Thimphu, Dochula excursion–Drive to Paro, Bhutan
After breakfast, visit Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory of Bhutan, which produces paper using traditional Bhutanese methods. The paper products at the factory are made from Daphne and Mulberry plant bark. There is a small shop at this Bhutan factory that sells a variety of paper and stationary produced from paper made at the factory.
Next, visit National Institute of Zorig Chusum, Bhutan, which was introduced to the country in the 15th century by Terton Pema Lingpa, also known as great treasure discoverer. The traditional arts and craft represent the knowledge and ability that has been handed down to master craftsmen and artisan through each generation of Bhutan. This institute of Bhutan offers an opportunity and scope for learning arts and crafts, especially for students coming from poor family backgrounds in Bhutan. The students have their own showroom for the visitors, and the prices are at cheapest rate in the city. The amount of money they make is used for their further education and training purposes. The Royal Government of Bhutan is heavily invested in providing quality education to the children of Bhutan.
Drive to Bhutan’s Dochula Pass (3,100 m). Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow-laden Himalayas lying within Bhutan. On a sunny day, you can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges of Bhutan. The Dochu La Pass of Bhutan is probably the best known mountain pass in Bhutan. Located at an altitude of 3150 meter above sea level, the Dochu La Pass of Bhutan is about 30 kilometer away from the capital city Thimphu and the road to Punakha, Bhutan. On a clear day in Bhutan, the pass offers visitors a spectacular view of the majestic eastern Himalayan Ranges of Bhutan. A cup of hot coffee or tea at the pass has almost become part of tradition for people travelling to and fro from Punakha to the capital city of Bhutan.
There is a small cafeteria at the pass that offers a chance for travellers to enjoy a hot beverage or a snack. It is located just off the road and overlooks the pass and is an ideal place to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. Another striking feature at the pass is the 108 Druk Wangyal Khangzang chortens that were built for the well-being of all sentiment beings on earth. The 108 chortens were built as a tribute to the kings of Bhutan for their selfless service and leadership they offer to the people of Bhutan. These stupas or chortens of Bhutan also represent the love, appreciation, and loyalty the people of Bhutan have towards the king of Bhutan.
Come back down to Thimphu, Bhutan, have lunch, and then leave for Paro, Bhutan.
Overnight at a hotel in Paro, Bhutan. Next day you will trek to the famous Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan.
- Trek tip: Keep a hard copy of the trek route or map as many places won’t have cell network for the GPS to work.