Bhutan 不丹2014 - Wangdue


Day 3 - Wangdue

Drive 3 hours to Wangdue phodrang via Punakha crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. 

At over 3000 meters above sea level, Dochula pass grants one a view of Bhutan in all directions.  

At one of the viewing points, 108 stupas (chortens) were constructed as a memorial built by the queen.

Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, to honor the victory of the Bhutanese army in the 2003 war of Southern Bhutan.  

Each one contains effigies of Buddha and religious texts.  

 On a slope nearby, there is a large collection of colorful prayer flags and poles. This site represents peace. 

.... Journey to Wangdue Province continues...

The Chime Lakhang or Chimi Lakhang

is the temple of fertility, dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley – the divine madman of Bhutan.

The temple is located in the Punakha district, which is about 10 kilometers from the Punakha town.

Sopsokha village is 2.5 to 3 hours drive away.

After that, it’s a 10-15 minute walk to the temple – through paddy and mustard fields.

Colorful prayer flags line the path from the village to the temple which is located on top of a small hill.

Very huge Bodi tree in the middle of the small monastery 

On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan,

Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters.

The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa.

Visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of Bhutan.

This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire.

Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda

takes place to commemorate the victory

Beautiful Bodi tree

The Golden Door

Paper Making Factory


Antique Car 

Arts & Crafts School

Drove further down with good view of the Thimphu valley

Drupthob nunnery temple

Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan