Bumla Pass is located 37 kms away from Tawang. It is one of the most off-beat passes in the world and is also known as the pass from where Dalai Lama entered India escaping from Tibet.
The road to Bum-la is also historical route in the sense that it is from here that the Chinese marched into India during the 1962 Sino-Indian war.
When to go
Avoid monsoons. Usually Feb-April is the best time to visit. Winter is not advised as the snow hinders the journey from Tezpur to Tawang at Sela Pass (13700 feet).
How to reach
Tezpur in the nearest airport. After reaching Tezpur one can hire a cab for Tawang( costing around 5k) or share a cab with others( 1500 each). A trip to Bum La costs 2000 rupees for a Tawang-Bum La-Tawang trip. It is noteworthy that Arunachal Pradesh is closed for foreigners and Indian citizens need a inner line permit to enter the state. For going to Bum La, permit should be taken from the DC office, and the same has to be stamped in the cantonment of Tawang. Please note that without the army stamp, you will not be allowed through the numerous check posts on the way. The army cantt. is open for civilians after 5 pm weekdays.
Bumla Pass is reachable only by road, after receieving special permits. It is 37 kms away from Tawang. From Tawang to Y-junction is a 22 Km distance which has a metalled road, the rest 15 Kms are gravel road. This road is one of the shortest connectivity points to China from Tawang (India). On the Chinese side, the nearest major town Tsonajong is 43 Kms from Bumla border post.