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Itanagar - Quick Facts

Area: 140.30 sq. km.
Population: 34,970
Altitude: 1475 mt. (approx.) above sea level
Season: Oct to Apr
Clothing: Summer- Cottons, Winters- Woolens
Rainfall: 1600 mm. (Average yearly)
Language: Monapa, Hindi, & English
Festivals/Fairs: Igu Dance Festival (January), Makar Sankranti (January) 


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 district. 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.


By Air
The nearest airport to Itanagar is located at Lilabari in Assam, which is nearly 71 km away from Itanagar. This airport is well connected by flights from Guwahati.

By Rail

The nearest railway station to Itanagar is Harmoti at a distance of about 33kms away from Itanagar.

By Road

By bus from Banderdewa, North Lakhimpur (Assam), Tezpur (Assam), Banderdewa, Guwahati (394Kms) (Assam), North Lakhimpur (Assam).


Ita Fort
The main feature of this historical monument is that the palace is built in an irregular shape with bricks. This fort located in Papum Pare was built around 14th to 15th centuries. The Itanagar fort has three gates on three sides namely Eastern, Western and Southern.

Ganga Sekhi lake
This Lake is surrounded by a thick forest which is rich in bamboo trees.

Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum

This museum is known for the store of the tribes of the Arunachal Pradesh exhibiting its rich culture and heritage. The display in the museum includes archaeological artifacts, ornaments, basketry, weapons, bamboo artifacts, textiles and jewellery. This museum is situated in Siddhartha Vihar near the Secretariat.

Polo Park

This park is located on a hillock in Naharlagun of Papum Pare District. Adjacent to this park is a small zoo. The Polo Park is known for the cane thicknet giving a palm appearance with spines on its stems and grows like a bush. There is also a Handicrafts Center run by the garden in the premises of the park.


This place is popularly known for its pilgrimage site which is located at a distance of about 10kms from Bomdil.It was in this place where Dalai Lama the spiritual leader of the Tibetans goes to preach and pray.

G
anga Lake / Gyakar Sinyi
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, orchid’s masses on tall trees, tree ferns provides a small taste of the magnificent forests of the state.


This place is known for its handicrafts and articrafts exhibiting the states tradition and culture. The Monpa wood is very famous and which comes to the market as cups, dishes and fruit bowls. Baskets and masks made of bamboo and cane are also popular items for shopping in Itanagar. Beautiful ornaments and bangles made of beads may also feature in your shopping cart in Itanagar.

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