Arunachal Pradesh is quite an untouched pocket of land with a giant patch of green on the country’s map. It can be safely called India’s wildest and least explored state, owning to its location on the frontier. Arunachal (meaning the ‘land of dawn-lit mountains’) rises abruptly from the Assam plains as a mass of densely forested and impossibly steep hills, culminating in snowcapped peaks along the Tibetan border. Much of the state remains beyond travellers reach, but certain developments have made new areas available to visitors. One such is the road trip to Mechuka in Arunachal, where you’ll get nothing but tranquility all along. Also Read - Anti-China Protests in Arunachal Pradesh, Xi Jinping's Effigy Burnt
The drive from Along to Mechuka – a remote outpost close to the Tibetan border – is one of the most enthralling road trips in Arunachal Pradesh. Mechuka often goes by the moniker of ‘forbidden valley’ primarily because until recently, one could reach there only by foot. Populated by the Buddhist Memba tribe, this tiny settlement on the banks of the Siang river is notable for the 400-yrar-old Samten Yongcha Monastery and its stunning landscapes, which culminate in a massive hulk of snow-capped mountains running along the border. Also Read - Arunachal Pradesh: BJP Wins Pasighat Civic Body Polls, JD(U) Bags 9 Seats in Itanagar Municipal Corporation
Vehicles now ply the 180 km road from Along, but connections depend largely on weather and vehicle availability, and rides may not be possible everyday. Unless you’re able to find accommodation with a local family, the only place to stay here is the government Circuit House, which rents out rooms on an ad hoc basis. However, the bookings can be overridden by visiting government officials. Owing to security reasons, most places here won’t accommodate independent travellers without a reference, so it’s recommended that your Mechuka trip be arranged through a local tour operator.