Dochula Pass


In 2004, Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck commissioned 108 chortens in Dochula, the pass between Thimphu and Punakha.

These chortens commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Indian insurgents hidden in Southern Bhutan in 2003. The 4th Druk Gyalpo, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, led the army.

Hundreds of prayer flags flap in the wind at Dochula, carrying positive merit on the breeze to all sentient beings. For centuries, people have travelled through this pass while making their way across the country.

On a clear day, the views from the top are astonishing. One can see many snow-covered 7000 meter peaks, including Gangkhar Phuensum, the world’s highest unclimbed mountain. Gasa Dzong also appears in the distance.