Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh the Magical destination in Northeast India.

Located in Shi-Yomi district of Arunachal Pradesh, Mechuka is approx 29km from McMahon Line that separates India from the Tibetan region of China. This surreal town of Arunachal Pradesh is known for its pristine natural beauty and landscapes. So, if you are looking for the most picturesque places to visit in Northeast India, you should consider visiting Mechuka at least once in a lifetime.

With its vast meadows, snow-capped mountains, undulating brown hills, evergreen pine forests, graceful horses running wild, mystical low-hanging clouds, the bluest skies, and the merriest river, Mechuka is a visual extravagance.

How to reach Mechuka?

As it is an offbeat destination in Arunachal Pradesh, there is no direct air and rail connectivity. The only best possible way to reach Mechuka is by road.

Nearest Airports: You can board a flight to Dibrugarh and from there book a cab to reach Mechuka covering a distance of approx 436 km.

Places to explore.

1) Dzogchen Samten Choeling Monastery (New Gompa)

Situated not very far from Mechuka town, the new Gompa or the Dzogchen Samten Choeling Monastery is home to a 10 feet statue of Guru Lhuhe Rigzin making it yet another reason to visit Mechuka. Upon reaching atop the monastery, the view of the Mechuka town can be beautifully seen.

2) The Yarlung Camp

Yarlung Camp which is situated at the height of 7394 feet from sea level. The gate of the camp is the last point where civilians are allowed without any special permission. Just about 20km from the gate is the Indo-China border

3) The Gurdwara and Taposthan

It is said, 400 years ago when Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was on his way to Tibet through Mechuka, he meditated on these two spots, one-is known as Gurdwara which is taken care of and managed by Indian army and the other is called Taposthan which has an interesting story. It is believed while Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and his disciples were meditating, a wild bear attacked them. A boulder lifted to save Guru Nanak and today the impression of Guru Nanak’s face can be seen on the huge boulder.
Going forward in the Taposthan, there is a beautiful waterfall where the Guru is believed to have taken a bath.

4) The Dorjeeling Village

Crossing the Yargepchu River, the Dorjeeling Village is located approx 5 km from Mechuka town. This small scenic village with tiny little wooden houses and a small Monastery is not actually a tourist spot but do make a visit where you can sit for a couple of hours and embrace the picturesque surrounding landscapes

5) Samten Yangchag Monastery

Samten Yangchag Monastery also known as Old Gompa. Situated in 14kms away from Mechuka, the monastery is about 400 years old. One can only reach the spot only by trekking since driving cars on narrow and unconstructed roads are risky.

mechuka landscape

Best Time to Visit Mechuka

The weather remains pleasant from September to March. If you happen to visit Mechuka in the month of November, you will get an opportunity to witness the Mechuka Adventure Festival. This event invites tourists and offers various adventures and authentic food. It snows in the month of December and January making Mechuka look more beautiful than ever.

Note: It is important to have an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to enter Arunachal Pradesh. You can apply for this online by click here for Rs.100 or get it over the counter if you’re landing into Guwahati airport in Assam for Rs.400. It is important to declare which district and destination in Arunachal you’re heading to as the permit varies accordingly.

Find your Stay at Mechuka

You can find a list of homestays in Mechuka and other parts of the state from the official website of Arunachal Pradesh Tourism.

Other Tourism Places in Arunachal Pradesh:

  1. Tawang
  2. Ziro
  3. Mayodia
  4. Tezu and Parshuram Kund
  5. Dibang Valley
  6. Dong Valley (that sees India’s First sunrise)
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