Paradise on Earth – Mechuka, Arunachal-
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Mechuka, Arunachal Pradesh -1st-10th-Apr-2018 10 Days / 9 Nights

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Paradise on Earth – Mechuka, Arunachal Pradesh)

Dibrugarh – Aalong – Mechuka – Dibrugarh, Arunachal Pradesh

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 post card 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. At Dibrugarh we shall hop on to a ferry to cross the mighty Brahmaputra, which is nearly 5 kilometres wide at this point, and on the other side we shall 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 lets 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)

Itinerary

1st April: 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

2nd April : Dibrugarh to Along (167 kms;  Drive time: 8.5 hours)

Includes breakfast

  • – Early start today – to reach Bhogibeel Ghat. From here we take a scenic ferry ride over the mighty Brahmaputra to reach its North Bank. As we continue our drive the landscape changes dramatically, with rice fields giving way to densely forested tropical valleys.

The poor road condition makes our progress slow but gives us ample time to absorb the scenery.

Overnight at Aalo Hotel in Along or similar

3rd April : Along,Arunachal Pradesh

Includes Breakfast

Post breakfast set out to visit some villages of the Adi tribe, learning about their customs, culture and lifestyle.  Their villages are mostly located on mountain tops, from where they get their name Adi (‘Mountain Top”).
During our walk through the villages you will be impressed by their mastery over bamboo and cane, which is used to make everything from their grand houses, to intricate baskets and a unique Adi cap. The women folk are no less, matching their skills in local weaves.  If you are interested in local products this would be the best place to buy them from.

Overnight at Aalo Hotel in Along or similar

4th April : Along to Mechuka (183 kms; 7.5 hours) – Arunachal Pradesh

Includes breakfast

Brace yourself for a long drive through verdant valleys. All through our drive we keep seeing sparsely populated villages dotted in the midst of lush green mountains. By evening we reach the fabled Mechuka valley where we unwind in the warmth of our host family.

Overnight at Geboo Homestay in Mechuka or similar

5th April : Mechuka

Includes Breakfast

We spend the day around Mechuka.
Start with a walk to Dorjeeling Village – and get a peek into the culture and lifestyle of the Memba Tribe

Later in the day  climb up to the Samten Yongcha Gompa built sometime in the 15th century.
We will get stupendous views of Mechuka from this gompa perched on top of a hill.

O/n at Geboo Homestay in Mechuka or similar

6th April : Mechuka

Includes breakfast

Today we go for a drive towards the China border, via a scenic road passing through a verdant forest.

Stop by a small gurudwara on the way back – believed to have been blessed by Guru Nanak.

Post lunch visit the  village of Lhalum and hear some fascinating mythological beliefs of the Memba tribe.

O/n at Geboo  Homestay in Mechuka or similar

7th April: Mechuka to Along (183 kms; 7.5 hours)

Includes breakfast

We drive back to Aalong today

O/n at Aalo Hotel in Along – or similar

8th April : Along to Pasighat (105 kms; 5 hours)

Includes Breakfast

Post breakfast we continue our drive to Pasighat, the headquarters of the East Siang district. On the way we take a small detour to walk on a 600 foot long suspension bridge over the Siang.

The drive continues through some breath taking scenery as we now enter the main Siang valley. This valley is mainly inhabited by various Adi sub-tribes like Minyong, Gallong and Passi . In the evening drive to Ranaghat from where you can enjoy stupendous views of the Siang and even walk on its banks if you so please

O/n at Doni Hango Eco camp in Pasighat

9th April:  Pasighat to Dibrugarh, Arunachal Pradesh

Includes breakfast

A scenic drive of two hours gets us to the jetty from where we take a scenic ride over the Brahmaputra.
Reach Dibrugarh where we relax for the remainder of the evening .

O/n at  Hotel Tea County or similar.

10th April: Dibrugarh, Arunachal Pradesh

Includes breakfast

Drop to the airport to fly back home

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COST

COST :  Rs 46200 / head on a twin sharing basis

  • (Only 4 people to each car)
  • (Excluding applicable GST – at 5% at the moment)
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Includes:
  • - Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in hotels / homestays mentioned in the itinerary
  • - Breakfast on all days
  • - 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
  • - Tips for the guides
Excludes
  • - Cost of Flights
  • - Lunch and Dinner (you can budget about Rs 450 / day for meals – without alcohol)
  • - GST – at 5% at the moment
  • - 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 drivers
NOTE:

The hotels in this area are extremely BASIC. We stay in the best places possible  - but the best places are extremely basic. (albeit incredibly safe)

We may not always get twin sharing rooms

This one is a true adventure and you have to love travel and the offbeat to love this destination as much as we do (we started off our company to make travel to these off beat places possible!)

PAYMENT PLAN

  • - Please pay 5000 Rupees to confirm your spot
  • - Balance payment due by 1st February 2018

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • - Booking deposit is refundable up to 90 days before departure
  • - Between 90 days and 60 days before departure – booking deposit is non refundable
  • - Between 60 – 45 days before departure – 50% refund off the total
  • - Between 45 days – 30 days before departure – 25% refund off the total
  • - No refund for any cancellations post that
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