What to Do and See In Mechuka Town

Mechuka Town is a small one but there is plenty of things to do and see around the the Town. A tour of the picturesque landscape of the town will surely leave you stunned. Pretty little shops and restaurants will keep your evenings interesting. In this article we will tell you all about the things you can do and see in Mechuka Town.

Top 8 Things to Do and See In Mechuka Town

1. Visit the New Gompa (Samden Choelling Monastery)

The New Gompa sits atop the mountain just outside the town. The pleasant 2 km walk from the town to the Gompa will refresh you. It is very peaceful in the Gompa and hardly crowded. You will get to see the entire town from the top. The views are amazing from the Gompa. You can also trek to this Gompa and walk side by side with Nature.

Click here to read all about the Trekking to Old Gompa.

2. Try to walk straight on the Hanging Bridges

Mechuka Town resides along side the mighty Yargyap Chu river. Numerous Hanging Bridges connect the Town to it’s nearby villages. It can be scary at first but once you get over the fear you will feel amazing. The bridges are long, made of wood and can be quite an experience.

3. Stroll around the Town

The Town of Mechuka is a charming one with beautiful landscapes to fill your eyes. Just strolling around this quiet town is a sightseeing in itself. The beautiful wooden houses with it’s brightly colored roofs are very aesthetic. Every House in Mechuka Town is build with timber each slightly different from the other one but equally adorable. The cheerful vibes of this town and countryside will make you want to leave everything and settle down here.

4. Indulge in Delicious Food

There are many restaurants in the Town and it’s mandatory go restaurant hopping. Most of the restaurants serves momos and noodles. Our editor’s top picks are

a) Yeshi Restaurant: A fancy little restaurant along the Mechuka Airstrip. The interior is warm and pleasant. Momos and Noodles are the best in this restaurant.

b) A Bengali Restaurant in the heart of the town, opposite to the State Bank is the only Indian restaurant you will find in the Town. Rice thali, snacks like samosas and Indian sweets are available here. If you are craving Indian food in this heavily Tibetan influenced Town, this restaurant is your go to.

c) Samden Restaurant: It’s very cold in Mechuka and you need a hot cup of tea with hot Pakodas to spice up your evening. Samden Restaurant is the only one in the town to serve hot Pakodas with delicious spicy red chutney.

5. Go Shopping

Be it shopping for warm clothes, souvenirs to take home or traditional wine, the little town of Mechuka has much to offer. The little clothing shops sell traditional to fancy clothes. GTL Souvenir Shop is the best one to shop for gifts and souvenirs in the town. There are many wine shops too in the town.

6. Go Fishing

One can go Fishing on the river bank of Yargyap Chu. You can buy fishing rods at the market place or make your own traditional bamboo fishing rods. There are plenty of bamboo sticks along the river bank, you can make one right there on the river bank.

7. Play Football with the Local kids

Football is huge in Mechuka, every one from a kid to adult play football in Mechuka. Kids wearing their favorite jerseys with big smiles heading towards to the field is a sight to see. The plains near the river bank is filled with boys playing football in the evening. Mechuka also has a football club of it’s own and take part in competitions held nearby.

8. Stay overnight on the River Island (Camping)

Want to stay in your own private river island? You can spend a night on the gorgeous river island in Mechuka which becomes accessible during winter. Witness the mighty snow peaked mountains along side the gentle flow of Yargyap Chu river. To make your stay more memorable, camp under a sky full of stars with bonfire and barbecue.

Hope this article will help you plan your perfect getaway to this little heaven in Arunachal Pradesh. For queries and booking go to our contact page.

Why GTL Homestay is the best place to stay while in Mechuka

It’s been noted in our “Best Homestay in Mechuka” page that Hotels are not available in the Town. Many people has taken this opportunity to build their own Homestay to provide the tourists with comfort in a home away from home.

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Our editor’s favorite choice of stay in Mechuka is the Gayboo’s Traditional Lodge and Homestay in the heart of the town. Mr. Gebu Sona and his wife owns this Homestay. They are truly a generous host, providing comfort and entertaining their guests.

Gayboo’s Traditional Lodge and Homestay

The ‘Golden Suite‘ in GTL

The charming decor

Mr. Gebu Sona and his wife

Apart from the beautiful traditional Homestay with wooden houses made in traditional Memba style and all the modern amenities one can ask for in this remote town in Arunachal, GTL also makes sure that their guests have the time of their life while staying with many entertainment and adventure activities.

Room Tariff starts from 1500 Rs.

We will be listing the many activities/services and their prices below one can partake while staying in GTL.

  • Services provided by GTL:

  • Rental bike/Scooty

  • Rental Taxi

  • Permits (ILP and PAP)

*You can rent a Bike or Scooty for sightseeing in Mechuka.

Rental Price: 1000 Rs/day

  • SIGHTSEEING

GTL owner Mr. Gebu Sona himself is a renowned guide and has traveled India extensively. He makes sure all his guests can make the best of their stay by arranging sightseeing and providing guides.

One cannot miss the beautiful places in and around Mechuka, which can be arranged by GTL in a reasonable price.

Sightseeing that one can go in Mechuka:

Yarlung view (China border)

Hanuman Face

Neh Pema Shelphu (Guruduwara)

Mengang Village View

Lhallung Village View

Neh Chandon Takp (Pilgrimage)

Tongkor la View

Neh Pema Jelling

Samden Yangcha Monastery (Old Gompa)

Samden Choelling Monastery (New Gompa)

Menchuka Map

Darjeeling Gompa

All the sightseeing mentioned above can be done in two days. Mr Gebu Sona will arrange a car and a guide for the tourists.

*The Yarlung View mentioned in the sightseeing is just the entrance. The tourist are prohibited to go any further. If you want to see the Indo-China border, permits can be taken from the ADC office in Mechuka, once received the required paperwork the Army will escort you to the the border.

Price for sightseeing: 5000 Rs/day

  • Trekking

GTL Homestay also takes very good care of the adventurers who are looking for adventures in untouched trails. Mr Gebu Sona will arrange everything from guides, helpers to food so you can spend more time with Mother Nature while the helpers will set up everything on your trek.

Mechuka is a hub for the adventurer and there are so many to choose from.

Requirements for all the Treks:

6 people minimum

Price: 3500/day (includes tents, guide and food)

*If you bring your tent and food, GTL will provide a guide at the rate of 1000/day

Below is a list of all the treks one can go in Mechuka. The treks are listed according to the level of difficulty from easiest to hardest.

Mechuka La Trek

Duration: 1 day (no camping required)

Level: Easy

The trek provides exceptional views of the town and also get an up close to the huge “MENCHUKA” sign that is seen from the town.

Ugin Dukp Cave Trek

Duration: 1 day

Level: Easy

Ugin Dukp Cave is a religious cave of the People of Mechuka.

Rinjinling Trek and Phukp Khana Cave

Duration: 2 Days and 1 night

Level : Easy

The beautiful Rinjinling mountains provides magnificent views of the Mechuka Valley. Trek to Phukp Khana Cave to get a glimpse of the religious cave.

Neh Saran Trek

Duration: 2 Days and 1 Night

Level: Easy

A holly cave near the Guruduwara, the cave has a big religious stone at the center which makes the sound of drums when touched by hands or hit softly. Many people come here to collect stones and water from this holy place.

Pasang Sonam Tso Lake and Pansang Tso Lake Trekking

Duration: 3 Days and 2 Nights

Level: Medium (Difficult during snow season)

This high altitude fresh water lake is one of the beautiful lakes in Arunachal Pradesh. Flowers in spring and a frozen lake in winter, truly a winter wonderland. Pansang Tso Lake is another lake nearby which takes an extra day of trekking to reach. Why not visit another one when you come so far?

Tokak La Trek

Duration: 4 Days and 3 Nights

Level: Medium

This trek is a beautiful one in summer and spring time when the rhododendron flowers, also locally known as Langangshope will be in full bloom. The Eastern Himalayan Range can also be seen during the trek.

Damjin La Trek

Duration: 6 Days and 5 Nights

Level: Difficult

This trek is well known for it’s beautiful valley of flowers.

Shingyongla Trek

Duration: 8 Days and 7 Nights

Level: Difficult

The trek is famous for it’s valley of flowers and the three beautiful lakes you will come across.

  • Lhakpa Chupala Camping (River Island Camping)

River Island Camping sounds so much fun. Lhakpa Chupala is just situated outside the town where you can camp out for a night. You can bring your own tent to this island or GTL can provide one. The best way to experience this is an overnight stay with Bonfire/barbecue and good music.

Requirement:

6 people minimum

Price: 2000/person (includes food and tent)

*If you bring your own tent, the price will be 1000/person.

  • Outdoor Activities in GTL:

There are many outdoor activities one can indulge in GTL. They are:

Cycling

◦ Horse riding

◦ Archery

◦ River Rafting

  • Cultural Night at GTL

If you are keen to learn about the culture of the Mechuka people, Mr Gebu Sona can arrange a cultural night which includes food, music and dance.

We hope this article will help you plan a perfect holiday trip to Mechuka.

Rinjinling Trek

Requirement: 6 people minimum

Duration: 2 Days, 1 Night

Price: 3500 per person (includes tents, Food and Porters)

  • The trek to Rinjinling Mountain is an easy one where you can spend mostly 2 days and 1 night. The destination sits atop a mountain surrounded by beautiful sceneries from all side. You will enter the Dorjeeling Village first and start the trek from there.
  • Mr. Gebu Sona, owner of Gayboo’s Traditional Lodge and Homestay himself is a guide but he also has other guides under him who takes tourists in these treks.

    You must discuss the terms and conditions, including prices for tent, food and porters before going on this trek. Once you have discussed all the things mentioned above, leave everything to Mr. Gebu Sona to make your trek comfortable and fun.

    If you take a guide from GTL Homestay, Mr. Gebu Sona will make the arrangements to drive you and the other trekkers to the Dorjeeling Village by road. A pit stop at a house in Dorjeeling, owned by a close friend of Mr. Gebu Sona, where you can get ready for your trek and that’s the start of your walking route.

    The trek start by walking past the beautiful village of Dorjeeling. In summer, it will be filled with millet fields and a wonderland in winter with beautiful golden grasses, dried wooden fences with little green vegetation.

    The beautiful village of Dorjeeling

    As you walk a good 2 kms of the plains, you will finally reach the foothills of the mountains and will need to climb the mountains for 2 hours till you reach your destination.

    The view of Dorjeeling village halfway through the climb

    As you ascend, you will first get the views of the Dorjeeling village, it’s little fields and streams. By the time you will reach your destination you will see the mesmerizing views surrounded from all sides. The Mechuka Town in front of you, the Dorjeeling Village to your right, the snow peaked (winter) or foggy mountains (summer) to your left and an undulating mountains and forests on your back.

    View from Rinjinling: A beautiful Sunset

    After taking in the mesmerizing views, the guide and helpers will set up your tent and you can rest for a while. There are little shed houses on the back of the mountain. One is closer to our mountain and is owned by the old gentleman whose house you made a pit stop. The guide and porters will make lunch in the old gentleman’s house and bring back to you, or you can accompany them to the house and have lunch there, if you are not exhausted.

    Lunch in this Little Wooden Shed House

    After having lunch, you can come back to your tent, the guide will make a bonfire and you can just chill or roast potatoes, meat anything you like. The helpers will do anything you ask them. When evening falls, the helpers will go back to the house to make dinner, you can sit near the fire or accompany with them. It’s all your wish. You can just listen to songs, drink wine, tell your stories, get friendly with your group or play games with your friends.

    Night Scenes In Rinjinling

    You can star gaze too for endless hours if you are lucky to have a full moon night. Otherwise it will be foggy or dark depending on the weather.

    After having dinner, brought back from the house, you can go back to your tent and have a good night sleep or you can continue with your stories.

    Early morning, get out of your tent and have a look around, you will find the morning sun rays hitting you first when the Mechuka town is still sleepy and under the fog. It’s like starring a sea of fog and it’s utterly beautiful. It’s the best thing you will see in your whole day.

    The beautiful Village of Dorjeeling from Rinjinling

    You can take photographs of the foggy town, the rising sun or stare at it till the fog disappears and you can finally see the Town again. It will leave you speechless.

    Before and After Photos of The Mechuka Town from Rinjinling covered with Fog

    After having tea, the helpers will pack up and it will be time to bid this gorgeous place good bye.

    While returning, you can have breakfast back in the Dorjeeling house, ghee chai (tea) is a specialty, you might even get lucky with Chaang (traditional Memba wine).

    Ghee chai

    This trek is perfect and worth going as you get to see Mechuka all in it’s glory, glittering like jewels. The beauty that it beholds can’t be express with words, one has to indulge in going on this trek to see for themselves.

    Travel Tips:

      If you have all the things needed for a trek, like your own tent, food but just need a guide, you can hire a guide from Mr. Gebu Sona or ask around in the town. It’s great as it will cut down the prices to a thousand bucks.
      Making your own food won’t be a problem as there is plenty of space to make a fire right near your tent and prepare your own food.
      Carry a torch light/chargeable lamp and plenty of water with you as you have to climb a mountain to get to the nearest stream.
      Carry Warm Clothes.