Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival, Thimphu

While most Tshechu Festivals in Bhutan are centuries old and have religious and spiritual attributes, the Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival is a bit different in that sense. It was introduced in 2011 to commemorate and celebrate the victory of the Bhutanese army over the Indian insurgent groups in 2003 following which the latter were chased out of the Bhutanese soil.

The fourth King of Bhutan His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, personally led the army in the one-day war. As such the festival is held at the Druk Wangyel Monastery at Dochula which is built as a tribute to His Majesty. The peak of Dochula is also a huge tourist attraction and there are 108 beautiful stupas built for the wellbeing of the King and the country.

During the festival, several mask dances are performed apart from the special mask dance choreographed to commemorate the victory

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