Paradise on Earth – Mechuka, Arunachal Pradesh

11 –19 April, 2020 | 9 Days/8 Nights

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Once there was Arunachal – the land of the Monpa and the Mishmi, and hitherto mysterious but now-familiar places like Dirang Dzong, Bomdila, Se La Tawang and Namdapha; all beautiful drives through hills covered by pristine jungle, now increasingly populated by tourists…

And now there is Mechuka!
A slice of heaven.
A recent visitor has written that if she were a poet her verses would be all about this simple, stunning, emerald green, wreathed in clouds valley barely 30 kilometres from the Tibetan border. And she is right.

About a decade or so ago there were no roads to reach Mechuka and residents of the valley – the hospitable Memba Tribe would have to walk for a week to get here from the road head in Aaalo.

Thankfully there is a rough road now and the picture-postcard views of snow-capped peaks, rushing rivers and evergreen forests – make the bumpy ride up well worth it.
Mechuka is still untouched by organised commercial tourism which is why Wonderful World hoisted its flag here; to make it more of an adventure than a tour for our guests.

Make no mistake; it’s hard to reach Mechuka. But if you have a taste for the offbeat, a desire to test your own mettle and a thirst for adventure as well as the sublime, you won’t forget this journey for sure. Not in this life.

Our journey starts in Dibrugarh in Eastern Assam, which has direct flights to Delhi & Kolkata with onward connections to all major Indian cities. From Dibrugarh, we take a long drive through plains and hills to Aalo (formerly known as Along).

Inhabited predominantly by the Galo tribe, Aalo is a scenic riverside town surrounded by picture-perfect villages. After a day to rest and a chance to acquaint ourselves with the unfamiliar culture and religion of Arunachal with a visit to an Adi village, we shall hit the tough road to Mechuka.

We shall spend two leisurely days in this dreamscape taking long walks by the river, visiting the main Gompa as well as smaller shrines and trying the local Memba cuisine before heading back to Dibrugarh Airport via Aalo

Mechuka is being pushed as the next big destination in the North East – so let’s go before it becomes anything of the sort.

(We will be taking a very small group of ladies, and if you would like to join us we request to speak with you once before confirming)

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PRICE

  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in hotels / homestays mentioned in the itinerary
  • Breakfast on all days
  • Dinners as mentioned in the itinerary (no beverages included)
  • Transportation using a Mahindra Scorpio or similar (4 people to a car only to ensure the drives are comfortable)
  • Local guides in Along and Mechuka and a lady from Wonderful World to accompany you
  • GST - @ 5%
  • Cost of Flights
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Beverages, including bottled water.
  • Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport.
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Tips for the guides drivers

ITINERARY

Day1
11th April, Friday (no meals): Dibrugarh
  • Pick up at Dibrugarh hotel and check in
  • Leisurely walk in the evening on the banks of the Brahmaputra.
  • Overnight at Hotel Tea County or similar
Day2
12th April, Saturday: Dibrugarh to Along (167 kms; Drive time: 8.5 hours)
  • Includes breakfast & Dinner
  • After breakfast drive up the Siang valley till you reach Sangam, the confluence of Siang and Siyom river. Over here you will take a detour to visit a 600 foot hanging bridge over the Siang river. From here continue driving down the verdant Siyom valley, dotted with small villages peppered on the hill slopes
  • The poor road condition makes our progress slow but gives us ample time to absorb the scenery.
  • Overnight at Reyi Homestay in Along or similar.
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