Druk Wangyel Festival

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Druk Wangyal Festival was established in 2011 to honor His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the Armed Forces’ triumph over Indian insurgent forces in southern Bhutan in 2003. Held annually on December 13th at Dochula Pass, approximately 22km from Thimphu, this unique festival is performed by the Royal Bhutan Army, paying homage to the wise leadership of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan, and celebrating the army’s ongoing efforts to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and stability.

Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, the founder and patron of the Druk Wangyal Festival, also played a pivotal role in the construction of Druk Wangyal Lhakhang and the 108 Khangzang Chortens at Dochula Pass. Situated at an altitude of 3100m, Dochula Pass offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range, making it one of the most scenic locations in Bhutan. The festival feature many unique mask dances.

Festival NamePlaceFromTo
Druk Wangyel FestivalDochula PassDec 13, 20241 Day
Druk Wangyel FestivalDochula PassDec 13, 20251 Day
Druk Wangyel FestivalDochula PassDec 13, 20261 Day
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