Happiness is a place. But where is Bhutan located on the map? Bhutan is a Himalayan country hide in the Himalayas (border with India and China), South Asia. Known for its Gross National Happiness and the "High Value and Low Volume" tourism policy, Bhutan is the last Shangri-La that collected into many people's bucket lists. We believe every unique Bhutan trip will start with a map. You can google map of Bhutan and find lots of Bhutan maps with different themes and colors. Here are some Bhutan location maps for you to have a better idea about where is Bhutan on the map.
Map of Bhutan in World Map
From Bhutan in world map, you can see the Kingdom of Bhutan is a very small land-locked nation located in Asia. Bhutan occupies an area of 38,394 km², its size is similar to Switzerland, or is about 1/30 of the area of Tibet. Bhutan has a population of 727,145 inhabitants (in 2022). The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, a language closely related to Tibetan, and the written language is identical to Tibetan. Now, almost all young Bhutanese can understand and speak English very well.
Map of Bhutan in Asia Map (Bhutan Airlines Route Map)
Here is a map of Bhutan and surrounding countries, you can find that Bhutan is located in south-central Asia. Among the 48 countries in Asia, Bhutan is a very unique country in its culture and traditions. Bhutan's rich heritage, architecture, festival traditions, arts and crafts, etc, are well protected by its isolation from the modern world until the 1960s.
From our Bhutan Airlines Route Map, you will see to get to Bhutan from Asia is very convenient. Now only Kathmandu in Nepal, New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bagdogra, Gaya and Guwahati in India, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Yangon in Myanmar, Bangkok in Thailand, and Changi in Singapore have operated direct flights to Bhutan. For more information about Flights to Bhutan or book flight tickets to Bhutan, you can contact us.
Map of Bhutan in South Asia Map
Here is the map of Bhutan and the surrounding area, you will see the Kingdom of Bhutan is geopolitically in South Asia. There are 8 countries in South Asia including India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan. And Bhutan is situated in the eastern Himalayas mountains south of China (Tibetan Plateau), bordering the Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh. Bhutan controls several key Himalayan mountain passes and has many good spots to view the Himalayas.
Bhutan is known as a Himalayan country. From this map of Bhutan and surrounding countries, you will see the northern part of Bhutan lies within the Himalayas. The Himalayas or Himalayas are a mountain range in Asia, it is the highest mountain range in the world, and has 10 out of 14 of the world's highest peaks, including Mount Everest. From this Himalayas map, we can also see the Himalayas cross five countries, they are Bhutan, India, Nepal, China, and Pakistan. About 70 million people live in the Himalayas.
Map of India Nepal Tibet and Bhutan (Himalayan Countries Map)
Bhutan means “end of Tibet”, it occupies an area of 38,394 km² which is about 1/30 of the area of Tibet. From this map of India, Nepal, China, and Bhutan, you may understand more about the ethnic culture of Bhutan from its neighbor Nepal and Tibet of China. There are three major ethnic groups in Bhutan: the Nepalese (Nepali language-speaking people), the Sharchop (the aboriginal inhabitants of eastern Bhutan), and the Bhutia (the descendants of Tibetan immigrants). When you get to Bhutan you will find the mix culture from both Nepal and Tibet. What is more, the state religion of Bhutan is the Drukpa Kargyupa sect, a branch of Mahayana Buddhism which contains a sprinkling of Tibet's ancient Bon shamanist religion.
Bhutan Country Map（Bhutan Map in Dzongkha）
Here is a map of Bhutan Country showing its 20 dzongkhags (districts). As Buddhism is the most widely practiced religion in Bhutan, each year there are over 20 Tshechu festivals held in different districts (dzongkhags). The Tshechu festivals are in honor of the Buddhist Saint Padmasambhava, popularly known as 'Guru Rimpoche', the saint who was responsible for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. It is a great bonus to visit Bhutan during the Bhutan festivals. There are lots of ancient dzongs, monasteries, lhakhang, and chortens worth a visit. With over 71% of its territory under forest cover, the wildlife of Bhutan is notable for its diversity and attract birders for all over the world for the bird watching tour.
Districts of Bhutan Map
Also, Bhutan is divided into 4 parts: Western Bhutan (Chhukha, Haa, Paro, Samtse, Thimphu), Central Bhutan (Dagana, Gasa, Punakha, Tsirang, Wangdue Phodrang), Southern Bhutan (Bumthang, Sarpang, Trongsa, Zhemgang), and Eastern Bhutan (Lhuntse, Mongar, Pema Gatshel, Samdrup Jongkhar, Trashigang, Trashi Yangtse). Most people will plan Bhutan trips to Western Bhutan and Central Bhutan. The capital and largest city in Bhutan is Thimphu. The one who enters Bhutan from India by land will start their Bhutan tour from Eastern Bhutan to Southern Bhutan.
Map of Bhutan Airports (Bhutan Domestic Airports Map)
Bhutan has no railways, you can enjoy a Butan tour by plane and by car. From the map of Bhutan Airports, there are four airports: Paro International Airport, Bathpalathang Domestic Airport(Bumthang), Yongphulla Domestic Airport, and Gelephu Domestic Airport.
Map of Bhutan Borders with India (Map of Bhutan and India border)
If you want to enter Bhutan by road, India is the only option, check the map of Bhutan and India Borders, and you will find three land ports (Phuntsholing, Samdrup Jongkhar, and Gelephu) available between India and Bhutan. From Gelephu, you can take a flight to Paro, Bumthang, and Yongphula domestics airport. By the way, Phuntsholing is Bhutan’s financial center.
Bhutan Travel Map
From this Bhutan tourist map, you can see the most classic districts and top visited places of Bhutan namely Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Haa, Gangtey, and Bumthang. Even the luxury hotels like Amankora and Six Senses have already opened their lodges separately in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, and Bumthang. Usually, it takes 4 to 11 days to enjoy a Bhutan trip that covers the above cities of Bhutan.
Here is a brief introduction to these popular tourist destinations of Bhutan. Paro has the only international airport in Bhutan. Every visitor will arrive at Paro not only because it is the entrance gate of Bhutan but also for the Tiger's Nest. Thimphu is its capital and largest city that you should not miss. As the ancient capital, Punakha owns the most beautiful Punakha Dzong in Bhutan. A tour to Haa Valley is amazing and known as the "Hidden-Land Rice Valley" while paying a visit to the Chele La Pass (3988m) which is the highest motorable road pass in Bhutan. Gangtey is the winter home of the holy Black-Necked Cranes (Grus nigricollis), a good chance to immerse yourself in the brilliant Phobjikha Valley. As one of the most historic districts in Bhutan, Bumthang is the home of some of the oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries, and it was here the place that Buddhism was first introduced to Bhutan. There is a domestic airport in Bumthang with destinations of Paro, Gelephu, and Trashigang. Wish this Bhutan map can help to guide your travel in Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon.
Bhutan Tiger's Nest Trekking map
Trekking in Bhutan is a great attraction for the hikers. A visit to Bhutan without a hike to the Tiger's Nest is imperfect. Probably no one will skip the trekking trip to the iconic landmark of Bhutan. From the Tiger's Nest trekking map, it takes about 2.5 hours to reach Tiger's Nest by foot (5 hours for a round trip), and you can have a rest at the view terrace which is located at the halfway point of the hiking road. Also, you can choose to ride a horse(self-paying) from the camp base to the Taktsang Cafeteria (lunch spot).
Now with the above maps of Bhutan, we know where Bhutan is. Bhutan is a very small country located in South Asia. It is a Himalayan country hide in the Himalayas while border with India and Tibet of China. There are four airports in Bhutan Kingdom include one international airport and three domestic airports. Visitors can enter Bhutan from India by land through three border ports. The top tourism districts in Bhutan include Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, and Bhumthang. We believe every unique Bhutan trip will start with a map. Wish these Bhutan maps can help to guide your tour in Bhutan.
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