Dochula Pass

Dochula Pass is on the way to Punakha from Thimpu. Its located about 30 kms from Thimpu and the drive itself is an experience.

Dochula offers tourists a panaromic view of the Himalayas and also of the Punakha valley on a clear day. But what catches ones eye as soon as we reach this area are the 108 stupas called the Druk Wangyal Chortens- built by the eldest Queen Mother Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk.These chortens were built as a tribute to the king for his selfless service to the nation and its people. The chortens are surrounded by lush greenery and a number of prayer flags that add to the aura of the place.

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This place is thronged by both locals and tourists. During most days one can find locals who come here to pray and circumambulate the 108 stupas a minimum of 3 times in order to ward of f evil spirits and also to protect their families.

There is also a famous temple opposite the stupas.

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