At an elevation of 5,000 m above the sea level, the Bum La Pass marks the Indo-China border. A prominent attraction of Arunachal Pradesh, the place is a must visit but only when you have the special permit from Office of the Deputy Commissioner in Tawang District, and then Indian army cantonment of Tawang. The place instantly evokes a feeling of patriotism, especially after watching soldiers protecting the border that too in such nerve-wracking weather condition. Also, it was through this pass, Dalai Lama entered India.
Bumla Pass is accessible only by permission. For the permits, you to need to visit the Office of the Deputy Commissioner in Tawang District and then Indian army cantonment of Tawang.If there will be army stamp, you will not be allowed through the numerous check posts on the way.To reach Bumla Pass for sightseeing, it would be a good idea to travel on a clear day, with no scope of snowfall or rainfall, and hire an SUV as the trek is treacherous.
Bumla Pass has witnessed many memorable events that make it a special one in the history of India. When on a visit to Bumla Pass, make a point to see the route from where Dalai Lama entered India to take a refuge. Also, there's a lake called Sangestar Tso, which is worth a watch. Make a point to get a picture clicked, and place a pebble stone in front of the Heap of Stones, which is a tribute to the Indian Army guardians of the border.
You can also see the Indo-China Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) Point, which is one of the four meeting points between Indian Army and People's Liberation Army of China for regular consultations and interaction.
The best time to visit here will be summers, and too when there's no sign of rain. Also, you will have to take special permit from Office of the Deputy Commissioner in Tawang District and Indian army cantonment of Tawang.