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Bomdila Buddhist Monastery (Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh)

Bomdila is the headquarters of West Kameng district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Situated at 8000 feet above sea level it is the perfect place to view the brilliant landscape and snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas. It is a mini paradise with its apple orchards and in addition to its craft centre is also home to Bomdila Monastery which was founded in 1965 by the 12th reincarnate of Tsona Gontse Rinpoche.

The monastery is an imitation of the one called Tsona Gontse located at Tsona in South Tibet. The main prayer hall was added later by the 13th reincarnate of Tsona Gontse Rinpoche and was later sanctified by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama in 1997. Bomdila Monastery also comprises a temple of Lord Buddha and residential quarters for the monks. Also known as Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Lling Monastery, it is one of the most important centres of the Lamaistic faith of Mahayana Buddhism.

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