Bomdila

Bomdila is located in the northwestern part and is the Headquarters of West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. The origin of Bomdila is lost in time. Bomdila is known for its scenic environment along with the Buddhist Monasteries and apple orchids. It is set amongst the mighty Himalayas an altitude of 2530 m above the sea level.

Best Time To Visit: April and October.              

How to Reach Bomdila: Arunachal Pradesh to Bomdila – 622 KM.              

Address: Bomdila, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh – 790001.           

Places to Visit in Bomdila:

1. Apple Orchards Bomdila:

Apple Orchard is a beautiful place to see in Bomdila. These orchards are mostly owned by locals. One can see the plantations of the trees in proper order and the view becomes even better when the trees are full of apples. It has been a quite famous spot for tourists to go. The orchards are spread over a very big area and the forest lets you breathe fresh air.

These apples are extremely sweet and tasty but also they are organic. One can buy apples from these orchards at a cheap price. More than 200 varieties of orchards are available here.

Best Time To Visit: October to February.              

Apple Orchard Timings: 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM.               

Time To Be Spent: 1 Hour.               

How to visit Apple Orchards: One can visit by a cab from Bomdila.             

2. Bomdila Monastery:

The Bomdila Monastery is constructed by who was believed to be the 12th reincarnations of Tsona Rinpoche. This is also called as GRL Gompa Gontse Gaden Rabgyel  Ling  Monastery. The monastery belongs to the Mahayana Buddhism. The major part and the attraction is the Buddha Temple built in the Monastery premises.

This monastery is a 3-storied building consisting of Upper, Middle and Lower Gompas. A huge prayers hall has been added recently to the structure.

Bomdila Monastery Timing: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM               

Bomdila Monastery Entry Fee: Free Entry.                

How to reach: Bomdila to Bomdila Monastery – 3 KM               

3. Bomdila View Point:

Bomdila View Point is one of the Nechipu Pass eloped in the clouds. From the highest point of this place, tourists can also enjoy beautiful views. The place will be amazing for photographers. One can see the cotton-like clouds covering on top and over the huge Himalayas. One can see the panoramic view of the Kemeng valley. The view from up here is sure to take up a permanent space in your memory and its beauty will be unforgettable.

Bomdila View Point Entry Fee: Free Entry.

Bomdila View Point Timings: Sunrise to Sunset.

Photography: Best place for Photography.

How to Reach: Bomdila to Bomdila View Point – 3 KM.                

4. Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary:

Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is one of India’s best hotspot for Bird Lovers.  It is situated in the West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Eaglenest shot the focus of public attention after the discovery of a new bird species. The Colourful Bugun Liocichla is described in 2006 and is named after the Bugun community that lives in these forests.

In 1950s, The Red Eagle division of the Indian Army was stationed here, giving the sanctuary the distinctive name it is known today. The sanctuary has more than 700 species of birds that includes the prized Ward’s Trogon, Beautiful Nuthatch and Wedge- Billed Babbler. There is enough diversity to keep any enthusiast occupied in the sanctuary.

Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary Timings: 5:00 AM to 4:00 PM          

Time To Be Spent: 2 – 3 Hours.              

Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary Entry Fee:

Indians – Rs 100.

Foreigners – Rs 500.

Photograph: Allowed

How to Reach: Bomdila to the Sanctuary – 65 KM.  

5. Lower Gompa:

The Lower Gompa is one of the divisions of the Gontse Gaden Rabgyel Ling Monastery. The Monastery is famous for its massive prayer hall and Tibetan Architecture. There is a belief that spinning the prayer wheels of the monastery can fulfil one’s wishes. The Lower Gompa is situated at the end of the main market area in Bomdila.

Lower Gompa Timings: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Lower Gompa Entry Fee: Free Entry.

How to Reach Lower Gompa: Bomdila to Lower Gompa – 1 KM.              

Photography: Not Allowed.            

6. Middle Gompa:

 The Middle Gompa is the house of the Blue Medicine Buddha whom the locals believe heals all diseases and is the Lord of Meditation.  Locals believe that healing the diseases is only through the form of Meditation and prayers.

Middle Gompa Timings: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Entry Fee: Free Entry.

How to Reach: Bomdila to Middle Gompa- 1 KM

Photography:  Not Allowed.

7. RR Hill:

RR Hill is another important tourist attraction being Bomdila’s Highest Point. Apart from the scenic landscapes, one can view the roads that lead to Tawang and Bhutan’s Border too.

RR Hill Timings: 24 Hours.              

RR Hill Entry Fee: Free Entry.

How to Reach RR Hill: One has to take a cab to visit this place from Bomdila.

8. Sessa Orchid Sanctuary:

Sessa Orchid Sanctuary is a must-visit attraction. The reserve has varieties of Orchids of different colours and size as well. It also has over 200 cultivated orchids of 80 different species and is a house for many species of Orchids that are rare, endangered and ornamental. It is also a house for red panda, pheasants and serow. 

Best To visit: October to April.

Sessa Orchid Sanctuary Timings: 24 Hours but recommended to visit in the mornings.

How to Reach: Bomdila to the Sanctuary – 146 KM.            

9. Tipi Orchidarium:           

The Tipi Orchidarium is situated near the banks of Bharali River in the West Kameng District. The orchidarium is the shelter for more than 500 varieties of orchids which grow abundantly in various parts of Arunachal Pradesh. It is the temple of Orchids. 

One of the orchid varieties found in these part is known as the “Lost Indian lady’s slipper-lost” because it was first discovered in the 1850s and was lost for a while before being rediscovered some 50 years later, and lady’s slipper because of the shape of the flower. Another rare, red variety is known as dancing girls because the shape of the blooms resembles dancing figures.

The variety is known Rhynchostylis consists of a dense, elongated bunch, known as kopou, this grows profusely and is often used in bridal decorations in the Assam region. 

There is also a museum of orchids, where again, labels and charts give the lay visitor a variety of information regarding different species of orchids.