State : 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
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.
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.
: 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
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.
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 is situated at the heart of the capital city in Papum Pare
district. It is a historical fort of an irregular shape, built
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
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.
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.