Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. The city is located in Papum Pare district. The Nyishis or Nages are the dominant tribe living in the city; However, people from different cultures and communities live here amicably. Nyokum is a major festival celebrated by the Nyishi people in the city, but it is also celebrated by people from other castes, tribes and communities. Itanagar is one of the few capital cities in the seven states of the Northeast region, which has figured on the Indian Railways map and a direct railway network connects it to the national capital Delhi.
Places to see
The archaeological sites and historical places highlight the socio-cultural significance of Itanagar, hence making it an ideal tourist destination in the Northeast. Some of the tourist attractions in the city are:
Ita Fort: It is one of the most prominent historical sites of the state. The name means “fort of bricks”. The city derives its name from this fort. Located in the center of the city, this fort is irregular in shape and is built with bricks which are of 14th-15th century.
Gayar Sinik: It is a beautiful picnic spot located six kilometers from Itanagar. A natural lake, Gayakar is surrounded by a land of hard rocks, tall trees and ferns of trees. Boating facilities and swimming pools are also available here.
Gompa Buddhist Temple: The Buddhist temple anointed by the Dalai Lama is a beautiful yellow-roofed temple located in Itanagar. The temple has extensive Tibetan influence and offers a spectacular view of the city and the surrounding countryside.
Jawaharlal Nehru Museum: The museum reflects the tribal culture of the state and has a rich collection of textiles, handicrafts, household articles and weapons associated with the culture and heritage of Arunachal Pradesh.
Craft Center & Emporium: Craft Center & Emporium is the best place to shop for useful items from traditional items like wall painting, dyed yarn, cane and bamboo.
Some other places to see in the city are Bomdila, Malinithan, Parashuram Kund and many more. The city has accommodation facilities in various categories like budget hotels, guest houses and homestays. People can take any accommodation according to their budget. There are also several restaurants that offer traditional, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine.
How to reach?
Itanagar has regular helicopter services from Guwahati to Naharlagun. The nearest domestic airport is either Lilabari, Ravrih or Dimapur in Assam. The nearest railway stations are Harmuti and Gohpur in Assam. However, there is a train every week that runs between Naharlagun and Delhi. Itanagar is connected to Assam and other cities in India via NH-52A. The city has a good road network and is connected to Guwahati. Regular buses ply between the two cities. Arunachal State Transport Corporation also runs regular buses from Itanagar to other northeastern states.
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