Running for fundamental desires and dealing with matters on my own, millennial duty took on me and I misplaced my ardour for nearly everything I loved. Travelling, writing, and exploring nature have become the final matters I ought to provide my time to. But after looking at Facebook motion pictures of tour bloggers, my moral sense pricked me and I needed to persuade myself to % my baggage and tick off from my tour bucket listing the offbeat place in Arunachal Pradesh, “Mechuka-The Land of Magical Water & Snow”.
It all commenced with a name from one of all my tour friends who are known as me some months returned and requested me to devise an experience to this lesser-recognized vacation spot of Northeast India. After masses of calls and discussions, we subsequently determined to per cent our luggage and did all of the essential bookings from fifth to ninth October 2019 to cowl each area in Mechuka.
The day subsequently arrived and we had been uber pleased with the experience. But as all of us know ‘plan ok hisab se kuch nahi hota (matters don’t cross as deliberate)’ is a real story, we struggled whilst our cab motive force cancelled the go for holiday at the closing moment. So, what turned into deliberate grew to become to unplanned one. The internal me didn’t need to present up, so we enquired approximately different cabs and drivers and subsequently located one withinside the afternoon. And as its miles said ‘jo hota hai, pain ok liye hota hai (the entirety takes place for a reason)’ our motive force Sameer turned into the high-quality element that would have occurred to our Mechuka experience and the adventure began.
We began out our adventure from Dibrugarh (Assam) on the fifth of October at around 1:00 P.M and reached Jonai (Assam-Arunachal Border) from wherein we needed to achieve the ILP (Inner Line Permit) that is a have to for absolutely each person whoever desires to input the nation of Arunachal Pradesh. ILP may be acquired at all of the take-ups a look at gates from wherein you’ll input the nation and additionally may be acquired online from the reliable internet site of Arunachal Pradesh. After the ILP become exceeded us, we headed towards ‘Aalo’ for an overstay on the lodge. Once the take a look at-in formality is carried out, we unwinded ourselves and loved a few historically cooked nearby food.
After having our morning tea at one of the tea stalls, we have been returned to the street for Mechuka. Travelling for some hours, we loved the breathtaking landscape, clicked photographs and took selfies. Soon we reached an area known as Tato around 1:00 pm and through then my belly become growling and my eyes noticed a stall, wherein warm Maggie and tea become being served. After having the recent bowl of Maggie, we spent a few proper times at Siko Dido waterfall which is placed at a distance of approx 50 meters from the stall. Falling from brilliant height, this majestic waterfall becomes absolutely mesmerising.
Trust me, the above image of the waterfall I actually have shared isn’t always doing justice to what I noticed. After witnessing those quite halfway falls, we once more headed to our destination. The environment was given prettier with every mile and we knew that we were toward Mechuka. The second we reached the doorway of this stunning destination, we have been blown through its airy greenery and hills protected with clouds. While we have been busy sightseeing, we forgot that we needed to set up a brand new homestay due to the fact we began our adventure overdue and because of the remaining-minute cancellation, the lodge rooms which we booked have been additionally cancelled. Hence, all of us were given into the cab and our motive force with all his beyond journey revel in made us go to the close by homestays and motels in Mechuka. We enquired however unfortunately, they have been nearly complete for the day. This made us chunk our nails thinking about what could manifest next.
Sameer, our motive force grew to become to be our saviour right here as he took us to some other area to stay- the Yargepchu Homestay and luckily, we observed a room. The homestay is located on the financial institution of River Yargepchu and is owned and controlled by a pair of Lakma Sona and his wife. This becomes our domestic for the subsequent 3 nights.
How can a person leave out to witness the dawn whilst you are withinside the land of growing solar and staying at an area located on the river financial institution become a brought prerequisite? So, we wakened early and were given to witness a really mesmerising dawn and with this, we began our day to find out the nice of Mechuka. After getting geared up with a few heavy breakfasts we headed to go to the traveller sights of Mechuka.
Stop 1: The Hanuman Face
Said to be centuries old, we witnessed the majestic Hanuman Face that is certainly etched withinside the mountain. The functions of a monkey face are in reality seen and we have been pleased to discover every characteristic and component of the Hanuman Face.
Stop 2: The Yarlung Camp
Once carried out with witnessing the Hanuman Face, we headed to some other factor of interest, the Yarlung Camp which is located at the peak of 7394 ft from sea level. The gate of the camp is the remaining factor wherein civilians are allowed with no unique permission. Just approximately 20km from the gate is the Indo-China border wherein we have been glaringly now no longer allowed however have been fortunate sufficient to fulfil our squaddies of the camp. They provided us tea however I become a chunk hesitant after which my pal said ‘military walo ki chai bade nasib se milti hai bhai, mana mat kar’ to which all of us smiled and had a few ‘Chai-pe-charcha’ with our heroes.
Note: Clicking photographs and taking pictures motion pictures is limited withinside the area, so I couldn’t offer any image of the Yarlung Camp. The image above become shot on our manner to the Yarlung Camp.
Stop 3: The Gurdwara and Taposthan
It is said, four hundred years in the past whilst Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji become on his manner to Tibet via Mechuka, he contemplated those spots, one is called Gurdwara which is looked after and controlled by the Indian military and the opposite is known as Taposthan which has a thrilling story. It is assumed at the same time as Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and his disciples have been meditating, a wild endure attacked them. A boulder was lifted to store Guru Nanak and these days the influence of Guru Nanak’s face may be visible on the massive boulder.
Going ahead withinside the Taposthan, there may be a stunning waterfall wherein the Guru is assumed to have taken a bath.
Stop 4: Dzogchen Samten Choeling Monastery (New Gompa)
Situated now no longer very some distance from Mechuka metropolis, the brand new Gompa or the Dzogchen Samten Choeling Monastery is domestic to a ten ft statue of Guru Lhuhe Rigzin making it but some other purpose to go to Mechuka. Upon accomplishing atop the monastery, the view of the Mechuka metropolis may be superbly visible.
Stop five: The Darjeeling Village
Crossing the Yargepchu River, the Darjeeling Village is placed approx five km from the Mechuka metropolis. This small scenic village with tiny little wood homes and a small Monastery, isn’t always, in reality, a traveller spot however I could advise you to make a go-to wherein you may take a seat down for multiple hours and embody the picturesque surrounding landscapes.
Stop 6: The Hanging Bridge
This is a not unusual place sight all over the Mechuka. These timber-putting bridges held through metal wires are utilized by locals to pass the river at extraordinary components of the city for each day’s conveyance to their respective villages. We crossed one such bridge and noticed horses all over the field. This very sight becomes super in itself.
Return to Homestay
Our adventure of the third day ended right here and we headed returned to our homestay. The mesmerising points of interest of Mechuka’s exploration occupied our hearts. After enjoyable for a while, we went instantly to the kitchen wherein Lakma become anticipated us and he added us to the Memba fashion kitchen. The chef in me couldn’t manage and I wore the digital hat and jumped into cooking in that people fashion kitchen. Great meals, the right music, and cold nighttime at the side of chilled beer summed up an extremely good give-up of the day.
This day become approximately a lazy beginning due to the fact we blanketed a maximum of the crucial places in Mechuka. Since our friendship with Lakma grew sturdy closing night time we took his Fascino and explored the neighbourhood locations of Mechuka withinside the bloodless morning with a touch drizzle. After taking part in the chilled morning ride, we got here to our motel and determine to brew a cup of morning tea.
Without any similarly put off we were given prepared for the maximum awaited hiking excursion to Samten Yangchag Monastery additionally called Old Gompa. Situated in 14kms far from Mechuka, the monastery is ready four hundred years old. One can handiest attain the spot handiest through hiking due to the fact using automobiles on slim and unconstructed roads are risky. The trek become pretty lengthy however my tour friends and their jokes saved us from moving. The first-rate element approximately the trek become witnessing Mechuka with extraordinary angles as each step made us see the mesmerising bits of the city.
The second we reached the spot, the very well-known adage ‘first-rate view comes after the toughest climbs’ displayed properly in front of my eyes amidst a lush inexperienced panorama with clouds protecting the hills and little drizzle. We reached there at 11:30 AM and the caretaker of the monastery did him each day ritual of serving juice and snacks to the traffic without charging anything. This becomes much-wished after the trek. The view saved us engrossed and I become taking part in each little bit of it aside from having a few intra-private communication. I realised how the hullabaloo of massive towns and each day recurring numbs a person’s soul.
After spending greater than an hour and gaining all of the nice vibes we trekked down and reached our source. We had 1/2 of an afternoon greater which we spent enjoyable and taking walks withinside the city and interacting with the locals. The human beings right here are very friendly, they have got loads to enlighten vacationers with their tradition and tradition. After this kind of exploration, we went returned to our homestay wherein Lakma welcomed us with chilled beer, the right meals and countless conversations.
With this, our adventure to Mechuka got here to give up and went for a goodnight’s sleep. On a subsequent day we have been ready to stand each day demanding situations however with utter positivity, due to the fact there’s constantly greater to each right element and there’s constantly greater withinside the global but to be explored.
People in Mechuka
The mass in Mechuka is in large part called the Memba tribe. The oldsters right here particularly continue to exist on fishing and agriculture and serve the brilliant model of it to the travellers. When in Mechuka you breathe and consume a whole lot of FRESH. The hosts of each homestay serve numerous regionally made liquors which include Ara, Chang, and Sen Chang (neighbourhood beer) at the side of tasty neighbourhood cuisines. In addition to this, human beings right here preach Buddhism, Doni-Poloism and Christianity.
How to reach Mechuka?
As it’s miles an offbeat vacation spot in Arunachal Pradesh, there may be no direct air and rail connectivity. The handiest first-rate viable manner to attain Mechuka is through the road.
Nearest Airports: You can board a flight to Dibrugarh and from the their ee-e book a cab to attain Mechuka protecting a distance of approx 436 km.
Lilabari Airport or North Lakhimpur Airport withinside the Lakhimpur district of Assam. From right here, you may lease a cab to attain Mechuka Valley protecting a distance of approx 487k.
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Best Time to Visit Mechuka
The climate stays excellent from September to March. If you occur to go to Mechuka withinside the month of November, you’ll get the possibility to witness the Mechuka Adventure Festival. This occasion invitations vacationers and gives diverse adventures and genuine food. It snows withinside the month of December and January making Mechuka’s appearance extra stunning than ever.
Where to Stay in Mechuka?
Since Mechuka is one of the much less travelled locations in Northeast India the tourism right here isn’t ought to develop. Currently, there aren’t any inns or lodges withinside the city however the locals satisfy the cause with the aid of using imparting homestay facility in Mechuka (starting from INR 800/- to INR 2500/- consistent with night) to the site visitors which I accept as true with is an exceptional deal.
You can discover a listing of homestays in Mechuka and different elements of the nation from the professional internet site of Arunachal Pradesh.
So, this changed into all approximately but some other magical land of Incredible India. The splendour of Mechuka is something that desires to be felt as soon as in a lifetime. I actually have performed my part, however, there are nevertheless extra to embody and admire, which I might definitely do on my subsequent ride. If you too are searching ahead to go to the excellent offbeat vacation spot of Arunachal Pradesh, please per cent your baggage and head to Mechuka to witness the hidden splendour of India. If you’ve got already been to Mechuka, do proportion your revel in withinside the remark segment below. Also, don’t overlook to proportion the weblog together along with your close to and expensive ones, as it’d assist them to plan a ride to Mechuka.
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Content Writer: Surbhi Mehrotra