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Dochula Pass in Bhutan
Written by Buvaneshwari Gopinath on May 26, 2020 Share on

Dochula Pass – Enchanting gateway to heaven in Bhutan

Situated high in the mountain ranges Himalayas, is Bhutan. A small paradise, untouched by many. Famous for monasteries, temples, and fortresses, Bhutan is the largest living Buddhist kingdom to exists. A land where modernization has not ruined the culture and traditions. Truly a magical land measures its growth by happiness and not just money. The land of Bhutan is filled with breathtaking views and a salubrious climate. One such view is in the Dochula Pass.

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Dochula pass is considered a historic landmark in the city of Thimphu. It is a mountain pass dedicated to the lives lost of soldiers in the 2003 war. The pass is also known as the ‘Druk Wangyal Chortens’ are 108 stupas each representing a soldier. The mountain pass is roughly about 20kms long between Thimphu and Punakha.

Why visit Dochula pass?

1. Picture perfect

Bhutan is a land with amazing landscapes. Any picture taken at the pass is definitely Instagram worthy. The beautiful backdrop of the Himalayas makes one drop their jaw in awe. Raise your Instagram game by posting pictures taken from here.

2. A historical landmark

The people of Bhutan value traditions and culture. The place has 108 stupas dedicate to the soldiers they lost in the war during 2003. The stupas are decorated with flags and green grasses surrounding them. This landmark symbolizes the bravery of the soldiers and the sacrifices made by each to protect their land.

3. Chilling weather

Situated approximately 3100 meters above sea level, the temperature up there sure gets chilly. Everyone loves snow, as you climb up, you can notice the change in temperature and feel the soft snowfall upon you. Visit the mountain pass to see the place covered with white snow making it a beauty to admire.

108 stupas in Dochula Pass
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4. Druk Wangyal Lhakhang

Visit the Buddha temple located right opposite to the stupas. The place is filled with modern paintings of Buddha and the royal family. The design and architecture of the temple are built in traditional Bhutan style. There is also a festival held here annually here to celebrate the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

5. Panoramic view of the mountain range

Being up in the mountain gives you a beautiful view of the city. In Dochula pass, you can view not just the city but a few ranges of the Himalayas. Witness the snow-covered Himalayas and the neighbouring peaks and click amazing pictures with you in the centre.


  • Carry a winter jacket along as the temperature fluctuates.
  • Carry water along to keep you dehydrated at all times.
  • Have a picnic to while away some time with family.

How to reach Dochula Pass?

Get your hiking shoes on, walk your way up top for about 30kms to reach the pass. Not much into walking or hiking, not a problem. You can alternatively rent a cab. The drive, through the car, will be approximately 2 hours long but the roads are truly scenic making you enjoy the drive.

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