Itanagar has been the
capital of Arunachal Pradesh since 20th April 1974. Itanagar is
situated at the foothills. The township is situated at 350 metres
above mean sea level. It comes administratively under Papumpare
The Nishis or Nishings is the major tribe in Itanagar area. However,
Itanagar can be called as mini India, as people from all over the
country, live here in harmony. As a capital town, Itanagar is well
connected with the rest of the country by road and air communications.
Pawan Hans provides helicopter service between Guwahati and Naharlagun
(Itanagar). Deluxe buses are available from Guwahati.
Itanagar is the capital of India's largest North Eastern state. Here
one can find historical fort called Itafort, dating back to the 14-15
centuries, after which it is named. The capital houses the Rajbhawan ,
the official residence of the Governor has also many worth visiting
places in and around Itanagar.
These include legendary Ganga Lake (Gyakar Sinyi). It is a beautiful
picnic spot, 6 kms away from Itanagar, a green forest lake surrounded
by primeval vegetation, orchids masses on tall trees, tree ferns
provides a small taste of the magnificent forests of the state.
Consecrated by the Dalai Lama, the Buddhist temple, a beautiful yellow
roofed shrine reflects the extensive Tibetan influence and provides
good views of Itanagar and the surrounding countryside.
Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum provides a kaleidoscope of Arunachal
Pradesh and one can see wood carvings, musical instruments, textiles,
handicrafts and archeological finds, while a workshop in the
Handicrafts Centre specializes in traditional cane manufacture. It has
a library section also.
Other important places of interest around Itanagar is Donyi-Polo Vidya
Bhawan a Premier Publics School, North-Eastern Regional Institute of
Science and Technology(Nirjuli) - a engineering insitute providing
innovative way of education, Arunachal University (Doimukh) and
Government Piggery and Poultry Farm (Nirjuli), Indira Gandhi Park.
Itanagar has been identified with Mayapur, the capital of the 11th
century AD JItri dynasty.
When to visit : Round the year
How to reach
By bus from Banderdewa, North Lakhimpur(Asssam), Tezpur(Asssam)
Where to stay Circuit House, Field Hostel, Hotel Donyi Polo Ashok,
Hotel Itafort, Hotel Bomdila, Hotel Arunachal, Hotel Subansiri, Hotel
Simang, Hotel Chandni, l Blue Pine Hotel etc.
Nearest Airport Tezpur(Asssam), Lilabari (Asssam)(71 Kms).
Nearest Bus stand Tezpur (Asssam), Banderdewa, Guwahati(394Kms)
(Asssam) , North Lakhimpur(Asssam).
Nearest Railway Stn Harmuti.(32 Kms) (Asssam)
What to see Itafort, Buddhist Monastery, Jawaharlal Nehru
Memorial Museum, Ganga Lake, Indira Gandhi Park.