BOMDILA

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Location: 100-km From Bhalukpong, Arunachal Pradesh
Main Attractions: Tibetan Monasteries
Best Time To Visit: April To October


Bomdila is a beautiful small town situated at a height of about 2,350m (8000 ft.) above the sea level from where one can see the brilliant landscape and snow-clad mountains of the Himalayan Range.

It is the headquarters of West Kameng district and has a lot of attractions for the tourists with its cool climate, Apple orchards, artistic people, snow-capped Himalayan peaks and Buddhist Gompas. The Buddhist monastery of Bomdila is the repository of culture.

Prime Attractions PRIME ATTRACTION

MONASTERIES
Tibetan Monasteries
Young Lamas, Bomdila, Arunachal PradeshBomdils' three Tibetan Monasteries reflect the origin and culture of the local people and its proximity to Tibet. The Dalai Lama inaugurated the largest of these, a Gelugpa Gompa high above the town, in October 1997. One can ask the caretaker monk for a tour of the monastery including the small suite of rooms making up the Dalai Lama's private residential quarters. The rooftop also offers superb views of the town and the surrounding mountains.

An older Gompa houses a large statue of the blue Medicine Buddha, on whom healers focus their meditations; the third Gompa stands at the end of the main market street in the middle of the town. This place has a tourist lodge, a craft centre displaying local crafts and a shopping centre where the visitors gets first feel of the local version of Himalayan Buddhist life.     

ExcursionsEXCURSIONS

Local site seeing to Dirang valley and the famous Sela Pass (4,300m) are a thrilling experience on the way to Tawang, from where snow covered peaks of Gorichen (6,488m) and Kangto (7,042m) came into view.

The Orchid Research and Development Station at Tippi and two other Orchid conservation sanctuaries located at Sessa and Dirang are worth seeing places too.

How to get thereHOW TO GET THERE

Air: Nearest airport in situated in Tezpur , Assam (160-km).
Rail: Nearest railway station is Tezpur in Assam.
Road: There are two roads out of Bomdila, onwards and upwards towards Tawang, and back down the border towards Assam , to Tezpur and beyond. State buses run daily from the lower part of town to Tezpur and Tawang. One can also hire jeeps, which also run daily services between Tezpur and Tawang, in both directions.

Where to Stay PLACES TO STAY

Majority of the hotels are in the middle part of the town, near the main market, although there are couple of reasonable places to stay can be found in the lower part, near the bus station. For accommodation in luxurious hotels check out upper Bomdila, near most of the administrative offices.

WHERE TO EAT
Most restaurants are situated in the middle part of the town - try Dragon And Silver Oaks in the main street - but there are numerous small Dhabas dotted around, selling simple but good enough food.

Near by Cities NEARBY CITIES

Bhalukpong: 100-km
Tawang: 180-km
Tezpur : 160-km



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