On a very pleasantly cold morning in the month of May we left from Thimpu to Punakha, we stopped over at Dochula pass for a few hours. A very popular stopover for tourists, Dochula is a high mountain pass at 10,000 ft. The pass is cold, windy and brings in a sense of tranquility.
The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow-covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens” have been built.
Dochula is mesmerizingly beautiful. The waves of the mountains, the fog and sun rays playing hide and seek paints the landscape in hues.
At an elevation of 3,100 meters (10,200 ft), Dochula offers a 360-degree view of the snow clad mountain peaks of the Himalayas. Unfortunately for us, even after waiting for hours at Dochula, the fog didn’t clear up and we just couldn’t witness the full glory of the Himalayas. A few years back, I would have been highly disappointed about traveling thousands of kilometers and not being able to tick off the view of Dochula from the travel list. But it’s not the case anymore, I no longer have a checklist. The miles covered has been a great teacher, the dust on my shoes has taught acceptance, to be happy in limited means and not to romanticize unnecessarily. The clear skies, fresh air, far spread green canopy and the blooming yellow flowers made up for a pristine landscape and left no room for discontent to crawl in.
Gross National Happiness Index 🙂
The age of running wild amongst flowering trees, the age of sparkling eyes, of being delightfully chaotic, of dragons and castles and magical wands.
Seemed the playfulness was infectious
It’s quite chilly up at the pass.
Us and Them
With stillness in our heads and serenity in our hearts, we headed out of Dochula and started our descent to Punakha. Next post will be the pictures from the Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan
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