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Bomdila Tourism And Travel Guide
12.5° C / 54.5° F
April to June
2 to 3 Days
Tezpur Airport (160 kms)
Rangapara (145 kms)
At the foothills of the elegant Himalayas, Bomdila is a quaint place resting in the serenity of nature. With a range of stunning landscapes, monasteries and a picturesque narrative, the place has everything that one seeks in a holiday. Whether you want to indulge in adventurous activities such as hiking or whether you want to kindle your awakening by visiting the monastery, you can choose what you wish to do when you are here, such is the tourism of Bomdila. You can also explore the rich flora and fauna by paying a visit to the Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary. Read on for a travel guide to Bomdila.
How to reach
Bomdila is a well-connected town by road. This might not hold well during the monsoon and severe winter but there is ample accessibility otherwise.
Tezpur airport, which is at a distance of 160 km, is your nearest place to find accessibility to a flight. You can reach the airport using a local taxi or a bus.
The nearest places around Bomdila are Tawang at 167 km, Tezpur at 162 km and Guwahati at 264 km. Jeeps and shares cabs are the most commonly used means of transport here. The local bus transport is equally efficient and you can give it a try without hesitance.
Rangapara Railway station in Assam is the nearest train station and is 145 km away. You can reach there using a bus or a taxi.
Weather and Best time to Visit
The scenic beauty of Bomdila makes it exceptional and makes summer the most ideal time to plan as it gives you the freedom to visit most tourist hotspots.
Summer (April to June):
April to June is the time of summer when the temperatures are around 18 to 30 degrees C. The well-known Losar festival happens in March, which marks the beginning of spring and should be on your list if you visit during this time.
Monsoon (July to September):
Starting from July the rains continue until September. The temperatures vary during days around 22 degrees C and during night 10 to 12 degree C.
Winter (December to February):
December to February is the time when this place is chilled and the temperatures can be anywhere between 12 to 20 degree C.
Things to Do
With a very tiny population, Bomdila is a town that hasn’t seen many crowds. But this does not limit the things you can do when you go this place. In fact it makes it special that the place is less explored.
Choose to stay in a homestay:
Get a flavour of the local life by staying in a homestay where you can blend in with the culture of the people around. Relish and treat your taste buds to everyday food and alcohol of Bomdila and make your stay a memorable one.
Make time for prayers:
Bomdila monastery was constructed in 1965 and is a haven for spiritual seekers. Considered to be a duplicate of Tsona Gontse Monastery, Tibet, it belongs to Mahayana Buddhism. Meditate in the hall and make the most of this opportunity to reconnect with your soul.
Trekking as usual:
It will be incomplete if you visit the hills and not go for a trek. There are many base camps for bird watchers and trekkers at Mandla, which is located at a distance of 28 km from Dirang. It is a rich source for medicinal plants.
A visit to nature’s best:
The Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary, which is near Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, covers an area of 215 km. It is home to more than 450 species of birds like the Cormorans, Herons, Black Stork, Oriental White Ibis, Ducks, Hawks, Eagles, Quails, Tragopan, Cuckoos, Woodpeckers and animals such as Black Bear, Red Panda, Bengal tiger, langur etc.
Explore the apple orchards:
The weather of Bomdila makes it convenient to grow apples. This has proven to be a visual treat for the tourists who visit the place. Winters propel the growth and it is a sight that you must definitely not miss.
If you are a pro when it comes to clicking, then you will be busy in Bomdila. The range of colours of the skies and the mountains and the people will give you ample opportunities to capture.
Where to eat
Welcome yourself to the home of momos, thupkas, noodles and soups which is relaxing in the weather. The usual North Eastern or Tibetan food options prevail here. Though the food choices are not very plenty, you will surely settle with some local alcohol and food. The dhabas and simple food joints will help you satiate your cravings.
Where to shop
Visit the local market which is full of Tibetan Handicraft items like the paintings, masks, carpets, silver jewellery items and much more. They are sure to entice you and probably even convince you to take your pick. There are craft centres and Ethnographic museums run by ladies. Here you can buy high-quality carpets, sweaters and other local clothing at reasonable rates. You can pick and pack a wide range of souvenirs for your loved ones back home.