Western Bhutan is a region in Bhutan. The predominant ethnic group in Western Bhutan are Ngalops, who are generally followers of the Kagyu tradition of Buddhism and tend to be taller than people in other parts of the country.
Popular in Western Bhutan
Thimphu is the capital of the Kingdom of Bhutan, and with a population of around 80,000 is the nation's largest city.
Phuentsholing, the second largest town in Bhutan, is on the Indian border, next to the town of Jaigaon.
Paro is a town in the south west of Bhutan. Paro is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area.
In Western Bhutan
Punakha, a former capital of Bhutan, is located in the west of the country. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until the 1960's, and still retains the serene atmosphere of a place with a regal past.
Wangdue Phodrang is a town in Western Bhutan. It is the administrative head of Wangdue Phodrang district.
Kuruthang is a city in Punakha district located a few kilometers from Punakha. Kuruthang is totally devoid of charm and is a monument to brutish concrete architecture.
Tsimasham is in Chukha district. Tsimasham is the headquarters of Chukka district and is located on the main Thimphu to Phuentsholing highway.
Jigme Dorji National Park is in north western Bhutan. With over 4,300 sq km, this is Bhutan's largest national park, and covers the entire district of Gasa and the western areas of Thimphu and Paro districts.
Gedu is a town in Chhukha district. Originally developed to accommodate people working on the local hydroelectric plant, the town is now home to a small college.
Chukha is a town in Chukha district. Chhukha is a new town based around a hydroelectric plant.
Toorsa Strict Nature Reserve is located between Haa district and Samtse district in western Bhutan.
Maps of Western Bhutan