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10 Joyful Things to Do Near Dochula Pass For an Enthralling Experience

The local people of Bhutan created Dochula Pass in honor of 108 Bhutanese soldiers who died in a 2003 military operation.

Dochula Pass

‘Highest motorable point of Thimphu’

Perched at an elevation of 3,100m, Dochula Pass is an eye-catching mountain pass, which is about 20 km from Thimphu. It 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 spot that attracts numerous visitors who want to witness the natural beauty on their journey through Bhutan. Make your honeymoon more unique by planning a trip to Bhutan with the best Bhutan honeymoon packages.

How to reach Dochula Pass?

The best way to reach Dochula pass is to hire a car or rent a cab from Thimphu. It takes approx 2hrs to reach Dochula Pass from Thimphu.

Things to do near Dochula Pass that give you an unlimited fun

Dochula Pass is one of the iconic tourist destinations in Thimphu. There many more things to see near Dochula Pass

1. Clock Tower Square

Clock Tower Square Thimphu
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‘Adorned with Cafes, shops and restaurants’

It is considered one of the most happening places to visit near Dochula Pass. This square gets its name for housing a big & beautiful clock tower. Clock Tower square has 4 faces which are endowed with the carvings of traditional dragon and flower.

Highlights

Distance from Dochula pass: 11.1km

Things to see: Water fountain, Prayer wheels

Things to do: Tasting the Bhutanese cuisines and enjoy the cultural performances.

Opening Hours- 9 am to 8 pm

2. Choki Traditional Art School

Choki Traditional Art School
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‘Preserves the cultural heritage of Bhutan’

It is one of the famous learning institutes that draws attention to the visitors for preserving the traditions of Bhutan. The main objective of this institute is to provide education for those children who could not continue their formal education due to financial problem.

Highlights

Distance from Dochula pass: 11.7km

Things to see: Paintings & drawings made by students.

Things to do: Buy the handicrafts goods from the school.

3. National Library and Archives of Bhutan:

National Library and Archives of Bhutan
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‘Hub of old & new books’

Your Dochula Pass tour will definitely be incomplete without visiting the National Library and Archives of Bhutan. It houses a national collection of Bhutanese materials with the aim to provide national and international resources of information in the near future.

Highlights

Distance from Dochula pass: 11.6 km

Things to see: Variety of books on Bhutan’s tradition

Opening hours: 9 am to 5 pm

4. National Folk Heritage Museum:

National Library and Archives of Bhutan
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‘Holds ethnic values of Bhutanese culture’

If you want to learn about the indigenous and rustic lifestyle of Bhutanese traditions, then you should not skip this place. Inaugurated by Queen Ashi Dorji Wangchuk, National Folk Heritage Museum is one of the most favored sightseeing places near Dochula Pass.

Highlights

Distance from Dochula pass: 11.1km

Things to see: 3-storied building, Leopard Skin bags, and Brokpa Yak- hair hat

Things to do: Learning about the traditional farming method.

Opening hours: 9 am to 5 pm

5. Changlimithang Stadium & Archery Ground:

Changlimithang Stadium & Archery Ground
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‘A spot to enjoy exciting activities’

Want to experience something different? Then come to this place near Dochula Pass. Here you might catch the occasional Football match. And, the next door archery ground will give you the much more fun.

Highlights

Distance from Dochula pass: 11km

Things to see: Enjoy Football matches and an archery match.

Things to do: Join them to get an experience of archery show.

6. Memorial Chorten:

‘A religious landmarks in Thimphu’

With tranquil ambiance and mesmerizing white-washed walls, Memorial Chorten allures many tourists from all over the world. This huge structure was built to commemorate the memory of 3rd k king. Moreover, here, you will get an insight into both dark and peaceful Buddhist philosophy.

Highlights

Distance from Dochula pass: 11.4km

Things to see: Monument of Tantric Buddhism

Things to do: Spinning the prayer wheels

Opening hours: 6 am to 6 pm

7. Simtokha Dzong:

‘Palace of Secret Mantras’

It is a quaint fortress-like monastery that you should not miss while in Thimphu. Simtokha Dzong is s single & oldest structure in Bhutan, which still remain as its exact structure. Here, you can explore the skill of craftsman who designed the architecture of this fort very uniquely.

Highlights

Distance from Dochula pass: 9.8km

Things to see: Prayer wheels, Tiger tails, Gun

Things to do: Spinning the prayer wheels

8. Royal Botanical Park:

Royal Botanical Park
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‘Showcasing the rich flora’

Founded by Royal Government in 1999, Royal Botanical Park is an ideal place for honeymooners. It offers an enchanting view of a verdant ecology of Bhutan as well as a wide variety of rich flora.

Highlights

Distance from Dochula pass: 1.9 km

Things to see: Orchid house, Rhododendron trees, Rosegarden, Japanese garden

Things to do: Hiking, Learning about the vast collection of Himalayan flora

9. Buddha Dordenma:

‘Entry point to Thimphu Valley’

Located atop a hill in Nature Park, the huge statue of Shakyamuni measures at a height of 51.5 m, making it is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and gold.

Highlights

Distance from Dochula pass: 11.6 km

Things to see: Different types of statues with variable height

Opening Hours: 9 am to 5 pm

10. Changangkha Lhakhang:

‘A Temple with surreal beauty’

Along with offering picturesque vistas to Thimphu Valley, Changangkha Lhakhang is home of the statue of Zabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, a famous king of Bhutan. There are 3 parts in Changangkha Lhakhang

  • 1st part is dedicated to those who devoted their lives to learn the Buddhist teachings.
  • 2nd part includes a sanctum with the remains of Guru Rinpoche.
  • 3rd part is a meditation hall for monks.

Highlights

Distance from Dochula pass: 12km

Things to see: Prayer wheels & Tibetan textbook

Things to do: Meditating with monks and getting an insight of Buddhist philosophy

Opening hours: 6 am to 6 am

Still wondering? Don’t be! Just pack your bag and get ready for a memorable Bhutan honeymoon trip with your better half.

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