16 Dec 2014 | From Jigme of Bhutan
Bhutan, officially Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas. The land consists mostly of steep and high mountains crisscrossed by a network of swift rivers, which form deep valleys before draining into the Indian plains. Nicknamed as 'The Land of Thunder dragon', Bhutan is surrounded by beautiful mountains and passes. Being in the Himalayan zone Bhutan has the most beautiful mountains in Jumolhari , Jichu drakay and Kula Gangir which lies in the Northen Part and bordered to China.
The most well known pass in Bhutan, Dochula, is located about 30 km away from the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Passes ('La' in the Bhutanese language) are linkages which connect the valleys of Bhutan. Dochula is around 3150 meter from sea level and it's mostly covered with white clouds, where on a clear day you can see spectacular view of the mighty Himalayas mountain ranges. Dochula was commissioned by the eldest Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, to honour the victory of the Bhutanese soldiers who were killed when fighting the Indian rebels in 2003. The pass is also popular spiritual destination for both locals and tourists because an important temple is located on the crest of Dochula pass. For tourists this is ideal location to capture beautiful pictures of Himalayan mountain range during clear, warm days.