An ultimate guide to the Major Sightseeing Places in Mechuka Valley

Mechuka is a picturesque town in the remote West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh. This charming little bowl shaped valley is surrounded by mountains and is a must visit place.

Many tourists just wrap up their stay by hanging around the town and visiting the New Gompa (Samden Choelling Gompa) but there is more to the valley just than the town. The Valley has many beautiful places just outside the town.

The Ultimate guide to the major sightseeing places in Mechuka.

1. Visit the last village, Tongkor La of Mechuka Valley

One must visit this place, Tongkor La the last village of Mechuka Town where the road disappear into the mountains. The village is a tiny one with only 4-5 houses and a small Gompa. The mountains feels like rolling forever, coloring the valley with green in summer, a beautiful golden in the winter and a white wonderland in peak winter.

How to Get there: Rent a bike/car

Direction: Mechuka Town-Segong Village-Take the right- Follow the Tongkor La Distance Sign on your right

2. Take a bike/car ride through the scenic pine forests from Mechuka to Segong village

The road from the Mechuka town to Segong village is a beautiful one. Segong is 9 kms from The Town. When you leave the town, the road changes dramatically, first comes the beautiful plains on each side. Then as one leaves the plains, beautiful tall pine forests on either side can be seen. The road has a ghost like feeling given it is very secluded, not a single soul or any other vehicle can be seen or heard which makes this ride very captivating.

How to Get There: Rent a bike/car

Direction: Mechuka Town-Segong-Tongkor La

3. Get an up close of the Indo-China Border, Yarlung View

Mechuka is very close to the Indo-China Border, around 30 kms from the town. Yarlung is the last stop/checkpoint and this is as far one can go. Tourists can hang around the checkpoint. If you still want to see the border, one can fill up some special paperwork in the ADC office in Mechuka Town. After submitting the paperwork, you will be escorted by an army official to the border.

How to Get There: Rent a bike/car

Direction: Mechuka Town-Segong- Head straight-Follow the Yarlung Distance Sign

4. Search for the Hanuman Face

On the way to Yarlung, one can a huge face-like carved into the heart of a mountain. It is believed to be the face of Lord Hanuman, one of the many Gods in Hindu Mythology.

How to Get There: Rent a bike/car

Direction: Mechuka Town-Segong- Head straight-Follow the Hanuman Face Distance Sign

5. Dip your toes in the sacred water of Neh Pema Shelphu (Guruduwara)

One can also visit the Guruduwara on the way to Yarlung. The Guruduwara is maintained by the Army where they come to worship. There is a waterfall whose water is believed to be sacred by the people. People also believe the stones found in the river can tell a lot about one’s life.

How to Get There: Rent a bike/car

Direction: Mechuka Town-Segong- Head straight-Follow the Guruduwara Distance Sign

6. Visit the oldest Gompa in India, Samden Yangcha Monastery

This is a must visit place in Mechuka. The Gompa is located high in the mountains in the Segong village. It’s the oldest Gompa in India built around 16th century even older than the Tawang Monastery (b. 17th century). Take a car or trek from the Segong village to the Gompa. One can experience a beautiful trek to the Gompa with pine tree vegetation and the serenity of Mother Nature.

The Gompa has many Guru Padmasambhava statues and other statues. The views from the Gompa is also exceptional. One can see the Mechuka Town and Segong village from above.

How to Get There: Rent a bike/car or Trek

Direction: Mechuka Town-Segong- Take the first two right till you get to an Iron bridge-Head straight

7. Visit the charming Dorjeeling Village

One must visit this charming little village in Mechuka. One can go by the road or trek by crossing the Dorjeeling Mountain. The village is tiny compared to Mechuka Town. Millet, Peach vegetation and other varieties of vegetables can be seen grown in Dorjeeling. One can also trek to the beautiful Rinjinling mountains from Dorjeeling.

How to Get There: Rent a bike/car or Trek

Direction: Mechuka Town-Bumjipanga bridge-Dorjeeling Village

8. A tiny Gompa in Dorjeeling, Dorjeeling Gompa

This tiny Gompa, is in the Dorjeeling Village at the end of the village. The people of Dorjeeling come here to worship. The Gompa is surrounded by plains and pine forests. It is a must visit if you go to Dorjeeling.

How to Get There: Rent a bike/car

Direction: Mechuka Town-Bumjipanga bridge-Dorjeeling Village