On your way from Punakha to Thimphu, or vice versa, you would come across one of the highest motorable passes in the world known as the Dochula Pass. Seated at an astounding height of 3,100m, you can also find the 108 memorial chortens or the ‘Druk Wangyal Chortens’ that were built to commemorate the 108 martyred Bhutanese soldiers. These chortens were built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother of Bhutan.
Attaining a lofty height, Dochula Pass serves as a befitting Bhutanese attraction to enjoy the panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks and other fascinating peaks around Bhutan. The mighty Himalayas lies towards its east. Mt. Masanggang (7,158m) can also be seen from Dochula Pass.
Dochula Pass is also one of the most visited attractions among the locals. They usually throng this site during their weekends. Day picnic, sightseeing, and day-outing are some of the most common activities that locals indulge in here.
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