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    Posted April 21, 2013 by
    Thimphu, Bhutan
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    Dochula Pass, Bhutan


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    Our tour group took a quick stop at Dochula Pass on our way from the capital city of Thimpu to the town of Punaka. Located on a small hillock are the 108 Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chortens (stupas) which were built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck in memory of the Bhutanese soldiers who lost their lives during the war against the Indian rebels in 2003. That year, the 4th King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, led a small volunteer army of 7,000 men to fight the rebels.


    Everywhere I went in Bhutan, I found the people to be very gentle, gracious but a bit reserved. As far as war memorials go, Dochula Pass is pretty understated but somehow it seems befitting of the character of the people. Ironic though that this peaceful Himalayan kingdom ever even fought a war!


    Unfortunately, it was an overcast day when we stopped at the pass. Otherwise, from the top of the hillock, you can see the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas. Our consolation was to enjoy a cup of yak butter tea and biscuits at a restaurant located nearby.

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