Itanagar India Vacations
: Arunachal Pradesh
: Itafort, Buddhist Monastery, Jawaharlal
Nehru Memorial Museum and Ganga Lake.
Best Time To Visit
: Round the year
the capital of the north-eastern India state of Arunachal Pradesh is
situated at the foothills of Himalayas at a height of 350 mts above sea
level. Open to tourists recently in 1998, Itanagar is known for its
incredible and incomparable natural beauty. Also known as the 'Land of the
Dawnlit Mountains', the hill resort of Itanagar draws tourists from far and
wide. Sprawling over 2,500 acres area, Itanagar is bestowed with beautiful
and tranquil surroundings and offers a pleasant climate.
Actually Itanagar is the twin towns, Naharlagun the older town and Itanagar
the official capital. Both these twin-towns are 10 kms apart and present a
very picturesque aspect and a find blend of the 'old' and the 'modern'.
Administratively Itanagar comes under Papum Pare district, and has been the
capital of Arunachal since 20th April 1974. Like other places of Arunachal
Pradesh, Itanagar is also dominated by tribal groups, the Nishis or Nishings
are the major tribe in Itanagar area. You will find the great influence of
Tibetan culture on the lifestyle of people of Itanagar. On the whole, it is
not possible to describe the beauty of Itanagar in words, better you visit
the hilly town and explore its hidden jewells on your own.
How to Reach Itanagar
: Nearest airport is located at Tezpur in Assam, at
a distance of 225 kms. Another airport is located at Lilabari (Assam) at a
distance of 71 kms.
: Arunachal Pradesh Helicopter Service
operate regular helicopter services between Guwahati and Naharlagun on
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday. Helicopter services are also
available from other destinations of Arunachal Pradesh to Itanagar. Pawan
Hasn Helicopters has three flights a week between Itanagar and Guwahati.
By Train :
Nearest railway station is located 32 kms away
at Harmuti in Assam. North Lakhimpur in Assam, 60 km from Itanagar is
another convenient railhead.
: National Highway No 52 connects Itanagar with
Assam. Direct buses are available from Guwahati (429 kms) to Itanagar. Buses
are also available from Banderdewa, North Lakhimpur (Assam) and Tezpur
Places Where You Can Stay
Plenty of accommodation options are available in Itanagar. Donyi Polo Ashok
(C - Sector) and Arun Sabansiri (Zero Point, Tinali) are two popular hotels
in Itanagar. Other hotels are Hotel Itafort, Hotel Bomdila, Hotel Arunachal,
Hotel Simang, Hotel Chandni, 1 Blue Pine Hotel etc. You may also stay at
Tourist Attractions in Itanagar
: One of the major attractions of Itanagar,
Itafort was built in between 14 to 15 centuries A.D. Itanagar derives its
name from this historic fort.
: Consecrated by the Dalai Lama, the
Buddhist Temple is a lovely yellow roofed shrine that reflects the extensive
Tibetan influence. From the temple you will get a breathtaking view of
Itanagar and the beautiful countryside.
Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Museum
: A well preserved
museum, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Museum provides a kaleidoscope of the
state of Arunachal Pradesh. Here you can see wood carvings, musical
instruments, handicrafts, textiles and archeological discoveries. The museum
has a workshop in the Handicrafts Centre that specializes in traditional
cane manufacture and also a library section. The museum is open daily from
10 am to 5 pm, closed on Mondays.
: Just 6 kms away from Itanagar, the legendary
Ganga Lake (Gyakar Sinyi) is a beautiful picnic spot. A lush green forest
lake flanked by primeval vegetation, orchids masses on tall trees, tree
ferns provides a fine taste of the rich forests of the state.
Tourist Attractions Around
: Situated on the banks of Brahmputra river, Tezpur
is gateway town to the Arunachal hills. Bhalukpon, 58 kms northeast of
Tezpur is known for its hot springs, orchid centre and the Nyethidwo
festival celebrated in the month of March. Tipi is famous for its
orchidarium which houses 7,500 varieties of native orchids and its cutflower
: The district headquarters of West Kameng,
Bomdila is a beautiful place and boasts of apple orchards, lush green
forests and thrilling trekking trails. At Bomdila there are a number of
picturesque gompas (monasteries) and the craft centre that has wide range of
hand-woven carpets, woven by the local Monpa tribe.
: Close to Bomdila, Dibang is popular for its
beautiful gompas and colourful Kalchakra celebrations. Visit the yak
breeding centre, enjoy a dip in the enervating waters of the hot spring
situated amidst verdant surroundings.
: Tawang is accessible by car from Itanagar and you
certainly enjoy the dramatic drive through charming alpine country. The
lofty road to Tawang passes through the dragon gates located at the awesome
heights of the great Sela Pass (13,714 ft). Jawanthgarh Memorial, Tawang War
Memorial, Tawang Monastery and Urgelling Monastery are major attractions of
: Situated at a distance of 220 kms from Itanagar,
the Picturesque destination of Ziro is surrounded by pine mantled hills.
Visit Tarin, the high-altitude fish farm, the famous whispering pine grove
and the craft centre. Make a point to visit, Apatan a tribal home. The
Apatanis are considered the most developed and intriguing of Arunachal's
: Pasighat is Arunachal's oldest town and also
the district headquarters of East Siang. Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary is
13 kms away and it deserves a visit. Pasighat is also an ideal destination
for adventure sports.
Namdapha Wildlife Sanctuary
: Namdapha Wildlife Sanctuary
is one of the most unusual and an important wildlife sanctuary in India.
With its rich bio-diversity, Namdapha provides shelter to a wide range of
endangered flora, fauna and avian life. Here you may spot the all four great
cats namely - snow leopard, the clouded leopard, the leopard and the tiger.
Namdapha Sanctuary is also home to the endangered hoolock gibbon, red panda,
takin and capped langur.
Shopping in Itanagar
Itanagar is a shopper's paradise and an ideal place for those who are
looking for traditional handicraft items. Some of the famous handicrafts of
Itanagar include bamboo crafts, cane and wood crafts. While you shop in
Itanagar pick up the shawls, coasts, carpets, bags and sashes, these items
are made from wool and cotton. Don't forget to check out the Tibetan
Buddhist paintings or the thankas. Besides, the Monpas are highly skilled in
weaving and making some of the fabulous carpets, you can pick these up in
the Bomdila and Tawang craft centres.
Important Guidlines for Tourists
Before visiting the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh you have to fulfill
some formalities. All foreign tourists require a Restricted Area Permit
before visiting Arunachal Pradesh. The permit allows a visitor to stay in
Arunachal Pradesh for a maximum period of ten days. You may obtain the
permit from an Indian embassy abroad or office of the ministry of home
affairs, govt of India, New Delhi or foreigner's regional registration
offices at New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, or Home Commissioner, Government
of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar. Indian tourists need an Inner Line Permit,
that can be issued by the office of resident / deputy resident commissioner,
liaison office in New Delhi.