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Things To Do In Bomdila
Bomdila is in West Kameng district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, it is also the headquarters of Kameng District. It is a small town with a population of fewer than 10,000 people. It is untouched by the outside world. There are only two hotels in the town of Bomdila, but you can find a number of homestays. It is always recommended to stay in a homestay to get a local experience. It is advisable to plan a trip in advance if you are a foreigner because you will need IPL (inner line permit) to enter Arunachal Pradesh. If you are an Indian then you can get IPL by paying Rs. 100. It is worth the pain because you will not be disappointed with this holiday. There are many things one can do in a place like Bomdila. Here are a few things you can do in Bomdila.
Get a Local experience at any Homestay
As mentioned above, it is better to stay in the Homestay to get the local experience. In addition to this, you can enjoy the local food which is amazing. If you are a foodie and love to experiment with different cuisines then this is the place for you. You can also try the local alcohol, which is served Hot. Given the weather, alcohol is quite prevalent in this region.
If you love photography then visit Bomdila pass where you can see great views of Gorichen and Kangto Peaks, two of the highest peaks in the state, and it is totally breath-taking. It is totally a photographer’s paradise. You can also drive further to Tawang to have an amazing experience.
No holiday is complete without shopping. Visit the local market in the afternoon, which is full of Tibetan Handicraft items like carpets, paintings, masks etc. They are so beautiful that they will surely grab your attention. There are craft center and Ethnographic museum, both run by ladies. Here you can buy high-quality carpets, sweaters and other local clothing at reasonable rates. The shopping will be a memorable one when you come back home.
If you love Trekking, then Dirang is the place one should never miss. It is a beautiful hill station between Bomdila and Tawang with many high peaks and mountains around it. You can find many base camps for bird watchers and trekkers at Mandla which is at a distance of 28 km from Dirang. Dirang is also known for its natural beauty with its variety of flora and fauna. It has many medicinal plants that are found here in abandon. It is also known for its hot springs and apple orchards.
Bomdila monastery was built under the guidance of Dalia Lama. It was completed in 1965. It is at the top of a hill and you can get a beautiful panoramic view of Bomdila town from here. It also has a beautiful Buddha Temple inside the Monastery. You can spend some quality time here in the Meditation Hall, meet monks and just go around the Monastery. Eagle nest wildlife sanctuary is one more beautiful place near Sessa Orchid sanctuary. It has many waterfalls which fall from a lesser height and it is a feast to the eyes. It is home to many animals like the Bengal tiger, Black Bear, Red panda, Elephants and more. It is a must for bird watchers since it has many birds like the Eagle, Kingfisher, Hornbill, ducks and many more. Bomdila War Memorial and View Point is built in the memory of our soldiers who laid down their lives protecting our country in 1962, Bomdila War. The view from this place is amazing since it is at the highest point and you can see the enchanting Himalayas to the north and beautiful Bomdila town on the south.