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Location and Climate

Where is Bhutan?

discovering the Kingdom of Bhutan

Location

Bhutan is a small, completely landlocked nation nestled in the Himalayan mountain range. It is south of the Tibetan region of China, north of India, and to the east of Nepal.

Roughly the size of Switzerland or 1/2 the size of Indiana, Bhutan encompasses 46,500 sq. km. of varied terrain, with elevations up to 24,777 square feet. It features three distinct geographic regions... the high Himalayas of the north, the hills and the valleys of the center, and the foothills and plains of the south. Great and pristine rivers run throughout the country, sculpting its geography and providing water for the communities as well as a source for hydropower.

Climate

The climatic conditions in Bhutan vary dramatically due to the wide geographical variations and also result in the country experiencing four seasons. The southern parts experience sub-tropical and warmer conditions, the central part temperate conditions, and further north, cold, alpine temperatures resulting in snow covered peaks throughout the year. Winters span December to February, and the warm months of June through August experience frequent monsoon rains.

Average temperatures in Bhutan

°Celsius
 
PARO
THIMPHU
PUNAKHA
WANGDUE
TRONGSA
BUMTHANG
MONGAR
TRASHIGANG
 
Max
Min
Max
Min
Max
Min
Max
Min
Max
Min
Max
Min
Max
Min
Max
Min
JAN
9 -6 12 -3 16 4 17 4 13 0 11 -5 16 8 20 11
FEB
13 2 14 1 20 5 19 8 14 0 10 -1 16 8 22 12
MAR
15 1 16 4 21 9 23 10 17 4 16 4 20 12 25 14
APR
18 5 20 7 24 11 26 13 20 7 19 4 23 14 28 17
MAY
24 11 23 13 27 15 29 18 21 12 21 10 25 17 30 21
JUN
25 14 24 15 31 20 29 20 22 14 23 10 26 20 31 23
JUL
27 15 29 15 32 22 29 26 25 15 24 11 26 20 32 23
AUG
25 15 25 16 31 20 29 20 24 15 23 14 25 20 30 23
SEP
23 12 23 15 30 20 28 19 23 14 22 12 25 19 30 24
OCT
19 7 22 10 28 19 26 15 23 12 20 6 23 16 29 18
NOV
14 1 18 5 22 13 23 10 20 6 16 1 20 11 26 14
DEC
11 -2 15 -1 15 8 19 6 18 3 12 -2 16 10 23 12
                                 
°Fahrenheit
 
PARO
THIMPHU
PUNAKHA
WANGDUE
TRONGSA
BUMTHANG
MONGAR
TRASHIGANG
 
Max
Min
Max
Min
Max
Min
Max
Min
Max
Min
Max
Min
Max
Min
Max
Min
JAN 49 22 54 27 61 40 63 40 55 32 51 23 60 47 69 51
FEB 56 35 58 33 67 42 66 46 57 33 50 29 61 47 71 53
MAR 58 33 62 39 70 49 73 51 62 40 61 38 68 53 77 58
APR 64 40 68 45 76 52 79 55 68 44 66 39 73 57 83 63
MAY 74 51 73 56 81 59 84 64 70 53 70 49 77 63 86 69
JUN 78 57 76 59 88 67 85 68 72 56 73 49 79 67 87 73
JUL 80 59 84 60 90 71 85 79 78 60 75 52 79 68 89 74
AUG 78 58 77 60 89 68 84 68 75 59 73 57 78 67 86 73
SEP 74 53 74 59 86 69 82 66 73 58 71 54 76 67 86 75
OCT 66 45 71 51 82 66 79 58 73 53 67 43 73 60 84 64
NOV 57 35 64 41 72 55 73 49 68 44 61 33 68 52 79 56
DEC 52 29 58 30 59 46 66 43 65 37 54 28 60 49 73 53

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