A famous Bhutan landmark located at about 3,100 metres (10,200 feet) above sea level, Dochula Pass in Bhutan is not only a snow-covered mountain road that connects Thimpu and Punakha but a place that offers breathtaking views to visitors.
Every February, the perpetual fog that covers the entire pass dissipates to reveal the most photogenic vistas — freshly green-coloured cypress trees that blanket the slope of the pass is reinvigorating, even just for a momentary rendezvous. At the directive of the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo WongChuck, 108 memorial chortens or stupas were constructed in honor of the 108 fallen Bhutanese soldiers who fought against insurgents from India in 2003. Within the vicinity of Dochula Pass also lies the “Druk Wangcal Lhaklang” temple. Going by Dochula Pass is not just passing through but an orientation to the country’s history, culture, and religion.
Dochula Pass is located in Thimpu, Bhutan.
Opening Days and Hours
Dochula Pass is open daily, 24 hours.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Tours around Bhutan, which makes a stop at Dochula Pass, costs USD 230 daily, per person.
How to Get There
- Fly to Bhutan via Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines.
- From the airport, take a taxi to Thimphu.
- At Thimphu, book a tour. Tours often provide transportation.
- If traveling DIY, you can take the taxi.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is 3 to 4 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit Dochula Pass is during February when the pass isn’t covered with too much fog.
Along Dochula Pass is a little cafeteria serving meals and drinks. Look for Dochula Pass Resort Restaurant.
- Paro Taktsang
- Rinpung Dzong
- Drukgyal Dzong
At Thimphu, you can find various accommodations ranging from budget to luxurious. Options include Kisa, Hotel Migmar, Hotel Phuntsho Pelri, Hotel Admohara, Bhutan Suites, Namgay Heritage Hotel, Hotel Galingkha, and Hotel Riverview. Rates range from USD 70 to USD 250.