Gentle winds carry whispers of anticipation throughout the country as His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck embarks on a special journey to the neighboring Indian state of Assam. Scheduled from November 3 to 5, this visit is a significant cultural exchange and a testament to the enduring bonds that connect the people of Bhutan and Assam.
On November 3, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck will make a sacred pilgrimage to the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, a place steeped in spiritual significance for many. The temple is known for its reverence of the divine feminine and is the epitome of India’s rich and diverse cultural tapestry. It is indeed a great honor for our beloved King to pay his respects at this esteemed site.
The Assam government has organized a cultural event in His Majesty’s honor, further emphasizing the warmth of the cultural exchange between our two nations. The event will be a celebration of traditions and a moment of unity and shared values. Assam’s Governor, Gulab Chand Kataria, will host a gracious dinner, showcasing the heartwarming hospitality that defines the people of Assam.
November 4 will be a day of adventure and exploration as King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck journeys to the renowned Kaziranga National Park. Known for its rich biodiversity and thriving population of the one-horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga is a testament to India’s commitment to preserving the environment. Our King’s visit underscores the importance of protecting our natural heritage and wildlife.
The same day, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will host a delightful dinner in the heart of Kaziranga, demonstrating the deep-rooted friendship that has blossomed over the years. The warmth of these receptions symbolizes the shared dreams, aspirations, and hopes of our people.
Traveling alongside His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck will be his gracious and beloved Queen Jetsun Pema, along with their two charming sons. This family visit is a heartwarming testament to the bonds that link our two great nations. It will undoubtedly be a cherished moment for all to witness.
Born on February 21, 1980, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck ascended the throne on December 9, 2006, following his father’s abdication. A public coronation ceremony was held on November 9, 2008, marking a century of Bhutanese monarchy. His title, Druk Gyalpo, meaning “dragon king,” signifies the deep-rooted connection between the ruler and the land. He is the embodiment of Bhutan’s rich history and traditions, and his reign is characterized by compassion and a deep commitment to his people.
As the people of Bhutan look forward to this historic visit, we acknowledge the enduring bond between our two nations. It is a reminder that the ties of culture, heritage, and friendship are stronger than ever, and the future holds the promise of even greater collaboration and goodwill. This visit is not just an event; it is a celebration of our shared history and the promise of a brighter, more harmonious future.