Dochula Pass is one of the greatest sightseeing places in Thimphu. The journey from Thimphu to Punakha en routes via Dochula Pass which is a high mountain pass situated 3,100 meters above sea level.
It is located about 23 kilometers from Thimphu and the beginning of the drive passes via Simtokha Dzong and the road ascends to a good view of Simtokha Dzong before passing the village of Hongtsho and reaching Dochula Pass.
Dochula Pass is marked by a magnificent cluster of 108 Chortens (stupas) known as the Druk Wangyal Chorten. Besides the amazing setting festooned with hundreds of colorful prayer flags, you will be able to see some of the great Himalayan peaks framed by the lazuline sky.
If skies are clear, the high Himalayan peaks towards the northeast will be revealed in all their glory. On a clear day, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendegang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Zongaphugang (7,060m) a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana, and finally, Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.
Enjoy a cup of hot coffee at the Dochula cafeteria while admiring the amazing view of the snow-capped peaks.
The Druk Wangyal Lhakhang is located next to the Druk Wangyal Chorten.