Dochula PassCurrently Open
- 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Dochula Pass
95% of people who visit Thimphu include Dochula Pass in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
66.87% of people start their Dochula Pass visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Dochula Pass
93.42% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Dochula Pass
Dochula Pass Trips
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Dochula Pass, Thimphu Reviews
We stopped here twice. 1st stop we were unlucky to view the mountain range. 2nd try was great opportunity to have viewed the mountain range. The 108 stupa is great relax place along with photo opportunity. The coffee/tea stop, worthy for drink/snack and toilet stop. The view from here is great. We had a tasty eclair with tea. The temperature has little wind chill factor.
Excellent place with Stupas. On the way to Punakha. Great views.
Very beautiful and maintained by the local auth. We visited this place today on 14oct 2018 while moving to Punakha from Thimphu. Must visit this place if u r in Thimphu.
Dochula Pass—a beautiful mountain pass, which is about 20 km from Thimphu is a concentration of 108 memorial stupas known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens.” It’s not just a place of historical and religious importance. A 50-minute drive on well-maintained roads from Thimphu takes you to Dochula Pass Often a violent history and dark times encourage people to create something inspiring and beautiful, and this is exactly what the people of Bhutan did. They created Dochula Pass, Bhutan in honor of 108 Bhutanese soldiers who died in a 2003 military operation. Do Chula is a popular tourist attraction that any traveler would want to witness on their journey through Bhutan. The best time to visit Dochula Pass, Bhutan is from September to February for picturesque and closer views of the snow-laden Himalayas. Connected with well maintained 2 lane road with lush green atmosphere. Dochula Pass altitude: 3,100m, 20 KM from Thimphu, connects Thimphu valley and Punakha valley. Dochula Pass weather & temperature: Cold winds. Minimum 2°C and maximum 8°C. Dochula Pass is one of the most beautiful passes in the world. Decorated with small chortens on lush green hillside, this place tells an interesting story of spirituality, bravery, and Bhutanese culture. One can witness the most splendid views of the snow-covered Himalayas from here. On a clear day the high mountain peaks including Masaganang (7,200m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Tsendagang (6,960 m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), and Terigang (7,060 m) can be seen from Dochula Pass in Bhutan.
Historic area. It's history is enough to grow inerest to visit Dochula Chorten. Dochula Pass—a beautiful mountain pass, which is about 20 km from Thimphu is a concentration of 108 memorial stupas known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens.” It’s not just a place of historical and religious importance, but also a popular tourist attraction that any traveler would want to witness on their journey through Bhutan. The best time to visit Dochula Pass, Bhutan is from September to February for picturesque and closer views of the snow-laden Himalayas.