Druk Wangyal Tshechu
Event date: 13 December, 2018
Event location: Dochula Pass, Thimphu Dzongkhag
The Druk Wangyel Festival was established in 2011 in commemoration of His Majesty the Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck who sacrificed his own life for the people of Bhutan and sovereignty of the Kingdom leading the Bhutanese Military operation in Southern Bhutan to flush out the Indian Militants, the mission was big success. The festival is celebrated also to glorify Bhutan Armed Forces’ victory over Indian insurgent forces. The Tsechu takes place every December 13th at the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang Festival Ground located at Dochula Pass around 22km from the capital city Thimphu. The Druk Wangyel Tshechu is a unique festival in that it is performed by the Royal Bhutan Army rather than monks or lay people. It is a tribute to the wise leadership of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan. It also celebrates the continuous efforts of the Royal Bhutan Army in protecting the sovereignty and the stability of the country. Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck is the founder and patron of the Druk Wangyel Festival. Druk Wangyel Lhakhang, the venue for the festival, and the 108 Khangzang Chortens at the Dochula Pass were also built by Her Majesty. Dochula Pass is located at an altitude of 3,116m, and is one of the most scenic locations in the entire kingdom, offering a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. Dochula pass is a popular location among tourists as it offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquillity of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass. Bhutanese families enjoy visiting the pass during holidays and weekends to picnic and simply enjoy the scenery. It is common to see families and groups of friends seated amongst the chortens, enjoying a packed lunch and hot tea. For tourists, this is an ideal location to capture beautiful pictures of the Himalayan mountain range during clear, warm days. If the weather permits, you can see a range of high Himalayan peaks towards the northeast. Following peaks can be seen from this pass, on a clear day ; Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.
This is truly special and unique Festival and you will definitely enjoy it as such kind of unique festival doesn’t exist anywhere in the world. To explore more of Bhutanese culture and traditions, you may add extra few days on your trip below to experience the true nature of how the happiness has originated in this country.
Customise/add more sightseeing places, Hiking/trekking and other activities on your Druk Wangyel Tshechu trip to make your trip the most memorable.
Unlike other tours itinerary package, we do not design readymade tour package for Festival tour program, instead, we’ll help you to customise your own tour program mainly depending on your available number of days you want to spend and which areas you wanted to cover besides Tshechu festival. This is because we understand that every traveller is different, some may like to spend their entire holidays in witnessing Tshechu while some would prefer to attend for only 2 days at Tshechu and spend the remaining days in exploring other activities. Hence, we don’t want to run your holidays rather we would love to hear from you and design your holidays which will suit you perfectly. Therefore whether you are a solo traveller, a couple, group of friends or a large group, we are here to help you open the doors to your Himalayan dream according to your taste.
To help you in designing of your festival trip we had provided (click here for customising) a detail information on the various tourist attraction sightseeing spots and hiking & trekking areas which you may want to experience along with the travel distance column. Most of the Tsechu and festival last for minimum 3 days, so we suggest you that, you could spend at least two days to witness Tshechu and spend your remaining holidays period in the sightseeing, trekking and doing other activities. For example; Druk Wabgyel Tshechu consist of only 1day, so you may add further exploring & hiking Thimphu, Paro and Travel to Punakha for sightseeing.