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
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.
Bomdils' 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.
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.
Air: Nearest airport in situated in
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.
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.
Tezpur : 160-km