Itanagar in a glance :
Coordinates : 27.006 N, 93.37 E
State : Arunchal Pradesh
Itanagar is the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. Itanagar is a beautiful city blessed with the abundance of natures bounty. Here are a few places to visit in Itanagar.
How to reach Itanagar
By air :
Lilabari in Assam is the nearest airport at a distance of 67 km. There are connecting flights to Guwahati from Lilabari.
By train :
Harmuti is the nearest railway station at a distance of 33 km. Harmuti is a narrow guage line. A convenient option to reach Itanagar would be North Lakhimpur situated at a distance of 60 kilometers.
By road :
Itanagar is well connected to most neighbouring regions of Arunachal Pradesh. Daily overnight buses from Guwahati ply to Itanagar.
Places to visit in Itanagar
Festivals in Itanagar :
There are a lot of festivals which are celebrated in Itanagar. Nyokum is celebrated by the Nyishi people of Arunachal. This festival is celebrated to invite all the Gods and Goddesses of the universe to a particular venue at a particular time and is commonly worshipped by the people irrespective of caste, creed or class.
Ganga Lake :
Also known as the Gyankar Sinyi, this is a major attraction for locals and tourists alike. The chief spot in the city, the beautiful water body accompanied with the peaceful and serene atmosphere and the lush green mountains in the vicinity make this a preferred locale.
Gompa Buddhist Temple :
This is the most major tourist spot of Itanagar as well as Arunachal Pradesh. The USP of the temple is its striking yellow roof because of which this structure can be identified from afar.
Indira Gandhi Park Itanagar :
A local recreational garden, it is quite a hit with tourists as well as locals. A nice family place with a lot of scenic area and greenery all around.
Ita Fort :
One of the oldest and a renowned marvel of ancient this region, located in the Papum Pare district, the Ita fort is an important tourist spot. Ita Fort literally means the fort of bricks as ‘Ita’ means brick in the Ahom language.
Itanagar Wild Life Sanctuary :
A major tourist attraction, the sanctuary is an expansive reserve with an absolutely delightful display of trees, foliage and wildlife. Unique species such as macaque, capped langur, slow toris and a lot more can be seen here.
Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum :
A walk through the museum restores faith in handicrafts. Established by the government in the 1980s , the museum is systematically divided into sections which each display an extensive gamut of handicrafts, reminiscent of traditional Arunachal Pradesh and quite a few archaeological findings.
Namdhapa National Park :
One of the chief natural reserves of Arunachal Pradesh, the Namdhapa National Park lies under the shadows of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas. It houses numerous species of flora and fauna.
Polo Park :
This astounding botanical park over the ridge is an ideal spot for a picnic. There is a small zoo in the vicinity as well. The view from the park is excellent as it overlooks the town of Itanagar.
This is a scenic hill station that one must visit during their trip to Itanagar. Untouched by mankind, Rupa lies on the banks of Tenga and provides tourists with the most brilliant sights ever.
What to Eat in Itanagar :
The main elements of the food here are rice, fish, maize, local herbs, bamboo shoots, green leafy vegetables and meat. At the same time there is a distinct influence of Tibetan cuisine on the area’s platter and Tibetan dishes must be tried here. One must also not miss the brown bread baked in the cities bakeries, said to be a specialty. Other than these, the popular items include Momos, Thukpa, boiled rice cakes and more. Also, the restaurants here offer Indian, Continental, Chinese and Punjabi food as well.