Bomdila is a city in Arunachal Pradesh.
Bomdila is 276 kms from Itanagar, 237 kms from Tawang and 155 kms from Tezpur .
Bomdila can be reached from Tezpur (180 KM)by road. The road is very bad in patches, therefore the travel takes about 5-6 hours if you are not held up by untimely landslides.
If returning from Tawang (160 KM), the travel takes about 4-5 hours depending on the prevalent condition of the road.
Shared Tata Sumo taxis ply on this route. The fare is Rs. 280(Jan '12) from Tezpur to Bomdila. The official counter is located inside Tezpur's Assam State Transport Corporation bus stand( A.S.T.C or locally called as S.T.C). It is advisable to make the booking and get a seat number a day in advance as the service is not very reliable due to bad weather and unpredictable "Assam bandh". The taxis leave A.S.T.C at 5:30 AM ( Final destination Tawang) and 11:30 AM to Bomdila from Tezpur A.S.T.C. A few private player also operate just outside Tezpur A.S.T.C.
Note that the road is in bad shape and taxis run only when full (with 10 passengers).
From Tezpur, Bomdila can also be reached by bus. One needs to first go to Balipara which is about 20 KMs from Tezpur A.S.T.C. Shared Tata Ace Magics ply on Tezpur-Balipara route (rate Rs 15 per head). There is a daily Itanagar- Bomdila bus that passes through Balipara at around 11:00 AM. The bus is generally crowded.
Bomdila is a very small place and walking is the best way to get around the town. It is advisable to hire a taxi to go to the Upper Gompa. (about 4 KM by road, Rs. 100), Taxis can be hired from the Taxi Stand situated just beyond the main market. Tezpur to Dirang Sumo fare is Rs 350
There are three monasteries in and around Bomdila. Locals call them Gompa. It is always best to ask directions to Gompa than saying monastery.
Lower Gompa: This Gompa is situated just beyond the main market. The taxi stand and the Lower Gompa are situated on opposite ends of the main market. It is a very simple monastery. One can give it a miss if time is of the essence.
Middle Gompa: This Gompa is situated about 1.5 KM from the main market.
Upper GompaThis Gompa is the most majestic of the three. It is situated about 5 KM from from the Market. One can hire a taxi from the Taxi stand to go this Gompa.
Crafts Centre: Crafts centre is situated just opposite the Lower Gompa. Local handicrafts are showcased here.
Sikkim Restaurant: Main Market, Bomdila. Thukpa, Momo and Chowmein (Fried Noodles)available in both Veg. and Non-Veg. (Chicken, Pork, Beef and Fish). Dishes ranging from Rs. 50-80
Tsepal Yongjam: Main Market, Bomdila. Indian, Chinese and continental dishes. Ranging from Rs. 80-150