Itanagar is the capital of Arunachal Pradesh and is located at the foothills of the Himalayas.The city comes under the Papum Pare administrative district and is well connected to the rest of the country by road and air. Itanagar got its name from the historical Ita Fort which goes back to the 15th century.Â Itanagar’s climate is warm, yet pleasant most of the year. Post-monsoon and winter months are cool, though summer months can get hot.
Â HOW TO REACH
Being the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar is very well connected and here is how you can get here.
The nearest railway station to Itanagar is at Harmuti in Assam, which is located at a distance of 52 km from Itanagar. There are regular taxi services from Harmuti to Itanagar and they charge Rs.500-600 for the journey. Harmuti is well connected to other cities in the North East.
Itanagar has a good road network and there are overnight express buses which connect Itanagar to Guwahati. Apart from that, the Arunachal State Transport Corporation run government buses connect Itanagar to other cities in the North East as well.
Lilabari in Assam is the nearest airport to Itanagar. Located 67 km from Itanagar, Lilabari is well connected by flights from Guwahati. Pawan Hans has helicopter services between Itanagar and Guwahati three times a week.
WHAT TO SEE
The Polo Park is located in Naharlagun. It is situated on the top of a ridge with interesting botanical specimens including the cane thicket which looks like palm as well as a small zoo.
The Buddhist Temple is located in Itanagar. The new yellow roofed Buddhist Temple stands in well kept gardens on top of the hill. The shrine is behind a stupa and on one side has a tree planted by the Dalai Lama.
The Ganga Lake is 6 kms. away from Itanagar. It provides a drive through jungle with bamboo, tree ferns and orchids growing on tall trees. When the road reaches the foot of the hill, you walk across a bamboo bridge, up steps cut on the red clay of the hill to reach a ridge which looks down on the forest lake which you can row across on a boat.
Ita FortÂ :-
Ita Fort is one of the renowned ancient marvels of the region, located in the middle of the capital complex in Papum Pare district. Constructed by Ahom rulers and identified as root of the city, the region is named after this fort. Spread over an area of 45 cubic metres, the historic fort gives the testimony of stone work.Â The structure built during 14th and 15th century features three gates on various sides, known as Eastern, Western and Southern gates. Around 8 million bricks and 45,000 man-days were consumed for the construction of testament that was the guardian to the kingdom in yesteryears.
Itanagar is a shopper’s delight and you can pick up some very interesting items like woolen shawla, sarongs, wooden articles, Buddhist paintings, also known as Thangkas. Other interesting things you can pick up in Itanagar are woodcarvings, bamboo and cane items and bowls.
Food in Itanagar is primarily non-vegetarian and is seasoned with bamboo shoots and local herbs. Apart from meat, plenty of leafy vegetables and maize is also consumed, along with fish and eggs. Apong is a local alcoholic beverage prepared using rice and millet.