Gompalok homestay is located in Rungkhung village of Dirang around 4km from the main city. Dirang is an offbeat hidden gem of Arunachal Pradesh located 4910 ft above sea level.
Although there are many options for stay in Dirang, in this article I will be reviewing the Gompalok Homesay.
Location of Homestay
The homestay is located in the midst of Kiwi garden facing the Kameng river, in Rungkhung village of Dirang. A major influence of Buddhism and Monpa culture can be found in Arunachal through the presence of Kalachakra gompa and Dirang Dzong.
What I liked about Gompalok Homestay?
First and foremost thing, you will notice about this homestay is its secluded location. Due to its distance from the main town of Dirang, the place is totally quiet and serene. Early morning, all you will hear is the sound of bird’s chirping and breeze blowing.
Dirang valley is known for its picturesque landscapes and this house amidst the mountains, will ease away all your worries.
Around the Gompalok homestay, you will see many traditional and old architecture houses, which in itself will be a unique experience. Every morning, locals can be seen doing their daily chores, from working in their farms to cleaning clothes . No there are no washing machines, so for your surprise, people can be seen working in traditional ways.
All the houses here are built close to each other, and narrow pathway has been created that connects entire locality. Wooden pieces acts as a barrier between the houses and the pathway. This pathway sometimes passes from the veranda of different houses in turn connecting all of them, but that is not accessible to outsiders obviously. Respect the privacy of locals, and avoid going in their premises without permission.
Most of the houses have a small farm area and surprisingly they have small wooden barrier, as a main gate. Even the house boundaries is either of stone or wooden pieces. People can be seen working together and chit chatting with neighbors, something that is missing from the cities now a days.
We scrolled in entire village, hiked up to the top of the village, and got a beautiful view of Dirang Chu river, as well as the Tawang Highway.
There were around 4 rooms on first floor, and a common balcony attached to the Dining area. The room was enough for 2 to 3 people. It had attached washroom (enough big) , an almera , TV and small coffee table with 2 chairs.
Homestay has their own kitchen at ground floor, along with dining area at ground floor as well. Food quality was good and we had some of the best momos at Gompalok. Since this homestay is no way near to main town, there are no food options near by. The main market area is around 5 to 6 km from the homestay.
Scroll in the village early morning, and click some of the memorable pictures of the Rungkhung village looking perfect covered in clouds.
Walk up to the small gompa seen at the top of the village.
Walk up to the Dirang Chu river and relax in the nature.
Explore the local market of Dirang, you can shop the handmade local items, from woolen sweaters to caps.
Don’t listen to what they, go and see it**