Dochula Pass

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  • Address: 30km from Thimphu, Trashigang-Semtokha Highway, Hungtso, Bhutan
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Mountain, View Point, War Memorial

Dochula Pass - Review

The most well-known pass in Bhutan, Dochula Pass towers at a whopping 10, 000 feet above sea level and offers visitors a postcard-like panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks on clear, winter days. With a great cup of coffee to boot at the open-air restaurant, this pass is a great place to unwind at and very much worth the hairpin turns and adrenaline rushes that one inevitably goes through on the way up.

A mere 30km away from the capital, Thimphu, it is on the way to Punakha, and is a very popular stop-over point for locals and tourists alike. In addition to the breath-taking splendour of the Himalayas, the Druk Wangyal Chortens- the108 Buddhist stupas- built by the eldest Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, give it a profound spiritual context for many.

The 4th King, leading a volunteer army of 7,000, succeeded in warding off Assamese rebels from India and drove them out of the country in 2003. Contrary to popular demand of the structures being built to mark the victory, they were built instead in memory of the deceased soldiers.

Located at the crest of Dochula pass is also the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang temple, built in honour of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

Majestic and profound, the Dochula pass offers the beauty of the Himalayan range with a healthy dollop of spirituality and history.

Dochula Pass Information

  • Make sure you have a reliable and experienced driver as the drive up is quite treacherous and there are large parts of the road under construction.
  • You might face some shortage of oxygen because of the high altitude, so those suffering from asthma or respiratory disorders would do well to carry precautionary medical aid.
  • Walking around the stupas is a great way to explore Bhutan’s rich culture and stretch out your legs from the long roadtrip.
  • Photography enthusiasts – try and get there before sunrise to capture some of the most idyllic beauty nature has to offer.
  • A lot of visitors have made plans of going to Dochula pass but have been thrown off track by the fog, which is a perennial occurrence in this area.
  • A clear and sunny winter day is a promising one to attempt this trip, if you’re going for the view.
  • The Bhutanese Butter Tea at the restaurant is excellent and reinvigorating.

Restaurants Near Dochula Pass

  • Open-air restaurant at Dochula
  • Karma Coffee
  • Zest Bar & Lounge

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  • Dochula Pass Address: 30km from Thimphu, Trashigang-Semtokha Highway, Hungtso, Bhutan
  • Dochula Pass Timing: 24-hrs
  • Dochula Pass Price: Free
  • Time required to visit Dochula Pass: 02:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Dochula Pass

  • 95% of people who visit Thimphu include Dochula Pass in their plan

  • 77.26% of people start their Dochula Pass visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Dochula Pass

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

90.45% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Dochula Pass

People normally club together Taktsang Monastery and Chukha Hydropower Project while planning their visit to Dochula Pass.

People also prefer to start their day with Dochula Pass.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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  • What a place, we had been here when visibility was very poor,you feel like being in clouds. The feel of being here is just superb. Situated at height of about 10000ft. On way from Thimphu to Punakha. A cafe is here which serves snacks and coffee.

  • One of the passes of Bhutan located on the way between Thimpu and Paro. Located at a height of close to 10000 ft above sea level from where one can have panoramic view of Himalayan high mountains. Most of the times this place will be covered with fog spoiling the views. There is a cafeteria here which serves hot coffee and tea which will be really good for the cold climate. Also there are 108 tombs built in memory of soldiers who fight for Bhutan. Really a nicer place to visit.

  • The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother..... Apart from the chortens there is a monastery called the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple), built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo (head of the state of Bhutan), Jigme Singye Wangchuck;[2] the open grounds in its front yard is a venue for the annual Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival..... The pass with 108 memorial chortens is adjacent to the country's first Royal Botanical Park.

  • The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. Apart from the chortens there is a monastery called the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple), built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo(head of the state of Bhutan), Jigme Singye Wangchuck;  the open grounds in its front yard is a venue for the annual Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival. The pass with 108 memorial chortens is adjacent to the country's first Royal Botanical Park

  • A nice in Bhutan. It's like walking through clouds here

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