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The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in Thinphu on the way to Wangdi and Punakha. The pass is located at an elevation of 3,100 metres. The pass is mentioned repeatedly in history, songs and poems for its scenic beauty and abundance of rhododendrons and other flowers.

Doculha Pass

It was a customary for officials, monks and travelers alike to take a short break while crossing the pass in olden days. Gangkar Punsum, the tallest mountain peak in Bhutan and majestic Gasa Dzong are seen from the pass.

108 stupas at Dochula

Terton Drukdra Dorji, a treasure discovere of the 18th Century, lived at Lungchutse, a few metres above Dochula. There, he had foreseen and documented the future of Bhutan. One of prophecies he left, was the birth of His Majesty the Fourth King.

Gangkhar Puensum, viewed from Dochula Pass

108 stupas, known as Druk Wangyel Choeten, was built on the pass as memorial in honor of the Bhutanese soldiers who were killed in the December 2003 battle against Assamese insurgents. And it marks the victory of His Majesty the Fourth King who led his small military machine and expelled heavily armed insurgents.

Druk Wangyel Temple

Druk Wanggyel Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the victory of His Majesty the Fourth King was built opposite the stupas. It was also to celebrate 100 years of monarchy in Bhutan.

Mask dance of the Druk Wangyel Tshechu

A special Druk Wangyel Tshechu, to commemorate victory of His Majesty the Fourth King and the Armed Forces, was established in 2011 and held annually. It is the only tshechu to honor figure other than Guru Padmasambhava. Dances of tshechu were composed by Dasho Karma Ura.

Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck

Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck was the patron for construction of 108 stupas and a temple, and for the establishment of tshechu of Dochula.    

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