Lampelri Royal Botanical Park

Lampelri Royal Botanical Park: Your getaway en route to Punakha

Author: Sonam Dargay
Date: 2020-01-13

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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.

A view of a building

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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.