Druk Wangyal Festival

6 Days

The Druk Wangyel Tshechu Festival, unlike traditional festivals of Bhutan performed by monks or lay people. It stands as a distinctive event performed by the Royal Bhutan Army. This remarkable festival serves as a tribute to the wise leadership of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck. He is the Fourth King of Bhutan.

  • The Druk Wangyel Festival was introduced back in 2011 in commemoration of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. This was done for the Armed Forces’ victory over Indian insurgent forces residing in southern Bhutan in 2003. The Tsechu takes place every December 13th at the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Festival Ground. It is located at Dochula Pass around 22km from the capital city Thimphu.
  • The Royal Bhutan Army performs the Druk Wangyel Festival or Tshechu. Making it unique compared to festivals performed by monks or lay people.

Why Druk Wangyel Festival?

  • 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 Wangyal Festival. She built Druk Wangyal Lhakhang, the venue for the festival, and the 108 Khangzang Chortens at the Dochula Pass. The 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 ranges.
  • The proximity of this festival to Paro and Thimphu makes it ideal for those with limited time looking to experience a Bhutanese festival. Also gives them the unique cultural experiences that Bhutan has to offer.

Druk Wangyal Tshechu Festival Date

The Druk Wangyel Tshechu is scheduled for 13th December 2024. It’s a day program.

Detail Itinerary for Druk Wangyal Tshechu Festival

DAY 01 (11 Dec): Arrive in Thimphu from Paro International Airport. Diatnace is 60Km | 1 Hour Drive.
DAY 02 (12 Dec): Thimphu City Tour. Alt 2300M.
DAY 03 (13 Dec): Thimphu to Punakha. Distance 80 Km | Time Taken 3 Hours | Alt 3200M at Dochula Pass.
DAY 04 (14 Dec): Punakha City Tour with Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Hike. Distance | Time Taken 3 Hours
DAY 05 (15 Dec): Punakha to Paro. Distance 130Km | Time Taken 4 Hours Drive
DAY 06 (16 Dec): Paro City Tour | Alt 2300M
DAY 07 (17 Dec): Paro to Chelela Hike | Distance 39 Km | Time Taken 3 Hours | Alt 4300M Highest in Bhutan Road.
DAY 08 (18 Dec): Depart to Paro International Airport.

NOTE: The Druk Wangyel Festival date falls on 13th December 2024, please check similar Festival dates for Bhutan.

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Itinerary

The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our Tour Bhutan Team will meet you at Paro airport exit doors following customs formalities.

After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Dzong’s are large monasteries and district administrative centers, which were once strategic forts. Afterwards, drive to the capital, Thimphu (1.5 hours) following the Pachu River. Before dinner at the hotel there will be an orientation on Bhutanese etiquette by your guide. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

Once a rustic village sitting in a broad, fertile river valley, Thimphu is today the nation’s bustling capital. Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, including a visit to stunning Buddha Dordenma Statue, made of bronze and gilded in gold, and the National Memorial Chorten depicting the Buddhist faith in the form of paintings and statues. This temple was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of modernization, and as a monument to world peace. The Royal Queen Mother completed it as a memorial stupa for the Third King who passed away in 1972. Continue on to 12th century Changangkha Temple, The National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century and Tashichhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body.

If your visit to Thimphu coincides with the weekend, you can walk through the Thimphu Market to see the variety of food of Bhutan, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese and a variety of fresh greens. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. (This market is open all week long). Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

Leave Thimphu early after Breakfast up to Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters) to attend the spectacular Druk Wangyel Festival (45 Minutes’ drive, 22 km). Set amidst this breathtaking backdrop of Himalayan Mountains, the Druk Wangyal Tsechu 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 honors 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 Druk Wangyal Tshechu is a unique festival 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. Continue on to Punakha where you will have the remainder of the day at leisure. Stroll around Punakha town in the evening. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.

Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan. Visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness”. Built in 1637 by the Zhabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’, Punakha Dzong is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers). It is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. It was here in 1907 that Bhutan’s first king was crowned.

After lunch enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who is also known as the Divine Madman. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. He taught the people that religion is an inner feeling and it’s not necessary that one should be an ordained monk. He is also considered a symbol of fertility and most childless couples go to his temple for blessing. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha/ Wangdue Phodrang.

In the morning drive to Yabesa village and hike to through rice fields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Perched high on a hill on the bank of the river, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions. 
Take a picnic lunch on a picturesque riverside. Built in 1639 the strategically located Wangduephodrang Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. The four-century-old architectural wonder was however destroyed by fire in 2012 and is now under reconstruction.

Drive to Paro, visiting Semtokha Dzong en route. The Dzong, built in 1627, is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture studies. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Paro. You can also witness popular Paro Festival in Spring

After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometer above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to the viewing point). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. According to legend, the great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. He then mediated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments.

Alternatively, day 6 could be spent on a day trip to the Haa Valley, one of the most picturesque districts in Bhutan. Reached via the beautiful Chelila Pass, Haa Valley is characterized by its surrounding rugged and mountainous terrain. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

Today we drive back to Thimphu after an early breakfast to witness National Day celebrations in Thimphu at Changlimithang ground with the locals.Bhutan celebrates 17th of December as its National Day. The day came to be celebrated as the National Day after Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck was enthroned as the first hereditary monarch of Bhutan on 17 December 1907.

After many interesting cultural and sporting activities, the day will end with a Tashi Lebay praying for many more such days in the future. In fact, we all pray for even happier and more glorious days for Bhutan and the Bhutanese. Drive back to Paro and Overnight at your hotel in Paro

After Breakfast your Druk Wangyel Festival Tour ends today. Drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
Tashi Delek! Best wishes!

Inclusion / Exclusion

Inclusion

  • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
  • Accommodation in 3 and 4 Star Hotel combined.
  • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • Royalty & Govt. Taxes
  • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
  • Visa Fee.
  • Airport tax
  • Proffessional English speaking Guide.
  • All Sightseeing in the country.
  • Hotstone bath and visit to farm house.
  • Complimentary Massage at 4 Star Hotel in Punakha at RKPO green Resort.

Exclusion

  • Druk Air fare OR DOMESTIC TICKETS
  • Insurance Premiums
  • Payments for service provided on a personal basis
  • Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head"
  • Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  • Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services

FAQs

What are the hotels used for the tour?

  1. Thimphu Hotel Seven Suits located centrally at Olakha town and you can have access to all nightlife from this place.
  2. Punakha Hotel RKPO green Resort 4 star Hotel with luxury aminities.
  3. Gangtey Hotel Dewachen 3 Star Hotel.
  4. Paro Metta Resort

What is the tour cancellation policy?

90% refund for the tour cancelled 45 days prior to arrival date, payment transfer charges will be charged 75% refund for the tour cancelled between 30 to 45 days prior to arrival date No refund for the tour cancelled less than 30 days of arrival date and for the change of itinerary Booking made for 4 star and 5 star hotels have to follow individual hotel’s cancellation policies.

What is the flight cancellation policy?

70% refund for cancellation made before 30 days prior to arrival date (Documentation charge USD 25 applicable) 30% refund for cancellation made between 15 to 30 days of travel date NO refund for cancellation made less than 15 days of travel date Documentation charge applicable for the change of dates, sectors etc (issued tickets only, USD30/ticket)

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