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ItanagarState : Arunachal Pradesh, in the north eastern part of India.
Best time to Travel : Round the year.
Weather Conditions : Rainfall in Itanagar - 2660 mm. (July to October); Summer - 40°C to 18°C;
Winter - 12°C to 5°C.

Locate : Itanagar, the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh is situated in the remote parts of north east corners of India. 400-km Northwest of Guwahati (Assam).

Know Itanagar (the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh)
Itanagar, the capital city of the state of Arunachal Pradesh also as known as 'the Land of the Dawn Lit Mountains', is nestled on top of low flat hills. Placed amidst a beautiful and booming surroundings with a pampering climate, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh offers a lovely and lively atmosphere for the tourist to Arunachal Pradesh.

Remnants of a old palace and other such monuments boast of the glorious past of the city to the visitors from all around. Some historians identify Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh with the ancient 11th century BC capital of Mayapur, under the Jitari dynasty. Itanagar today is divided into two parts, each 10 km apart from each other, with the older one named Naharlagun.
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Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh is situated at an altitude of 350 m form the sea level. Itanagar has been the capital of Arunachal Pradesh since 20th April 1974. You will find a huge influence of Tibetan culture in Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh, highly visible in the clothes and costumes of its inhabitants.
Itanagar has become home to numerous people from numerous cultures, coming from all over the country (India). This feature of Itanagar has given it the name - "Mini India".

Journey to Itanagar (the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh)
Airport : The nearest Airport is Lilabari in Assam, 57 km from Nahariagun and 67 km from Itanagar.

Tourist - Deluxe busesRailhead : No railway enters Arunachal Pradesh. Nearest Railway station is Harrmoty in Assam. 23 km from Naharlagun and 33 km from ltanagar. The station is served by Arunachal Express.

Road Transport : Itanagar is connected by daily bus service from Guwahati and the other cities of Assam. Arunachal State Transport buses are plying throughout Arunahcal, Assam and Meghalaya. Private transport operators also run Deluxe Coaches on many routes.

Local Transport : A very small number of un-metered Taxis are available. Tourist/Deluxe buses are available on rent from the Director, Tourism, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Nahariagun. A few other transport agencies in town rent out tourist cars and coaches. Cycle rickshaws are the very common local transportation in Naharlagun.
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Staying in Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh)
The best bet for accommodation in the state is Itanagar, varying from luxurious ones to reasonable budget hotels. Itanagar has Circuit House, Field Hostel, Hotel Donyi Polo Ashok, Hotel Itafort, Hotel Bomdila, Hotel Arunachal, Hotel Subansiri, Hotel Simang, Hotel Chandni, Blue Pine Hotel etc. for it visitors from round the world. The accommodations are quiet comfortable and also economical.

Sightseeing in Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh
Ita Fort
Ita Fort is situated at the heart of the capital city in Papum Pare district. It is a historical fort of an irregular shape, built The Buddhist Templemainly with bricks, dating back to the 14th -15th centuries . The total brickwork done on the fort comprise of 16,200 cubic mtr. length. There are also three gates on three sides viz; Eastern, Western and Southern, which is said to be built by Ahom rulers. The name Itanagar is believed to be derived from the name of this fort.

The Buddhist Temple
This is a new but beautiful yellow - roofed shrine. It rises from well-rnaintained grounds behind a stupo tree planted by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. The grounds of the temple offers a beautiful view of the Itanagar Town.

Ganga Lake (Gyaker Sinyi)
The 6 km drive to the lake from Itanagar takes the visitors through some superbly primeval jungles with bamboo groves, orchid masses on tall trees, which are some of the vegetation which can be identified by the interested travelers. Stopping at the base of a hill, one has to take a flight of steps uphill. At the top of the ridge one looks down on a tranquil green forest lake which one has to cross in a row boat. Today, it is a beautiful spot for outings, boating and picnics.
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Polo Park
An amazing little botanical garden at the top of a ridge overlooks the Itanagar town. One should notice the cane thickets, it looks a bit like a palm with spines on its stems, but grows as a bush. There is a small zoo, worth a visit.

Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum
Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum provides a brief picture of Arunachal Pradesh and one can see woodcarvings, musical instruments, textiles, handicrafts and archeological finds, while a workshop in the Handicrafts Centre specializes in traditional cane manufacture. It also houses a library section.

Some Important Destinations near Itanagar
North Lakhimpur (60 km), Tezpur and Guwahati, all in Assam are approachable by road. Tezpur and Lilabari (71 km ) is accessible by air. Guwahati is about 394 km from Itanagar. Itanagar is also connected by direct bus services from the following places - Shillong (481km), Tezpur (216km), Dibrugarh (375km), Tinisukia (415 km), Jorhat (245km), Nagaon (275km), Namsai (495km). Itanagar is connected with other major towns in the region such as Agartala, Aizawl, Kohima and Imphal.
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