View of the last Shangri-la
Dochula-View of the last Shangri-la pass is over 3000 m altitude and lies on the way to Punakha from Thimphu. On clear sunny days, the pass is an ideal location from where one can enjoy the beautiful and breathtaking panoramic view of Himalayan snow capped mountains. The rich architectural design of 108 stupas or Druk Wangyal Chortens adds to the beauty.
The stupas were built by the eldest Queen Mother Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk to honor His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck and the dead who laid down lives during the war in 2003. On the crest of Dochula pass there is an important lhakhang (temple) and is a popular spiritual site for both local and tourists. The temples and stupas reflect a fine blend of history and mythology. The lhakhang appears to merge past and the future and tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distant future.
Besides the spirituality of the place many Bhutanese families visit the pass during holidays and weekends to simply enjoy the scenery of the place with their pack lunch and hot tea. For the tourist the place is an ideal location to capture beautiful pictures of Himalaya mountain range during clear warm days.