Dochula Pass

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Thimphu, Bhutan

Dochula Pass Thimphu Reviews

Vikram Vikram
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108 stupas, and there's always a whole lot of jumping to do! Dec 02, 2016
108 stupas! You heard that right! It's like a Buddhist dream come true on a highway as one tailgates out of Thimphu into the interior regions of the country.

The Druk Wangyal Khang Zhang Chortens are red-band or khangzang chortens, 108 in number, built in a central hillock at the pass, under the patronage of the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchu and are seen as stupas or chortens of victory. The construction of these chortens was done as per religiously ordained ritualistic procedures. As the height of the chortens attained 1m, a pit was excavated in the centre, and symbolically offerings of grains and bronze utensil filled with butter were placed in the pit.

The temple atop was built as a memorial to celebrate 100 years of monarchy in Bhutan. From Wiki: Paintings on themes of Bhutanese history decorate the walls of the temple. Some of the murals are cartoonish. A few of the paintings relate to the fourth king fighting Indian rebels in the forest, monks with laptop, and a Druk Air plane. It appears like a "Bhutanese fusion of the 21st and 15th centuries"

What surprised me is that these aren't from the 8th or 9th century or anything, but very very recent. They were built in 2005. That said, they do seem to have a certain old world charm.

One can walk around the stupas, and at the top there are some amazing views on a clear sunny day to various peaks of the Himalayas.

A cafe across the road provides ample tea, snacks and of course, the toilet.

My first sighting of the stupas as…
The red and gold band stupas
The red and gold band stupas
The red and gold band stupas - thi…
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Ils1976 says:
seems like an amazing place!
Posted on: Feb 17, 2017
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