The Royal Botanical Park, Lampelri, is located about 9 kilometers from famously known Dochula Pass, on the road from Thimphu to Punakha. Dochula Pass is famous for its 108 memorial stupas (known as Wangyel Chorten) facing the glorious Buddhist monastery Druk Wangyel Lhakhang built in the honor of the Fourth Druk Gyelpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck. As popular as Dochula Pass is, so is the Royal Botanical Park among nature lovers.
Last Saturday, I made an ad hoc visit to Lampelri. For me it has been one of the best places I have visited around Bhutan. In this post I am going to share about it in the perspective of nature lovers and what else can be done when someone is there.
On the way to Lampelri
Like other roads around Bhutan, the road leading to Lampelri runs through forests and moderately sparse settlements. Houses expose unique Bhutanese architecture, which is very close to the hearts of Bhutanese as their identity.
Along the roads you will come across small stalls selling local produce such as vegetables and fruits and also indigenous handicrafts.
After a 20- to 30-minute ride from Thimphu’s main town, also Bhutan’s capital town, you will reach Dochula Pass. It is a very photogenic pass. From here you can see the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains. And the sky is breathtakingly azure blue.
Dochula Pass Chortens with mountains in the background
Just near the 108 stupas is the majestic Druk Wangyel Lhakhang. I can’t help sharing a picture of it. I bet you can take the best selfies around here.
Druk Wangyel Lhakhang
On the way, if you are travelling in a taxi, persuade your driver to stop so that you can get out and enjoy the fresh air of the world’s only carbon negative country! While you wait, you may see wild animals, especially langurs. Feeding and disturbing wild animals is punishable by law in Bhutan.