Druk Wangyel Cafe

Located just opposite the 108 chortens of Dochula Pass at around 3,100 meters (10,170 feet), Druk Wangyel Cafe has terrific views of the Eastern Himalayan range on clear days and makes a perfect pit stop on the journey between Thimphu and Punakha. Though it's the only food and beverage facility at the pass, the coffee and tea are quite good. Grab one and gaze out from the glassed semi-circular indoor sitting area warmed by a wood-burning stove (bukhari) — or in warm weather, sit outside on the porch and use the affixed binoculars for closer views.

The cafe opens early and serves breakfast and lunch buffet style, with a la carte items available as well. The buffet fare is fresh but fairly standard comfort food: eggs and toast with jam for breakfast; meat, side vegetables, and rice for lunch. The facility is well maintained, service is friendly and prompt, and the bathrooms with Western-style toilets are clean. (Note: They require visitors to purchase food or a beverage to use the toilets.) A bar serves liquor, and nearby a pricey handicrafts shop sells high-end Bhutanese art and thangkas.