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.

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

Trek to the Oldest Gompa In Arunachal Pradesh

Pine vegetation seen on the way

One of the major tourist attraction in Mechuka is the old Gompa, Samden Yangcha Monastery which is even older than the famous Tawang Monastery.

The Yargyap Chu river flowing through the plains

The Samden Yangcha Monastery was built 400 years, in the 16th century. The Monastery is about 14 kms from the Town of Mechuka. It is located in the small village of Segong.

The rear view of the Monastery

The village of Segong

The Monastery sits atop the mountains and can be seen before entering the village. One can take an SUV from the town and ride to the top of the mountains. Or one can trek from the Iron bridge at the foothills of the mountains to enjoy the beautiful pine vegetation and the seclusion. It’s totally isolated and very peaceful.

Samden Yangcha Monastery

After walking for an hour, you will finally see the rear view of the Monastery. When you reach the Monastery the views are breathtaking. You can see the town of Mechuka with river Yargyap Chu flowing through. You can also see the entire route of Mechuka to Segong village, on the right.

Beautiful statues inside the Monastery

Inside the Monastery many beautiful statues of Guru Padmasambhava can be seen. The two storied Monastery also has many ancient evil mythological statues. You can light incense sticks and donate some money in the donation box.

The quarters of the Monks

The entire Monastery has one care taker. You can also see the quarters of Monks on the left side of the Monastery, where the Monks stays on religious days to perform rituals or to come pray in the Monastery.

Note: No other people or any tourists are allowed to go inside the quarters. It’s strictly prohibited.

Travel Tips:

1. Carry water.

2. There is only one shop in the entire village of Segong, you can buy snacks and water from the shop.

3. Wear warm clothes.

4. Wear comfortable shoes.

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.