Dochula Pass In Thimphu
Dochula Mountain Pass is situated between Thimphu and Punakha and En Route to Punakha, and stands at an altitude of 3,150 meters. One a Clear day, from this Pass you will see the beautiful Himalayan Mountain Range with the Tibetan Plateau and the highest mountain peak of Bhutan the “Gangkhar Phuensum”.
A few decades ago, the Dochula Pass was a very misty and densely forested mountain pass. Then, Her Royal Highness the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck simultaneously built the 108 beautiful stupas, named them “Druk Wangyal Chortens”, and built the magnificent Temple “Druk Wangyal Lhakhang “.
These monuments were built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother after the fourth King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck returned safely from successfully flushing out the Militants from the Bhutanese soil.
Presently the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (Temple) holds a very Gigantic butter lamp made purely from gold and is one of the highlights in this temple. This butter lamp is called the “Eternal Flame of Gratitude” and has been lit at the Dochula Temple to commemorate the 60th Birth Anniversary of the 4th King of Bhutan.This lamp will stay burning till eternity.
The Dochula Pass grounds now have many beautiful man made caves that have been built in natural surroundings and can be used for meditation and prayers.
There are 3 Cafes where you could have tea and snacks or even a meal.
Annually,despite the freezing cold in December at such an altitude, there is the Druk Wangyal Festival which is held in the fields below the main temple.This festival is graced by their Highness and Highnesses members of the Royal Family of Bhutan and the Public too.
To Visit this event Please book your Bhutan Tour a few months in advance.
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