Bomdila at a glance:
Coordinates:27.2645° N, 92.4159° E
State: Arunachal Pradesh
This small town with a small population of 10,000 is home for different tribes. Travellers don’t mind meeting a fortune teller as it homes many monks. This place has many picturesque places must visit for.
How to Reach Bomdila:
By Air: Tezpur Airport is the nearest to Bomdila at a distance of 150 km.
By Rail: Rangapara North Railway Station is the nearest at a distance of 141 km.
By Road: One can easily reach Bomdila Through Tezpur or Guwathi. Rental cabs can be easily fetched.
Places to visit and things to do in Bomdila
Seeing nature’s game has its own delights! The Apple Orchards at Bomdila give such a feeling as well. The systematic plantations when fully laden with apples look beautiful and full. The view is fascinating and one of a kind. Make a point not to miss a visit to these orchards. The distance from Guwahati to Bomdila is 338 km and is a perfect place to visit with a lot of things to do over a weekend trip.
Inaugurated in 1965, this abode to Buddhist monks and Llamas is the biggest attraction in Bomdila. The monastery is also believed to be an exact replica of Tsona Gontse Monastery, Tibet. The monastery also houses a beautiful Buddha temple, which is another main attraction.
Bomdila View Point
Clouds kissing the ground, the massive Himalayas towering all around, the panoramic view of the Kemeng Valley – not a single one of the will let you down. The view from up here is sure to take up a permanent space in your memory and its beauty will be unforgettable.
Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary
Also known as Eagle’s Nest Wildlife sanctuary, this place lies between Sessa Orchid Sanctuary and Pakhui Tiger Reserve. This scenic Sanctuary derives its name from the Red Eagle Division of the Indian Army, which was stationed in the area in the 1950s. Part of a larger elephant reserve, this sanctuary is home to many avian, reptile and amphibian species. Exploring this sanctuary is an experience that cannot be described in mere words.
Pic.Credit: Guwahati city
Locates at the end of the famous Bazaar Street, the main attraction here is the marvellous Tibetan architecture and the massive prayer hall inside. Also, visit the Craft Centre located opposite to it.
This is the highest point of Bomdila. At this height, viewers can see the roads leading to the Bhutan border as well as the one up Tawang. Along with that, the entire panoramic view of the Himalayas surrounds the viewer.
Tipi Orchid Reserve
Also known as Orchids Research and Development Centre, this sprawling area is full of orchids of various varieties – nearly 20 species endangered. The entrance says, ‘temple of orchids’. Housing over 50,000 different orchid flowers, this place is a delight to visit and presents a unique experience of research tour coupled with nature’s glory.
It is located atop a steep hill. There is a monk school, a prayer hall as well as a Buddha Temple in its premises. This Gompa showcases various shades of life and also of Buddhism.
Arunachal Pradesh – Special cuisine
Arunachal Pradesh’s platter varies across the regions and tribal groups. These styles, methods of cooking, ingredients and elements of these tribal preparations are countless and offers the state a very diverse, rich and dynamic menu. The staple food, like in almost the entire North-East region, is rice, fish, meat and vegetables. Dishes use very less spice and flavours from herbs, organic productions and bamboo shoots are used. Different styles and verities of Momos and Thukpa are popular and widespread in the area. So are boiled rice cakes, enjoyed widely as a snack. Pasa, a fish soup, while Noatak a fish curry are delicacies, almost essentials in a local platter. Chinese cuisine is also extremely popular and finds its distinct place in Arunachal Pradesh’s cuisine. Other than these is a rice beer called Apang found in the region.
What to Eat in Bomdila
Local Food and Cuisine
While the hotels, resorts, lodges etc serve food, the options for eating out are somewhat limited. One can only choose from some Dhabas and local joints in the main market area. Other than these, the few restaurants found here serve Indian, Continental and Chinese food. Typical North Eastern/Tibetan food is available here. Thukpa, Momos, Noodles, Soups are stapled and can be enjoyed at a number of places.