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INFORMATION ABOUT ITANAGAR

Located in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh is the hill resort of Itanagar. Itanagar is incredible and incomparable in natural beauty. The entire state of Arunachal Pradesh has been thrown open to tourism recently in 1998. Besides security it was done as an attempt to preserving the centuries old heritage of the tribal communities in the area. The virginal beauty of the state capital, Itanagar attracts several tourists from far and away.

ITANAGAR HISTORY

Arunachal Pradesh finds mention in the Kalika Purana and in the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. It is believed that sage Vyas meditated here. Itanagar was called Mayapur during the reign of the Jiti Dynasty that ruled the region in the 11th century. Even during the reign of the Jiti kings, Mayapur was the capital city. The magnificent Ita Fort (ita, brick), dating back to the 14th-15th century, is believed to have been built by King Ramachandra.

ITANAGAR TOURISM

    The Places of Interest and Sight Seeing

  • Location : The hill resort of Itanagar lies in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. There are the mighty eastern Himalayas that border Itanagar from one side. The plains of the Brahmaputra River lie on the southern end of Itanagar.


  • Sites to Visit :The hill resort of Itanagar has several places worth visiting. One of the major tourists attractions of Itanagar is the Ita fort. The hill resort of Itanagar derives its name from this historic fort of the fourteenth century. There is the landmark of Buddha Vihar. As the name indicates it is a Buddhist shrine. The temple is a must visit for all the tourists to Itanagar. The temple lies in the hill amidst gorgeous green gardens with a yellow roof. From the hill you may enjoy the wondrous vistas of the hill resort of Itanagar.


  • Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Museum :Amongst the various artifacts exhibited in the various galleries of the museum are the woodcarvings, musical instruments, wooden implements, ceremonial objects, weapons and traditional textiles. Each item on displays throws deeper light into the lifestyles and traditions of the tribes in the area of Itanagar. The archaeological findings of the historic sites around Itanagar are also preserved in the museum.


  • The Itanagar Sanctuary :and the Polo Park are the some places in Itanagar that are of major tourist interest in Itanagar. The biologists, tourists and nature lovers throng to these places in Itanagar. Even you must check out the excellent flora and fauna here. Then there is another attraction of Tipi. Along the Kameng River Tipi has some of the most exotic species of orchids.


  • Sites Near By :There are several sites worth visiting near Itanagar. You may spot the snow leopard and the clouded leopard amongst the other animals at the Namdhapa National Park. Then there is the beautiful Bomdila. High Himalayas, amazing apples, marvelous monasteries and the crafts centre are the major attractions at Bomdila. Hill town of Rupa on the banks of Tenga River, Tawang, Malinithan, Tezu et al are excellent excursion options from Itanagar.


  • Adventure Sports :Bomdila near Itanagar is the place to visit for all the adventure seekers who would like to indulge in trekking.


  • How to Reach :The Lilabari Airport at 67 km and the Tezpur Airport 216 km of Assam cater to the air transportation to and from Itanagar. The railway station nearest to the hill resort of Itanagar is North Lakhimpur in the state of Assam. It is at a distance of 60 km from Itanagar At a distance of 10 km from Itanagar is the Naharlagun bus station. The excellent road network links Naharlagun with other important places like Guwahati, Shillong, Ziro, North Lakhimpur and Bomdila. You may board the buses run by the Arunachal Pradesh State Transport from Naharlagun.


  • Best Time to Visit :Itanagar experiences subtropical and alpine types of climates. Thus, the hill resort neither has extreme cold in winters or heat in summers. The climate is pleasant all through the year. Itanagar experiences monsoon rains between the months of July and September. On an average the hill resort receives two hundred and sixty six cm of rainfall annually. The best time to visit the hill resort of Itanagar is between the months of October and March.


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