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"Gateway to the Mechuka Valley"

Aalo Tourism

Formerly known as Along, the town of Aalo functions as the headquarters of the West Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh. Lying close to several tiny villages, this small town is situated at the congregation of the two rivers of Sipu and Yomgo. Mechuka Valley, among the most beautiful offbeat places to visit, can be visited from Aalo to which it is well connected via road. With blooming orchards of oranges in and pleasant cum cool weather, Aalo is best visited in the winter season.

Aalo and its surrounding region cater to both adrenaline junkies and peace-seekers alike. On one hand, activities like trekking and river rafting are quite popular here. The surrounding terrain of rocky river banks and jungle cutting through the valley make for excellent hikes. 

Things to do in Aalo

1. Mechuka

Mechuka is a famous destination in Arunachal Pradesh for exotic tribes and the scenic beauty it engulfs. The other name for Mechuka is Menchukha. It is a small town nestled above the sea level in Mech (Read More)uka valley. It is home to Memba, Ramo, Bokar and Libo tribes. The natives are the followers of Buddhism, Donyi-Poloism and Christianity. With time Mechuka has become a famous tourist destination because of its historic as well as religious significance. The beauty of River Siyom, locally known as Yargyap Chu is yet another reason for its fame.

2. Mithun and Jersey Cross Breeding Farm

Mithun and Jersey Cross Breeding Farm
Located 25km from Along in the village of Kamaki, this crossbreeding centre provides a very unique experience to the visitors.

4. River Rafting in Along

River Rafting in Along
River Rafting is a major activity in Along. The rivers Sipu and Yomgo (Siyom) flow within Along.

5. Kamaki Hydropower Dam

Kamaki Hydropower Dam
Tourists can get a feel of how the plant works.

6. Ramakrishna Aashram

Ramakrishna Aashram
The aashram runs a beautiful missionary school in Along. Dedicated to Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa. The campus is exceedingly pretty and well kept.

7. Darka Village

Darka Village
This village is a major attraction for tourists and locals alike during the famous Mopin Festival. The beautiful village has three rivers running through it making is a natural beauty.

How to Reach Aalo

How to Reach Overview

Along is a small town so there is no airport or railway station there. The only way to reach is via road. Local buses from nearby cities are easily available.

How to reach Aalo by flight

Aalo airport is nearly 2.5 km from the main town though connectivity isn't very good. The other close airport is located in the town of Lilabari which is connected to Along by bus. This airport, in Assam, caters mainly to the North Eastern area.

How to reach Aalo by road

Bus connectivity to Along from all major nearby cities is good. Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Service are easily available to Along. Going by your own vehicle or taxi is a good idea too.

How to reach Aalo by train

Silapathar is the closest railway station though it is quite a minor one. Only the Arunachal Express stops here. From Silapathar a taxi can be hired till Along.

Local transport in Aalo

The local bus is an easy option. Covering the town by foot is also possible. Things will be easier if one has their own vehicle.

Aalo Photos

Aalo, Arunachal Pradesh
Aalo - HeadQuarters of West Siang District
Aalo Town - Aerial View
Hanging Bridge

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FAQs on Aalo

What is famous about Along?

It is an offbeat destination, hence the surroundings of this town is pure and free from human interference. The place is clean and filled with fresh air.

What is not so good about Along?

There are not many tourist destinations. The place is still an up and coming tourist location so it does not have any major facility.

Who should visit Along?

The place is meant for either young group of friends or a couple. The place can be very adventurous with friends. River rafting, trekking and hiking is something that attracts young generation over here. It is not ideal for a honeymoon but for a couple vacation or short trip. A romantic getaway for two days into the arms of nature.

What is the best time to visit Along?

Although as Along is not situated at a high altitude and has pleasant weather all - round the year, the best time to visit Along is from October to April.
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What is the local food in Along?

The essentials of the cuisine in this district of West Siang are Momos and Thukpa which are widespread in the town and are an almost staple item. Along with this, a local platter will include rice, meat, fish and a preparation of fresh vegetables. One can also sip into a local beverage called Apang which is the state's version of rice beer.
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What is the best way to reach Along?

Along is a small town so there is no airport or railway station there. The only way to reach is via road. Local buses from nearby cities are easily available.
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What are the things to do in Along?

The top things to do in Along are Mechuka, Mithun and Jersey Cross Breeding Farm, Hanging Bridge, River Rafting in Along, Kamaki Hydropower Dam, Ramakrishna Aashram. You can see all the places to visit in Along here

What are the places near Along?

The top places near to Along are Pasighat which is 52 km from Along, Daporijo which is located 60 km from Along, Yingkiong which is located 54 km from Along, Ziro which is located 119 km from Along, Dibru saikhowa national park which is located 78 km from Along

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Rahul Dev

on Mechuka 6 years ago
Its a wonderful place for camping...
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