Bumla Pass is located about 37 kms away from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, at the Indo-China border above 16,500 ft above sea level and often covered with heavy snow through out the year. It is one of the most off-beat passes in the world and is also referred to as the pass from where Dalai Lama entered India escaping from Tibet.
The road to Bumla is also a historical route, the Chinese army marched into India during the 1962 Sino-Indian war.
In 2006, Bumla pass was re-opened to traders for the first time in 44 years. Traders from both sides of the pass were permitted to enter each other’s territories, in addition to postal workers from each country.
How to reach:
To visit Arunachal Pradesh, start from Guwahati or Tezpur in Assam. One can hire a cab for Tawang (costing around Rs.5000) or share a cab with others( 1500 each). A trip to Bum La costs Rs.2000 for a Tawang-Bum La-Tawang trip. Bumla Pass is reachable only by road.On the Chinese side, the nearest major town Tsonajong is 43 Kms from Bumla border post.
When to go there:
Usually Feb-April is the best time to visit. Avoid monsoons and winter.
A special permit is required to visit Bumla Pass. The Permits can be requested at the Office of the Deputy Commissioner in Tawang, and the same has to be stamped in the Indian army cantonment of Tawang. Please note that without the army stamp, you will not be allowed through the numerous check posts on the way.
Always carry a Government approved Photo Identity Card (Voter’s ID, Driving License etc) with you and carry along 2 to 3 copies of passport photographs. Indian citizens is require to obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) and Foreigners need to apply for Protected Area Permit (PAP) to visit Arunachal Pradesh.