Dochula Chorten

FQR2+53F, Trashigang-Semtokha Highway, Hungtso, Bhutan
Buddhist temple

Dochula Chorten is a buddhist temple located in Hungtso, Bhutan. The average rating of this place is 4.70 out of 5 stars based on 776 reviews. The street address of this place is FQR2+53F, Trashigang-Semtokha Highway, Hungtso, Bhutan.

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5 Dorji Dukpa - a month ago

Dochula Pass is a beautiful mountain pass located between Thimphu and Punakha in Bhutan. Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, the eldest Queen Mother of Bhutan built 108 memorial chortens known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens” at Dochula Pass in honour of the fourth king, His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The chortens were built adjacent to the country’s first Royal Botanical Park. The Dochula Pass is a historical landmark built to honour the bravery and sacrifices of the fourth king and the soldiers who perished during the battle against Assamese insurgents in 2003. It particularly marks the victory of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck who dislodged the rebels from their camps (there were 30 camps) in Bhutanese territory from where they raided Indian territory of Assam. After the war, the King went back to Thimphu on 28 December 2003. Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck commanded for the 108 chortens to be built. The construction of the chortens was completed in mid-June 2004 and formally consecrated and sanctified with religious rites on 19–20 June 2004.

108 memorial chortens at Dochula Pass
The chortens were built in three layers; the first lowest layer has forty-five chortens, the second has thirty-six and the top layer has twenty-seven built around the main chorten. 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 ground in the centre, and symbolically offerings of grains and bronze utensils filled with butter were placed in the pit. At the next stage, as the height of chortens increased, images of Buddhist gods made of clay stuffed with papers inscribed with prayers were interred. Following that, which is considered the "vital stage", the fixing of the sokshing meaning "the life tree of the chorten" was erected. The sokshing, which is believed to provide a link between heaven and earth within a chorten, is in the form of a long square wooden pole made from a juniper tree made by an individual who has appropriate qualities from an astrological point of view. The pole was painted in red colour and inscribed with sacred hymns and banded with religious paraphernalia such as gilded images of gods, prayer bells, small clay stupas, and also precious stones and jewellery. The sokshing was then wrapped around by silk cloth and then fixed in the partly built chorten on an auspicious day. Breathtaking view from Dochula Pass
Dochula Pass is one of the main highlights for many tourists. You can never take a bad photo at the stunning Dochula Pass. In fact, if you are lucky, you can even see the Himalayan range in full view on a clear day from the mountain pass. Gangkar Puensem at 7,158 metres (23, 484 ft), the tallest unclimbed mountain in the world, can be seen from Dochula Pass.

If you are going to Punakha (the old capital) from the current capital of Bhutan, Thimphu, you’ll definitely pass through Dochula Pass. The pass was part of an ancient trail between Thimphu and Punakha, such as the Dochu La Nature Trail [1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi)] which begins at the Dochu La cafe and meets the present road at Lamperi, and the Lumitsawa Ancient Trail [4.7 kilometres (2.9 mi)] that connect the main road at Lumitsawa. Both trails are sections of the original route. What is the best time to visit Dochula Pass
The weather at the pass generally remains foggy and chilly. However, between October and February, panoramic views of the Bhutan Himalayas can be seen. The Dochula Pass remains beautiful in all seasons. Sometimes, you may even see snowfall at Dochula Pass and capture the chortens majestically covered in snow.

5 Abdul Awal Titu - 5 months ago

Visitors to Bhutan should never miss out visiting the Dochula Pass. It is a magnificent pass that cuts through the snow covered Himalayas on the road which connects Thimphu to Punakha. The pass is dotted with several memorable landmarks, one of the most famous of which is the Druk Wangyal Khang Zhang Chortens. The pass also enjoys an immense popularity with the tourists since it provides a 360 degree view of the Himalayas. On days when the weather is clear, the view is one that easily wins your heart.

5 Pema Thinley - 2 months ago

The Dochu La (Dochu Pass, la means pass in Dzongkha) is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimphu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother.Apart from the chortens there is a monastery called the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple), built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo (head of the state of Bhutan), Jigme Singye Wangchuck; the open grounds in its front yard is a venue for the annual Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival. The pass with 108 memorial chortens is adjacent to the country's first Royal Botanical Park.

4 Sonu Gupta - 11 months ago

108 stupas, very serene place. On a sunny day, one can see Himalayan ranges from here

5 Zakir Hossain - a year ago

Situated high in the mountain ranges Himalayas, is Bhutan. A small paradise, untouched by many. Famous for monasteries, temples, and fortresses, Bhutan is the largest living Buddhist kingdom to exists. A land where modernization has not ruined the culture and traditions. Truly a magical land measures its growth by happiness and not just money. The land of Bhutan is filled with breathtaking views and a salubrious climate. One such view is in the Dochula Pass.
Dochula pass is considered a historic landmark in the city of Thimphu. It is a mountain pass dedicated to the lives lost of soldiers in the 2003 war. The pass is also known as the ‘Druk Wangyal Chortens’ are 108 stupas each representing a soldier. The mountain pass is roughly about 20kms long between Thimphu and Punakha.

4 Kinga Wangchuk - a year ago

It's one of the most beautiful place in the country and must for tourists to visit if you are in bhutan. You will not only enjoy the view but also get opportunity to see some of the highest mountains in the country.

5 Raju Rai Bhutan - 3 months ago

One of the best places to visit while in Thimphu. Dochula pass offers 180 degrees views of the great Himalayas. The pass is dotted with beautifully made 108 stupas.

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