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Pictures from highlands in Bhutan: roads in Bhutan Highlands, Dochula Pass Memorial, and Jigme Dorji National Park in Bhutan.

Road in Bhutan Highlands
Road in Bhutan Highlands.

Bhutan is home to a population of about 740,000 spread over approximately 47,000 square kilometers, roughly the size of Switzerland, with about 70% of its land under forest cover. The terrain is mostly mountainous, with alpine peaks in the north and some sub-tropical foothills in the south.

Transport in Bhutan comprises approximately 8,000 kilometers (5,000 mi) of roads.

Dochula Pass Memorial in Bhutan
Dochula Pass Memorial in Bhutan.

At over 3000 meters above sea level, Dochula pass offers spectacular views 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. That year, the 4th King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, led a small volunteer army of 7,000 men to fight the rebels. Each chorten contains effigies of Buddha and religious texts.

Dochula Pass is the first stop after leaving Thimphu on the journey East. Only about 45 minutes from Thimphu, it offers visitors their first glimpse of the Himalayan range. The road to Punakha branches left and curls its way down to the relatively low lands of the Punakha valley.

Jigme Dorji National Park in Bhutan
Jigme Dorji National Park in Bhutan.

The monsoon rains and a varied topographical gradient, from just over 1,000 meters to more than 7,000 meters above sea level, account for the rich plant and animal diversity of Jigme Dorji National Park. The park is home to many endangered species, including the snow leopard, takin, blue sheep, tiger, musk deer, red panda, and the Himalayan black bear. More than 300 species of birds have been identified. 

Majestic mountain peaks, such as Jhomolhari, Masangang, Jichudrakey, Tsherimgang, and Gangarpuentsum, Ganchentag, Ganglakarchung, are found in the park. The park occupies almost the entire Gasa District, as well as the northern areas of Thimphu District, Paro District, Punakha, and Wangdue Phodrang Districts. 

Every year, many tourists visit Jigme Dorji National Park to relish its wealth of astounding biodiversity and scenic beauties. Three trekking routes cross the park. 

In Bhutan, protected areas and forest corridors cover 60% of the country. They include Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, Trumshingla National Park, Royal Manas National Park, Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary, Philsoo Wildlife Sanctuary, Wangchuck Wildlife Sanctuary, and Torsa Strict Nature Reserve. 



Marie-France Grenouillet in Bhutan
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