Bhutan EchoesDrukyul’s Literature Festival

Reconnecting and Reviving

Drukyul's Literature Festival 2023

Reconnecting and Reviving

With a decade long history, Bhutan’s first literature festival is turning a new chapter. Founded as ‘Mountain Echoes’, the festival has been renamed ‘Bhutan Echoes: Drukyul’s Literature Festival’ to more accurately reflect the Bhutanese people and their lived experiences.

At a time of extraordinary change in our world, DLF 2023 will not only provide space to escape into great stories but also a forum to explore issues and the changing definition of travel, immigration, and the need for human and community connection post-pandemic, environment, and holistic wellbeing. The festival will be a place to learn, share, refresh, reflect, reconnect, and reimagine with ourselves and the world.

We hope our audience will engage with the diverse array of voices and stories this year and be inspired by exceptional ideas, books, and dialogues.

Join us this year at ‘Bhutan Echoes: Drukyul’s Literature Festival!

Timeline and History


Her Majesty the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Gyalyum Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck co-founded Bhutan’s first literature festival ‘Mountain Echoes’ as a Bhutan- India initiative with His Excellency Pavan Varma, author Namita Gokhale, literary consultant Mita Kapur and Pramod Kumar KG.


Mountain Echoes has been committed to promoting literature, art and culture in Bhutan.


The festival began a new chapter when His Majesty renamed it “Drukyul’s Literature Festival”. Although the festival was deferred for the last two years due to COVID, the Drukyul's Literature Festival launched Bhutan Echoes, a year-round initiative to nurture literary culture in Bhutan.


This year's festival is the first to be helmed by an all-Bhutanese team and will be a hybrid of both online and in-person events.