Dochula Pass

Dochula Pass is the most picturesque among the high mountain passes of Bhutan is the one between the districts of Thimphu and Punakha. Her Majesty Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck commissioned the construction of 108 chortens at the location- all passes in Bhutan are blessed with stupas to protect the traveller. The Dochula Chortens are now an iconic feature of the location. A temple nearby commemorates Bhutan’s successful military operation against border insurgents in 2003- led by His Majesty the Fourth King himself. The story of the operation is as unique and special as anything else expected from this amazing country- a story of infinite bravery and compassion, and how a country waged an unwilling battle with enemies it did not wish to harm.

Dochula pass commands sweeping views of the highest of the Himalayan peaks- a photographer’s dream come true on clear days.

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