Runaway Photo: Dochula Pass, Bhutan

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Runaway Photo: Dochula Pass, Bhutan

Dochula Pass: The Best Toilet Break

Dochula pass (10,900 feet/3300 meter) is located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu, 16km far. The pass is a popular spiritual destination for both locals and tourists because an important temple is located on the crest of Dochula pass. The visitors hang the prayer flags along the way. It is also an important break point because there’s one of the only proper toilets on the way from/to Punakha.

Also known as the Druk Wangyal Chortens, the construction of these 108 stupas was commissioned by the eldest Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, in honor of His Majesty the 4th King and his 7,000 people for their victory in the war fought in 2003 in Southern Bhutan and for peace and prosperity of the nation. The pass is a popular as it offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. It was a bit foggy the day I was there, unfortunately, but the snowcap mountains peaked through the cloud at the end. We enjoyed the mystic weather with a cup of yak butter tea and biscuits at a rest stop located nearby.


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Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .


  1. Beth says:

    That’s a really nice view of the Himalayan mountains, even with the clouds!

  2. Shereen says:

    Those are stunning pictures and sounds like it was a great adventure. Always a good idae to take advantage of a good bathroom break. You never know when you’ll get another:)

  3. What beautiful photos! I’m traveling through SE Asia right now and trying to decide if that crazy pricey visa for Bhutan is worth it. But this is pretty convincing…

  4. Lily La says:

    Those clouds! Wish all toilet breaks had views for us like this.

  5. Gorgeous pics, Juno! Bhutan is slowly working its way up my list of must-go countries, but alas the price tag is still a wee bit off-putting. That said, I’ve heard universally positive things about the country. Incidentally the most scenic toilet break I ever had was in Buyeo, Korea. I could lean back while I peed and see the gorgeous autumn leaves all around Busosanseong. Too much information?

  6. ariamondu says:

    What a place ! Stunning ! That’s some greats photos you took 🙂

  7. ChinaMatt says:

    Ridiculously beautiful. Makes me wonder if I should reapply for that teaching job in Bhutan.

  8. What absolutely stunning photos! I’d love to go to Bhutan, but the price isn’t exactly cheap. However, these photos alone make it worth the effort!

  9. I wanna get to Bhutan so bad! Is it true its required to get a guide to visit the country?

    • Juno Kim says:

      You’re required to get a visa to enter the country (that comes with a daily fee), and that includes a guide, accommodation, transportation, and food. But it’s not a limited tour – you can go wherever you wish, but the guide will take you with their vehicle.

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