Menchuka - Shangri La of North East
cool breeze coming through my left side window listening my favorite play list on my earphone. Our tata sumo riding through nude chest of wild arunachal. Lashing green goddess of untouchable beauty seducing me by dancing with his invisible partner of air. I am sitting in front enjoying the raw beauty till jimmy's hand shake my shoulder and shouted "JAHAPANA' don't forget we are also seating behind you to enjoy music and nature. Jimmy is our coolest guitarist friend. He is the last person to join in our plan from his busy schedule on my request. Actually he is not wanderer like rest of us . his only wish to seat on a cliff of snow covered mountain and play his guitar.
last night we planned to start at 7 am as we have to cover around 290 km in hilly region. When you have a guitarist friend and a loquacious person like arif in your gang special in hill station how could you sleep early in bed. As usual we just manage to starts our day at 10'o clock from aalo to our destination Mechukha, Scotland of India.
Let's come to information section we'll continue our story later on.
How to Reach-
By Air- Either you can fly to Dibrugarh airport (around 450 km from mechuka) or Guwahati airport (around 880km).
By Train - Either you can go to Guwahati Railway station (around 450 km from mechuka) or Dibrugarh Railway Station (around 440 km from mechuka).
One can hire car from here to mechuka via silapathar. From Silapathar there is two way either you can go via pasighat-aalo route or you can take 50 km shorter route via likabali-aalo to mechuka. You can also hire car from silapathar or pasighat to mechuka.
By car - One car hire car to mechuka via tezpur-naharlagun-north lakhimpur-silapathar-aalo route or dibrugarh-pasighat-aalo route.
By train - there is two option one is upto naharlagun station by Shatabdi Exp(12088) or Donyi Polo Exp (15617) and second option is upto murkongselek (MZS) railway station by Lachit Exp (15613). For my opinion second option which we took is more convenient and budget friendly than rest of all route.
Most convenient route
Lachit Exp (named after great warrior lachit borphukan) runs everyday at 20.30 from kamakhya junction (7 km only from Guwahati junction) to Murkongselek station (which is 52 km to pasighat). We took Lachit Exp from Kamakhya junction and board at silapathar railway station next morning at 6.05 am on right time.Last night we arrived at kamakhya junction just 1 hr before our warrior train departs. how we just manage to save our journey we'll discuss later on.