Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival

6 Days


The Dochula Druk Wangyel  Festival is a one-day annual event held on the 13th of December at the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang ground in Dochula Pass (10,000 ft). Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, is the founder and patron of this unique festival which aims to commemorate and celebrate the achievement and bravery of His Majesty the Fourth King and the Armed Forces during the military expedition of 2003 against foreign militants. It is performed by the Royal Bhutan Army rather than monks or laypeople. This unique Tshechu is performed against the backdrop of the magnificent Jigme Singye Wangchuck mountain range, and you will definitely enjoy it like such kind of unique festival doesn’t exist anywhere in the world. The festival is held during off-tourist peak seasons and it’s a great opportunity to enjoy those tourists who are looking for a cheaper rate and fewer tourists. If you’re booking this trip, you will be able to see the unique mask dances, unlike others, glimpses of Bhutan’s cultural and historical sites, and experience the local culture and taste of Bhutanese cuisine.

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the unique Druk Wangyel Festival at Dochula Pass
  • Meet the happy and friendly people of Bhutan with locals
  • Chance of meeting with King and royal family of Bhutan
  • Learn the true exemplifiers of Bhutanese cultural traditions
  • Experience and taste of Bhutanese cuisine.


The flight into Bhutan will give you a spectacular view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. On a clear day, you can see Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. Your tour guide will meet you upon arrival. The drive to Thimphu (capital city) will take you through beautiful rice terraced fields, and along the side of gushing Pa Chu and Wang Chu rivers. Afternoon visit Kuenselphodrang where a 169-feet statue of Buddha Dordenma is built and overlooks the Thimphu valley. Evening visits the Memorial Chorten built-in memory of the third King of Bhutan.

Morning visits the Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Museum, and Institute of Zorig Chusum (13 traditional crafts). In the afternoon we will visit the town and Crafts bazaar where different types of handicrafts are sold. Evening visit to the Tashichho Dzong which houses the King’s Throne Room, monastic body & Government offices.

In the morning we will drive to Dochula Pass, which at around 10,000 ft, is one of the most spectacular passes in Bhutan. Here we will witness the Dochula festival which was initiated in 2011 to celebrate the courage and achievements of the Fourth King and the Armed Forces of Bhutan during the military expedition of 2003 against foreign militants. Against the backdrop of the magnificent Himalayan mountains and the Druk Wangyel Chorten, this festival is truly one of its kind. Visit also the 60th Anniversary Park which was inaugurated in 2017 and dedicated to His Majesty the Great Fourth King for his visionary and selfless leadership. Some salient features of the park include the 11 meditation caves depicting the birth anniversary of His Majesty on the 11th day of the 11th month, the 16 step signifies the age of His Majesty taking responsibility of a King, and the 34 stones depicting the 34 years of his glorious reign. Afternoon drive to Punakha. Evening at leisure.

Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan. In the morning we will visit the Punakha Dzong, built at the junction of the two rivers Pho Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river). It is one of the most spectacular dzongs in the country. The Dzong serves as the winter residence for the Central Monastic Body. Drive to Chimi Lhakhang, a picturesque temple located on a small hilltop and well-known for fertility. It is often frequented by people seeking blessings for parenthood. Continue the drive onwards to Paro. If time permits, we will visit Tamchog Lhakhang, a temple built by Thangtong Gyalpo and is known for having introduced the construction of suspension bridges into Bhutan and Tibet (many of the bridges are still in use today).

After breakfast and a short drive, we will begin the 2-3 hour hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3,000 ft above the valley floor. It is a sacred monastery for the Bhutanese people who believe that it must be visited at least once in their lifetime. In the afternoon we will drive to Drugyel Dzong, 18 kilometers away from Paro town. The Dzong, now in ruins, is a place of historical importance, from whose ramparts the Bhutanese once repelled Tibetan invaders. On a clear day, one can view the sacred Mount Chhomolari, Mountain of Goddess (24,000 ft). If time permits, visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in the country built in the 7th century AD

Day 6 :

Early morning drive to Paro for departure. Your tour representative will see you off at the airport.

Cost Includes

  • Accommodations
  • All meals, evening tea/coffee with snacks
  • All land transfers and transportation
  • English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide/Leader
  • Daily Tourist Fees & Taxes
  • Bhutan Visa and all applicable permits
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees to all monuments
  • Bottled water in the vehicle

Cost Excludes

  • Flights into and out of Bhutan
  • Optional Travel/Medical Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others


Is it possible to make this tour a privately guided tour?

Yes, if you do not wish to join a group, we can arrange for a private tour (for either a solo traveler or for a family). Just talk to one of our travel specialists and we can customize any tour.

Can I customize this tour?

Yes, you can! We suggest if you want to take a shorter tour, that you request a private tour. If you want to extend your tour, we can work with you to make that happen too!

How much money do I need to bring?

The daily tariff that you pay, pays for your tour guide, driver, hotels and all your meals. The only money you need to budget for is for alcohol, souvenirs, and tips. It is best to bring cash and exchange it for local currency at the airport in Paro. There are ATMs available in some locations, but they work sporadically.

What is the weather like?

It depends on what time of year you go. The fall or the spring are the best times to travel to Bhutan. Typically, the days are cool and sunny, and the nights are cold. Some places, like Punakha are sub-tropical and you can expect warmer temperatures.

What type of vehicle will we be traveling in?

Druk Experience provides vehicles based on tour size. For small tours we provide 4 door SUV type cars, for larger tours, we provide smaller tour buses that can accommodate 8-10 individuals. Our cars are in excellent shape and our drivers are always safe and careful. All vehicles will be equipped with air conditioning or heaters.

How/what should I pack?

Pack light for all of our tours, soft suitcases/duffel bags are best. Dressing up will not be necessary, dress for comfort. Layer, layer, layer. Wear sturdy shoes for walking/hiking. When we visit holy sites, you will be asked to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.

Can I take pictures?

Yes, please feel free to take as many pictures as you would like. However, you will be asked to not take pictures in our temples. If you have any questions about when you can take pictures, please ask your guide.

Should be bring snacks?

If you would like to have a snack (protein bar, etc.) while hiking/trekking, or if you just think you might miss your favorite snack – then yes, please bring some snacks with you. However, they are not necessary. Druk Experience will make sure that you are well fed on your tour.

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Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival
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