Beyond Tawang & Ziro, This Place in Arunachal Pradesh Deserves A Place in Your Bucketlist

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Tucked away in the easternmost corner of India, this hidden gem beckons you with its irresistible charm.

Picture yourself surrounded by emerald-green valleys that stretch as far as the eye can see, their tranquility interrupted only by the majestic peaks standing tall against the azure sky. Explore untamed wilderness as you traverse untouched trails, immersing yourself in nature's embrace.

And oh, the rivers! They dance and glisten, inviting you to embark on thrilling white-water rafting adventures. As you delve deeper, you'll discover a tapestry of indigenous cultures, where vibrant festivals ignite the air with their joyful energy and traditional dances spin tales of ancient traditions.

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Menchuka (Also known as Mechuka) is a tranquil paradise nestled at 1890 mtrs near Mac Mohan Line. Meaning "medicinal water ice" in the local language, this Himalayan gem enchants with snow-capped peaks, Buddhist Gompas, Gurudwara, and warm hospitality. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Tibetan festivals, including the revered Losar celebration that marks the start of a new year.

Prepare for adventure as Mechuka offers gushing rivers perfect for kayaking and rafting, with the Siang River providing a breathtaking backdrop as it flows through the valley. Delve into the fascinating cultures of the Memba, Ramo, Bokar, and Libo tribes, adding a touch of authenticity to your journey.

Menchuka has a myriad of options for a quaint holiday, where one can embrace nature and its magic.

How to reach Mechuka?

To reach Mechukha, you have a few options:

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Via Dibrugarh: Fly or take a train to Dibrugarh, then a taxi to Aalo (around 7 hours). The next day, continue by taxi to Mechukha (7-8 hours). Start early to account for road work delays.

Via Guwahati: Fly or take a train to Guwahati. From there, take the Lachit Express to Silapathar and a taxi to Aalo. Stay overnight in Aalo and drive to Mechukha the next day. Alternatively, take the Donyi Polo Express to Naharlagun, then a taxi to Itanagar, followed by another cab to Aalo. After a night halt, proceed to Mechukha.

Via Pasighat: If weather permits, a helicopter flies twice a week (Monday and Friday) from Naharlagun to Mechukha via Pasighat and Aalo under the UDAAN scheme. The approximate cost is Rs 3,500.

Best time to visit:

The best season to visit Mechukha is during non-monsoon periods, as the weather can be unpredictable. October - May are the best months as the state receives almost little rainfall and the weather is usually warmer during the summer than other months. However, October - February is when winter hits the state. It is best for the ones who enjoy chilled winter getaways.

Things to do in Mechuka:

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1. Spend some time at the Samten Yongcha Monastery

This is a must-visit 400-year-old Monastery in Mechuka, perched atop a hill. Immerse yourself in ancient Buddhist art, including figurines and murals by Guru Padmasambhava. Don't forget to spot the rare Mechuka giant flying squirrel, found here too.

2. Explore the beauty of Dorjeeling Village

No trip to Mechuka is complete without a visit to the scenic Dorjeeling Village. Accessible via the Yargepchu River, it charms with wooden houses, a hermitage, and picturesque hanging bridges.

3. Visit the Guru Nanak Taposthan

This spot has a sacred cave attributed to Guru Nanak. The ancient cave holds a rock bearing his turban impressions, where he meditated during his journey to Tibet.

4. Visit the Yarlung Army Camp

Located at 7,394 feet, you can explore the spot till the camp gate, but special permissions may be needed for the Indo-China border. Meet soldiers and spot an IAF plane if fortunate.

5. Explore Aalo

Nestled by the Yomgo and Sipu Rivers, Aalo is adored by adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. Foreigners flock here for thrilling activities like river rafting, hiking, and trekking. The region is also renowned for its handlooms and exquisite bamboo crafts crafted by local tribes.

Where to stay in Mechuka?

While Mechuka can be covered in a single day trip, here are some options for people willing to stay and immerse in the quaint village.

1. Hotel Kenjin

Located near General Hospital, Aalo, this hotel is one for the ones looking for a reasonable option to stay around the area.

Address - 5R74+457, Opp. Aalo General Hospital, Aalo, Arunachal Pradesh 791001

Phone: 03783222031/9436056016

2. Hotel Minta

Another great option for people who wish to stay in the area. The hotel also offers bargain prices at the reception.

Address: near Bajaj dealer, Siyom Colony, Aalo, Arunachal Pradesh 791001

Phone: 8794644303

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