Buddhist Monastery, ItanagaItanagar 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
By Air : 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.
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.
Tourist Attractions Around ItanagarBuddhist Temple
Tezpur : 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 experiments.
Bomdila : 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.
Dibang : 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 : 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 Tawang.
Ziro : 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 tribal people.
Pasighat : 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.