The weblog is contributed by one in every of our readers Sumit Misra who had not too long ago visited Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh. This lesser recognized vacation spot in Northeast India boasts its surreal panorama, unmatched tranquillity, and plenty of thrilling actions. The weblog takes us on exceptional sojourn and compel us to plan a visit as quickly as doable.
Operating for fundamental wants and managing matters by myself, millennial accountability took on me and I misplaced my ardour for nearly every part I beloved. Travelling, writing, and exploring nature turned the final matters I may give my time to. However after watching Fb movies of journey bloggers, my conscience pricked me and I needed to persuade myself to pack my baggage and tick off from my journey bucket listing the offbeat location in Arunachal Pradesh, “Mechuka-The Land of Magical Water & Snow”.
It began with a name from one in every of my journey buddies who referred to as me a couple of months again and requested me to plan a visit to this lesser recognized vacation spot of Northeast India. After tons of of calls and discussions we lastly determined to pack our baggage and did all the required bookings of fifth to ninth October 2019 to cowl each place in Mechuka.
The day lastly arrived and we had been uber thrilled for the journey. However as everyone knows ‘plan ok hisab se kuch nahi hota (matters don’t go as deliberate)’ is a real story, we struggled when our cab driver cancelled the journey on the final second. So, what was deliberate turned to unplanned one. The inside me didn’t need to hand over, so we enquired about different cabs and drivers and eventually discovered one within the afternoon. And as it’s mentioned ‘jo hota hai, ache ok liye hota hai (every part occurs for a motive)’ our driver Sameer was the most effective matter that would have occurred to our Mechuka journey and the journey started.
Be aware: We booked a cab from Dibrugarh (Assam), which charged us INR 20,00zero for Four days.
We began our journey from Dibrugarh (Assam) on the fifth of October at round 1:00 P.M and reached Jonai (Assam-Arunachal Border) from the place we needed to get hold of the ILP (Internal Line Allow) which is a should for everybody whoever needs to enter the state of Arunachal Pradesh. ILP could be obtained in any respect the examine gates from the place one can enter the state and in addition could be obtained on-line from the official web site of Arunachal Pradesh. After the ILP was handed to us, we headed in direction of ‘Aalo’ for an overstay on the resort. As soon as the check-in formality is finished, we unwinded ourselves and loved some historically cooked native meals.
After having our morning tea at one of many tea stalls, we had been again on the highway for Mechuka. Travelling for a couple of hours, we loved the breathtaking panorama, clicked footage and took selfies. Quickly we reached a spot referred to as Tato round 1:00pm and by then my abdomen was growling and my eyes noticed a stall, the place sizzling Maggie and tea was being served. After having the recent bowl of Maggie, we spent some good time at Siko Dido waterfall which is positioned at a distance of aprrox 50 meters from the stall. Falling from nice peak, this majestic waterfall was really mesmerising.
Belief me, the above image of the waterfall I’ve shared isn’t doing justice to what I noticed. After witnessing these fairly halfway falls, we once more headed to our vacation spot. The environment acquired prettier with every mile and we knew that we’re nearer to Mechuka. The second we reached the doorway of this stunning vacation spot, we had been blown by its ethereal greenery and hills lined with clouds. Whereas we had been busy sightseeing, we forgot that we needed to prepare a brand new homestay as a result of we began our journey late and as a result of last-minute cancellation, the resort rooms which we booked had been additionally cancelled. Therefore, all of us acquired into the cab and our driver with all his previous journey expertise made us go to the close by homestays and motels in Mechuka. We enquired however sadly, they had been virtually full for the day. This made us chew our nails questioning what would occur subsequent.
Sameer, our driver turned out to be our saviour right here as he took us to yet one more place to stay- the Yargepchu Homestay and fortunately, we discovered a room. The homestay is located on the financial institution of River Yargepchu and is owned and managed by a pair Lakma Sona and his spouse. This was our residence for the following three nights.
How can somebody miss to witness the dawn if you find yourself within the land of rising solar and staying at a spot located on the river financial institution was an added perquisite. So, we awakened early and acquired to witness an extremely mesmerising dawn and with this we began our day to find the most effective of Mechuka. After preparing with some heavy breakfast we headed to go to the vacationer sights of Mechuka.
Cease 1: The Hanuman Face
Stated to be centuries outdated, we witnessed the majestic Hanuman Face which is of course etched within the mountain. The options of a monkey face is clearly seen and we had been thrilled to establish every function and components of the Hanuman Face.
Cease 2: The Yarlung Camp
As soon as accomplished with witnessing the Hanuman Face, we headed to yet one more focal point, the Yarlung Camp which is located on the peak of 7394 toes from sea stage. The gate of the camp is the final level the place civilians are allowed with none particular permission. Nearly 20km from the gate is the Indo-China border the place we had been clearly not allowed however had been fortunate sufficient to satisfy our troopers of the camp. They supplied us tea however I used to be a bit hesitant after which my buddy mentioned ‘military walo ki chai bade nasib se milti hai bhai, mana mat kar’ to which all of us smiled and had some ‘Chai-pe-charcha’ with our heroes.
Be aware: Clicking footage and capturing movies is restricted within the space, so I couldn’t present any image of the Yarlung Camp. The image above was shot on our approach to the Yarlung Camp.
Cease 3: The Gurdwara and Taposthan
It’s mentioned, 400 years in the past when Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was on his approach to Tibet by means of Mechuka, he meditated on these two spots, one-is often known as Gurdwara which is taken care of and managed by Indian military and the opposite is named Taposthan which has an fascinating story. It’s believed whereas Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and his disciples had been meditating, a wild bear attacked them. A boulder lifted to save lots of Guru Nanak and right this moment the impression of Guru Nanak’s face could be seen on the large boulder.
Going ahead within the Taposthan, there’s a stunning waterfall the place the Guru is believed to have taken a shower.
Cease 4: Dzogchen Samten Choeling Monastery (New Gompa)
Located not very removed from Mechuka city, the brand new Gompa or the Dzogchen Samten Choeling Monastery is residence to a 10 toes statue of Guru Lhuhe Rigzin making it but another excuse to go to Mechuka. Upon reaching atop the monastery, the view of the Mechuka city could be fantastically seen.
Cease 5: The Dorjeeling Village
Crossing the Yargepchu River, the Dorjeeling Village is positioned approx 5 km from Mechuka city. This small scenic village with tiny little picket homes and a small Monastery, isn’t truly a vacationer spot however I’d recommend you to make a go to the place you may sit for a few hours and embrace the picturesque surrounding landscapes.
Cease 6: The Hanging Bridge
This can be a frequent sight throughout the Mechuka. These picket hanging bridges held by metal wires are utilized by locals to cross the river at completely different components of the city for every day conveyance to their respective villages. We crossed one such bridge and noticed horses throughout the sector. This very sight was unbelievable in itself.
Return to Homestay
Our journey of third day ended right here and we headed again to our homestay. The mesmerising sights of Mechuka’s exploration occupied our hearts. After enjoyable for some time, we went straight to the kitchen the place Lakma was ready for us and he launched us to the Memba type kitchen. The chef in me couldn’t management and I wore the digital hat and jumped into cooking in that folks type kitchen. Nice meals, good music, chilly evening together with chilled beer summed up an ideal finish of the day.
At the present time was all a few lazy begin since we lined a lot of the vital places in Mechuka. Since our friendship with Lakma grew robust final evening we took his Fascino and explored the native locations of Mechuka within the chilly morning with a bit drizzle. After having fun with the chilled morning experience, we got here to our resort and resolve to brew a cup of morning tea.
With none additional delay we acquired prepared for essentially the most awaited trekking expedition to Samten Yangchag Monastery also called Outdated Gompa. Located in 14kms away from Mechuka, the monastery is about 400 years outdated. One can solely attain the spot solely by trekking since driving vehicles on slim and unconstructed roads are dangerous. The trek was fairly lengthy however my journey buddies and their jokes saved us transferring. The perfect half in regards to the trek was witnessing Mechuka with completely different angles as each step made us see the mesmerising bits of the city.
The second we reached the spot, the very well-known adage ‘finest view comes after the toughest climbs’ displayed proper in entrance of my eyes amidst lush inexperienced panorama with clouds masking the hills and little drizzle. We reached there by 11:30AM and the caretaker of the monastery did his every day ritual of serving juice and snacks to the guests with out charging something. This was much-needed after the trek. The view saved us engrossed and I used to be having fun with each little bit of it together with having some intra private communication. I realised how the hullabaloo of huge cities and every day routine numbs an individual’s soul.
After spending greater than an hour and gaining all of the optimistic vibes we trekked down and reached our supply. We had half a day extra which we spent by enjoyable and strolling within the city and interacting with the locals. The folks listed here are very pleasant, they’ve rather a lot to enlighten vacationers with their tradition and custom. In any case these explorations, we went again to our homestay the place Lakma welcomed us with chilled beer, good meals and countless conversations.
With this our journey to Mechuka got here to an finish and went for a goodnight sleep. The following day we had been all set to face the every day challenges however with utter positivity, as a result of there’s all the time extra to each good matter and there’s all the time extra on this planet but to be explored.
The place is Mechuka?
Positioned in Shi-Yomi district of Arunachal Pradesh, Mechuka is approx 29km from McMahon Line that separates India from the Tibetan area of China. This surreal city of Arunachal Pradesh is understood for its pristine pure magnificence and landscapes. So, if you’re on the lookout for essentially the most picturesque locations to go to in Northeast India, it’s best to think about visiting Mechuka not less than as soon as in a lifetime.
Individuals in Mechuka
The mass in Mechuka are largely often known as Memba tribe. The oldsters right here primarily survive on fishing and agriculture and serve the incredible model of it to the travellers. When in Mechuka you breathe and eat every part FRESH. The hosts of each homestay serves a wide range of domestically made liquors comparable to Ara, Chang, Sen Chang (native beer) together with tasty native cuisines. Along with this, folks right here preaches Buddhism, Doni-Poloism and Christianity.
How you can attain Mechuka?
As it’s an offbeat vacation spot in Arunachal Pradesh, there isn’t any direct air and rail connectivity. The one very best approach to attain Mechuka is by highway.
Nearest Airports: You possibly can board a flight to Dibrugarh and from there ebook a cab to achieve Mechuka masking a distance of approx 436 km.
Lilabari Airport or North Lakhimpur Airport within the Lakhimpur district of Assam. From right here, you may rent a cab to achieve Mechuka Valley masking a distance of approx 487km.
Actions to Do in Mechuka Village
When in Mechuka, it’s best to bask in a few of the thrilling actions like tenting, trekking and river rafting.
Finest Time to Go to Mechuka
The climate stays nice from September to March. In the event you occur to go to Mechuka within the month of November, you’ll get a chance to witness the Mechuka Journey Competition. This occasion invitations vacationers and presents varied adventures and genuine meals. It snows within the month of December and January making Mechuka look extra stunning than ever.
The place to Keep in Mechuka?
Since Mechuka is without doubt one of the much less travelled locations in Northeast India the tourism right here isn’t should developed. At the moment there are not any motels or resorts within the city however the locals fulfill the aim by offering homestay facility in Mechuka (starting from INR 800/- to INR 2500/- per evening) to the guests which I imagine is a superb deal.
You will discover an inventory of homestays in Mechuka and different components of state from the official web site of Arunachal Pradesh.
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So, this was all about yet one more magical land of Unbelievable India. The great thing about Mechuka is one thing that must be felt as soon as in a lifetime. I’ve accomplished my half, however there are nonetheless extra to embrace and admire, which I’d absolutely do on my subsequent journey. In the event you too are trying ahead to go to the attractive offbeat vacation spot of Arunachal Pradesh, please pack your baggage and head to Mechuka to witness the hidden fantastic thing about India.
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