Western Bhutan

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.

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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.


Punakha, a former capital of Bhutan, is located in the west of the country.

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.

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.

Tsimasham is in Chukha district. Tsimasham is the headquarters of Chukka district and is located on the main Thimphu to Phuentsholing highway.

Western Bhutan

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  • Latitude of center:  27° 21' 36" (27.36°) north
  • Longitude of center:  89° 34' 12" (89.57°) east
  • Wikidata:  Western Bhutan

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