Top ChoiceBuddhist Monastery in Mechuka

Samten Yongcha Gompa

Thought to be about 400 years old, the charming wooden Samten Yongcha Gompa stands on a breezy hilltop 6km (as the crow flies) west of Mechuka, fronted by a forest of prayer flags and with wonderful panoramas...

Temple in Aalo

Donyi-Polo Dere

Around a quarter of Arunachal's population follows the Donyi-Polo (Sun-Moon) religion, an institutionalised form of traditional animist beliefs developed in the 1970s in response to the spread of Christianity...

Buddhist Monastery in Mechuka

Samden Choeling Gompa

A small monastery overlooking the valley from the hillside on the south side of Mechuka, Samden Choeling makes for an enjoyable 1km walk from the town centre. Particularly nice at sunrise or sunset.

Museum in Aalo

District Museum

Next to the Circuit House is an informative little district museum showcasing bits and pieces of local tribal culture in the form of artefacts. It also sells a few books.