Arunachal Pradesh is perhaps the only State which has four major cats, tiger (Panthera tigress), leopard (Panthera pardus), clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) and snow leopard (Panthera uncia).
Some of the popular wildlife sanctuaries in Arunachal Pradesh are
Namdapha National park: Namdapha National Park is challenging, covering a wide range of altitudes from 200 m. to 4,500 m. The park largely inaccessible has diverse habitats and flora and fauna that are typical of this area. The predators include the tiger, leopard, the rare snow leopard and clouded leopard in the higher reaches of the hills. These include the endangered snow leopards, clouded leopards as well as red pandas and the red fox.
Mouling National Park: Mouling National Park was the second national park to be established in the State after Namdapha National Park. The park is named after a nearby peak with the same name which translates into ‘red blood’. This name comes from the red latex made by a tree species found here. The other wildlife sanctuaries are Pakhui, Itanagar, Papumpare District, Daying, Ering, Mehao , Kane, Eagle's Nest, Kamlang, Dibang, Sessa Orchid Sanctuary and Talley Valley Wild life Sanctuary.
Kane Wildlife Sanctuary: The Kane wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, known for the initiative aimed at preserving the wildlife of the State. The best time to visit the sanctuary is around the period of October to April. Visit the park to witness unique animals like wild felines and elephants in their natural habitats along with beautiful flora all around.
Daying Erring Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary: Daying Erring Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary is known to be the home to a variety of carnivores and herbivores like deer, langur, and water buffaloes. Spanning over an area of 190 square kilometres, the park is located in the East Sian district criss-crossed with the tributaries of rivers Siang and Sibiya. Arunachal Pradesh is a rich and diverse sanctuary of a variety of flora and fauna that can be observed from close quarters though these National Parks
By Air: Tezpur in Assam is the nearest airport at a distance of 180 km. Flights from Tezpur operate to Kolkata and Guwahati. Kolkata is well connected to most major domestic and international cities by air.
Regular buses from Tezpur are available to reach Bomdila. Taxis are also available from Tezpur and Kolkata to reach Bomdila.
By Rail: Tezpur is the nearest railhead close to Bomdila at a distance of 180 km. Buses and private taxis are available to reach Bomdila.
By Road: Bomdila can be reached by road from different parts of North East India. ASTC Buses are available from Tezpur and Itanagar to reach Bomdila.
The best time to visit Bomdila is between March and October. Bomdila has an alpine climate and remains on the lower end of the temperature range pretty much throughout the year. The summer months coincide with the peak tourist season. The temperature stays within a comfortable range of 20-32ºC during that time, so it is the ideal time to visit Bomdila.
Eating out in Bomdila, visit any of the small roadside Dhabas perched atop the edge of the road and you can choose from momos or Thukpa. The dumplings are served steamed or fried, stuffed with cabbage, minced chicken or pork. Thukpa is a nourishing noodle soup served with eggs and chicken and is a complete meal in itself. Savour authentic Tibetan cuisine at the local cafes here or if you are seeking a fine dining experience then head to restaurants like Dragon, Silver Oaks and Tsepal Yongjam. Indian and continental cuisines are also served in these restaurants, in addition to the local cuisine.
There are various places near Bomdila that you may visit on a day trip from Bomdila. Dirang, Bhalukpong, and Tawang are some of the nearby places that you must visit on your trip to Bomdila.
Sessa Orchid Sanctuary:
Part of the Kameng Protected Area Complex, Sessa Orchid Sanctuary houses over 200 species of orchids. The 100 sq km park is situated 22 km from Bomdila.
Dirang: Situated 42 km from Bomdila, Dirang is a small village famous for its fort. The picturesque village is also known for its hot water springs which are believed to have curative properties. The village is also home to the National Yak Research and Breeding Centre. Dirang is located 1497 metres above sea level.
Tawang: Seat of 400-year-old monastery, Tawang is holy site for Tibetan Buddhists and a prominent centre for Gelug or Gelugpa, the pre-eminent Buddhist school in Tibet. Tawang shares boundaries with Tibet in north, Bhutan in south west and Sela range of West Kameng in the East. Tawang holds strategic importance to India and is also the base of Parvat Ghatak School, the high-altitude commando school.
Craft Centre: One of the most famous places to visit in Bomdila, the craft centre has a rich collection of Tibetan carpets, thangka wall hangings, paintings, masks, etc. Carved wooden handicrafts are popular tourist buys. The craft museum also houses an ethnography museum. Collections of ethnographic research on the tribes of Arunachal are preserved here.
Eaglenest Wildlife sanctuary: The sanctuary is situated just at the outskirts of Bomdila. It houses over 454 bird species eagles, hawks, vultures, nighjars, accentors, etc. Eaglenest Wildlife sanctuary is a popular place to visit in Bomdila.
Tipi: Slightly away from Bomdila, Tipi is an orchid conservation centre housing exotic species of orchids.
Buddhist monasteries and Lower Gompa, Middle Gompa and upper Gompa are the prime attractions of the town.
Tibetan Monasteries In Arunachal, Bomdila:
These monasteries are the real reflections of the Tibetan origin and culture. People can find mountains surrounding the monasteries which offer a scenic view. The Gompa have large statues of the blue Medicine Buddha. This place is the home of Buddhist Lamas and monks.
Apple Orchards Of Bomdila, Bomdila
The apple orchards of Bomdila are quite famous among the tourists. The view of the garden fascinates people and makes them visit this place every time they plan a trip to Bomdila.
Kalachakra Gompa :
Kalachakra Gompa located above the village, Kalachakra Gompa is a 500 year old monastery in the Gelugpa School of Tibetan Buddhism.
Losar and Khan : Festival are the two important festivals in Bomdila.
Losar: is a New Year Festival for Monpas and is generally celebrated during end February or early March according to the Buddhist calendar. The celebrations last for approximately 8-15 days and the celebrations include cleaning homes to usher the new year and discarding the old.
Khan: Festival is another special event in Bomdila. An occasion of reunion, the basic significance of this festival is tying of a piece of wool by the priest around everybody’s neck. The sacred thread of wool is believed to bring good luck everyone.