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...

Indian in Ziro Valley

Sela Restaurant

Nepali-run Sela is the valley's best standalone restaurant, with satisfying fried rice, momos (Tibetan dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), chow mein, omelettes and egg bhujia (eggs scrambled with chilli, onion and...

Music in Ziro Valley

Ziro Music Festival

Over a four-day weekend in (usually) late September, Ziro is invaded by several thousand music lovers. Headliners include top indie bands from across the country, plus some northeastern folk groups during the day.

Religious in Pasighat


In early September Pasighat hosts the interesting Adi festival of Solung, marked by rituals performed to seek agricultural prosperity and protection from evil spirits.

Sports in Mechuka


For three days in November, adventure sport lovers assemble in Mechuka for paragliding, mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting, archery, hiking and nocturnal river-island parties, while local people take the...

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.