• Wed. May 22nd, 2024


Popularly known as ‘Land of the Dawn-lit-Mountains’, Arunachal Pradesh is India’s remotest state and the first Indian soil to greet the rising sun.

India’s very own Bomdila Monastery, also known as Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Lling Monastery, is a prominent Buddhist monastery situated in the town of Bomdila in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh in India. Nestled amidst the stunning Himalayan landscapes, this monastery offers a tranquil and spiritually enriching experience.

Founded in 1965 by the 12th reincarnate of Tsona Gontse Rinpoche, Bomdila Monastery belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

The monastery is renowned for its serene surroundings, vibrant prayer flags and the picturesque view of the Himalayan ranges it provides.

             Photo: Upper Siang river

The surrounding areas, with their panoromic views and pleasant climate, attract tourists to visit Bomdila Monastery for having a serene and spiritually uplifting experience and seeking solace and cultural exploration in the northeastern part of India.

The landmark does not belong to a single city limit.
You will find the exact location of Bomdila on the Indian map very prominently.

Bomdila is a city en route to Tawang near the India-China border. It has all the facilities of a modern city.It is located at 3000 m about sea level.

Marking the start of spring and the first day of the lunar calendar, Losar is a popular festival of Arunachal Pradesh. It is celebrated by the people of Monpa Tribe who are said to be inhabitants of Arunachal Pradesh since 500 BC. Monpa Tribe practices agriculture and animal husbandry and follows Buddhist religion.

Nature lovers love Bomdila View Point, as views from here are spectacular. The highest point here offers breathtaking views of the landscape around Nechipu Pass.

R.R. Hill is yet another important tourist attraction being Bomdila’s highest point. Apart from the scenic landscape that is the specialty of Bomdila, you could also view the road that leads to Tawang and to Bhutan’s border.

Addressing a public rally in Namsai today, the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says,“China has changed the names of three places of Arunachal Pradesh and posted on its website. I want to tell my neighbour that nothing is going to happen by changing the names”.

Months back I travelled to Arunachal Pradesh and during my visit I stayed at Tawang. When I asked the local people about China’s ugly attempt to renaming some places of Arunachal then they reacted very firmly.

Bablu, a local driver of Tawang told me-

“Arunachal Pradesh is part of India and people of Arunachal are very much Indians. That’s the end of it, and there is no reason for anyone living in India to support such questionable action of another nation.When will this madness stop?”

“Residents of Arunuchal are as Pro Indians as a Tamil or a Punjabi or a Bengali or a Kashmiri”.Zeni, a fruit seller of Bomdila said.

“Army keep us safe here.We have full faith in our Armed Forces.”
Miram, a student of Upper Siang district of Arunachal shared.

Reacting to the attempt by China India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar earlier said, “If today I change the name of your house, will it become mine? Arunachal Pradesh was, is and will always be a state of India. Changing names does not have any effect.”

“Our army is deployed at the Line of Actual Control,” Jaishankar was quoted as saying, by the news agency ANI.

(Author is a Senior Journalist working for British Media with 20 years of experience in covering the east and northeast, with specialisation in Defence and Sports.In her illustrated career she has covered many major events and achieved International and National media awards for Journalism)

Photo Courtesy:  tourmyindia.com 

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