an overall 2hrs ride from Thimphu to Dochula Pass. If travellers are feeling adventurous they can also hike their way to Dochula Pass as the route leading to Dochula is reckoned for being one of the most pictorial roads in Bhutan. The distance between Thimphu to Dochula Pass is 30 km.

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