The Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival was established in 2011 in commemoration of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the Armed Forces’ victory over Indian insurgent forces residing in southern Bhutan in 2003.

Druk Wangyel Festival is an annual festival held on December 13th at the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Festival Ground located at Dochula Pass around 22km from the capital city Thimphu. Dochula Pass is one of the most scenic locations in the entire kingdom, offering a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. Set amidst this breathtaking backdrop, the Dochula Druk Wangyal Tsehchu is an experience unlike any other and truly exemplifies Bhutanese cultural traditions.

The Druk Wangyal Lhakhang was built over a period of four years (2004-2008) under the vision and patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo. The Lhakhang honours the courageous service of the Fourth King, who personally led the troops against the insurgents, as well as the regular Armed Forces of the country.

The Extraordinary Journey of Bhutan

The Extraordinary Journey of Bhutan

In celebration of the 108th National Day this 17 December, we are proud to present this special video recounting the Extraordinary Journey of Bhutan, united by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, and guided by a succession of Dharma Kings.

This year, we honoured the Father of our Nation, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, under whose reign Bhutan achieved phenomenal success, with the celebration of His Majesty’s 60th Birth Anniversary.
The celebration brought the people of Bhutan an additional cause for celebration, when His Majesty announced that the Heir to the Golden Throne would be born next year.
It is therefore a special National Day we mark this year, united as a nation and looking forward with ambition and hope. We take the opportunity to pay tribute to our Kings, who embody Bhutan’s greatest characters of strength, compassion, and unity.

The stunning artwork for this video has been done by Chimi R Namgyel. Courtesy the Royal Office for Media.