100-km From Bhalukpong, Arunachal Pradesh
Best Time To Visit
April To October
Situated in Bomdila, the headquarters of the west Kameng district in Arunachal Pradesh, It is about 160 km from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam.
The 12th reincarnate was born in the Morshing, Kalaktang Circle, West Kameng. Before his dead in 1966, he constructed this modest Gonpa. The present Rinpoche, the 13th Tsona Gontse Rinpoche commenced the construction of the main prayer hall, which was consecrated by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama on 13th October 1997.
Bomdils' three Tibetan Monasteries reflect the origin and
culture of the local people and its proximity to. 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.
How To Get There
Air : Nearest airport in situated in Tezpur , Assam (160-km).
Rail : Nearest railway station is Tezpur in Assam.
By Road : Bomdila is located in a remote part of India. It does not have an airport or railway station of its own. It is connected by road with other towns in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Bomdila can be reached from the town of Tezpur by local bus or shared jeep.
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 located 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