Exploring Mechuka valley, the lesser known Arunachal Pradesh and Dambuk- an Arunachal Pradesh full of oranges!
If you fall asleep through your journey, long enough, to wake up in Mechuka, missing the road signs that give you a reality check, you may have to pinch yourself, and yet the valley may seem unreal.
Come get giddy in Mechuka.

From a complete shift in architectural pattern, with wood replacing brick and mortar and herds of stray horses interrupting your path or seen grazing at a distance, replacing the usual cow herds seen on Indian roads, you slowly tend to relate to the deep-rooted Tibetan influence that you have read online about.
Why don't you hear it from people who have travelled through us before?

To reach this village in Arunachal Pradesh, we took a plane, a train, a cab, a couple of shared sumos, woke up at unearthly hours, survived many hairpin turns, rocky roads, headaches and a near brain freeze. But boy, was it worth it!
Bhumika Udernani, Pune,

Being on the mountaintop where you feel like you are the only one in miles and surrounded by prayer flags is pretty awesome feeling.
Avinash Kaur, Delhi

The trip gets better when you are received by your warm homestay hosts.
Traditional food preparation sessions, long nature walks and exploring Memba heirlooms( the major tribe inhabiting the valley) punctuate your Mechuka experience.
Mechuka turns fluorescent green from May right till August. September marks the beginning of Autumn and everything turns brown and stays that way until December.
January brings in snow and then spring comes. Regardless of the season, you visit it in, the place offers breathtaking beauty.

The second leg of the journey is rather unique.
It is not every day that you get to visit a geographic location that remains cut off from the rest of civilisation for half the year due to the lack of a motorable land. In November nature allows you enter Dambuk and use the dry river bed as a road. So, are you going to decline nature's invitation?

You should travel to Mechuka if you:
• Want to visit a destination that is not on the regular tourist's map
• Have 9 days off or want to take 9 days off and go as a far away from the city life as possible
• Want a holiday where you stay in people's homes, eat with them and live like them
• Are looking for places which have less than 1500 hashtag mentions on Instagram (look for #Mechuka) and compare it to #Tawang which has 34,000 mentions!
• Love hiking to reach viewpoints which take your breath away
• Crave for organic fruits and can pluck your own oranges and eat them
• Can chases wild horses roaming in tableland at 6000 feet
• Want to feel the chilly winter winds and get soothed by bonfires
• Stargaze for pleasure with the backdrop of snow-capped peaks shining under the moonlight
• Don't mind having no phone connectivity for a week
• Are a budding you-tuber and want to learn from the pro Tanya Khanijow
Highlights of the trip
• Momo making sessions with the locals of the Memba tribe
• Hiking to a 400-year-old monastery
• Relishing a 'langar' in a Gurudwara in the land of the Memba people
• Staying in beautiful and comfortable homestays
• Lunching in front of a waterfall, yes right in front of it, as the water sprays over you
• Travelling on the roofs of Tata Sumos
• Hiking along abandoned bunkers from the 1962 Indo China war
You should travel to Dambuk if you:
• Want to visit a geographic location that remains cut off from the rest of civilisation for half the year due to the lack of a motor-able land
• You have an appetite for oranges!
• Think driving over a river bed accessible only in winters is good enough reason to travel to a remote destination
• Crave for organic fruits and can pluck your own oranges and eat them
• Stay in huts facing a river whose colour is so blue that you will probably start singing the blues!
• Don't mind having any poor connectivity for 5 days
• Want to raft on the mighty Dibang river
• Are a budding you-tuber and want to learn from the pro Tanya Khanijow
Highlights of the trip
• Living in huts overlooking the Dibang river for 2 nights
• Casual rafting on the Dibang river
• Feeding salt to the state animal of Arunachal Pradesh, locally known as 'Mithuns'
• Driving over a riverbed that looks like the Rann of Kutch
• Visiting orange orchards and buying them in organic bamboo baskets
A quick glimpse of Mechuka with ChaloHoppo!
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