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National Geographic in Bhutan: Dochula Pass

DOCHULA PASS, Bhutan–High on top of a mountain pass on the road from Thimphu to Punaka, overlooking the Himalayas, is a concentration of 108 chortens (stupas) built in memory of Bhutanese soldiers killed in the 2003 war against insurgents from India. The Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, commissioned the monument after King Jigme Singye Wangchuck was victorious in the struggle to dislodge the rebels who were using Bhutan as a base to raid India.

The National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration, in Bhutan last month to meet with grantees, listen to briefings from government officials and environment groups, and observe science, exploration, and conservation in the field, passed this spot twice while traveling the pass between the modern and ancient capitals.

Photograph by David Braun
Photograph by David Braun
Photograph by David Braun
Photograph by David Braun
Photograph by David Braun
Photograph by David Braun
Photograph by David Braun
Photograph by David Braun
Photograph by David Braun
Photograph by David Braun
Photograph by David Braun
Photograph by David Braun
Photograph by David Braun
Photograph by David Braun

12418031_10153900711084116_8462971761216697621_nDavid Braun is director of outreach with the digital and social media team illuminating the National Geographic Society’s explorer, science, and education programs.

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Braun also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

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Forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. He has 120,000 followers on social media. David Braun edits the National Geographic Society blog, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society's mission and initiatives. He also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience. Follow David on Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn
  • Mike Beinke

    Beautiful location

  • Mike Beinke

    Beautiful location

  • VAZ

    JUST STUNNING PICS. I WISH I COULD VISIT THEM. WILL SOMEONE TELL ME HOW TO REACH THIS PLACE ????

  • VAZ

    JUST STUNNING PICS. I WISH I COULD VISIT THEM. WILL SOMEONE TELL ME HOW TO REACH THIS PLACE ????

  • RCD

    @VAZ, you can take a flight to Paro, Bhutan. Then drive down to Thimphu which is about 50kms away from Paro.
    From Thimphu town, you have to drive up 23 kms towards Punakha (another Bhutanese scenic town).

  • RCD

    @VAZ, you can take a flight to Paro, Bhutan. Then drive down to Thimphu which is about 50kms away from Paro.
    From Thimphu town, you have to drive up 23 kms towards Punakha (another Bhutanese scenic town).

  • Phuntsho

    I can make arrangements for your visit. If interested do let me know.. I am from the place (Bhutan)

  • Phuntsho

    I can make arrangements for your visit. If interested do let me know.. I am from the place (Bhutan)

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