A tiny charming village, Dorjeeling is just across a few mountains from the Mechuka Town. The village is beautiful with few houses and a Gompa of it’s own. Unending plains with horses running freely is a sight to see. Millet and vegetables are abundantly grown here.
The charming Village of Dorjeeling
There are two ways to reach this village:
1.By road: After leaving the Mechuka Town and crossing the Bumjipanga bridge turn Right and drive till you see the village.
2.Hiking the Mountains of Dorjeeling.
Hike to cross the Mountains between Dorjeeling Village and Mechuka Town.
Duration: 1/2 Day
Most of the local people consider hiking the mountains of Dorjeeling to go from Mechuka to Dorjeeling and vice-versa.
Ascending the Mountains of Dorjeeling
It mostly takes 30-60 minutes depending the amount you rest in between.
From Mechuka Town: The hike starts from the Bumjipanga bridge where you will take the little road up the mountains.
From Dorjeeling Village: The hike starts from a Hanging Bridge and taking the well marked road up the mountains.
The view of Dorjeeling Village from above
As you climb the first mountain you will be baffled to see an entire bowl shape area in between the mountains. You will find forests and ponds on the way.
Trail marks with beautiful golden grasses
Many locals will be seen coming from the market to their homes in the evening. As you reach the last mountain of the hike from Dorjeeling Village you will get glimpses of Mechuka Town from high above. It’s very beautiful from above and a hike to cross to these mountains is great way to know the place.
The town of Mechuka from Dorjeeling mountains
Note: The trail marks for this hike is same from Mechuka Town and Dorjeeling Village.
Another way to reach Dorjeeling Village is by road
Tips for the Hike:
1. Carry water to keep yourself hydrated.
2. Wear warm clothes.
3. In summer, wear raincoats or waterproof jackets.
4. In summer, carry a pinch of salt or a lighter to keep out the leeches.
5. Wear comfortable shoes (the hike get very steep in some places).
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:
Permits (ILP and PAP)
*You can rent a Bike or Scooty for sightseeing in Mechuka.
Rental Price: 1000 Rs/day
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)
◦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)
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
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)
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
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
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
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
This trek is well known for it’s beautiful valley of flowers.
Duration: 8 Days and 7 Nights
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.
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:
◦ Horse riding
◦ 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.