Dochula Pass

Address: Trashigang-Semtokha Highway, Hungtso, Bhutan

On the pass from Thimphu, the present capital, to Punakha, the former capital, you can see 108 white stupas with golden tops on the top of a mountain. They, overlooking the Himalayas, are the silent guards of this crucial passage.

These 108 stupas were built in memory of Bhutanese soldiers sacrificed in the 2003 military incident against insurgents from North India. The smaller stupas blanket the mountain top surrounding the main one in three layers. Prayers can be found in each little stupa. Standing in close proximity to the stupas is the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple). It was built in honour of the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck and to celebrate 100 years of monarchy in Bhutan. Apart from paintings on themes of Bhutanese history, you can also see some murals depicting modern life, such as monks with laptops and a Drukair airplane, decorating the walls of the temple. They are some interesting works to look at.