Resting on the lower hills of the Himalayas, Itanagar is the capital of the largest North-Eastern state of India. Itanagar is a spectacular, scenic town with exponential tourism potential and with increasing amenities and accessibility. The Ganga Lake that lies in the vicinity of lush green mountains with water that appears to be crystal clear that adds to its serenity. Geykar Sinyik which means confined waters (also known as the Ganga Lake) is natural lake enclosed by lush and gorgeous woods. This particular location is immensely serene and breathtaking, a perfect getaway from the usually bustling lanes of the city.
Ita Fort (the Fort of Bricks) is a monument of great consequence; the city derived its name from this edifice. Built in the early 15th century during the reign of Jitari Dynasty, this Fort has an asymmetrical architectural profile. On the other hand the Jawaharlal Nehru Museum manages to capture the history of the town through a neat display of archeological objects, textiles, weaponry, artifacts and household articles belonging to the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. The city also has countless national parks that provide home to diverse flora and fauna under the snow-capped Himalayas. Jawaharlal Nehru Museum showcases the history and tribal culture of Itanagar. Nearby locations of Bomdila, Malinithan, Parshuram Kund and Bhishmak Nagar are popular excursions from Itanagar.
Itanagar also has picturesque hill stations and adventure sports options that add the element of thrill in an otherwise tranquil vacation. However, to get a true feel of the city, plan your visit during December where the 'Nyokum festival' a celebration to invite all the gods and Goddesses of the universe are solemnized with an intense festive spirit. Also, Itanagar's cuisine has a distinct Tibetan influence and do check out the local shops for a shopping experience at dirt cheap prices.
If one suddenly feels spiritual or curious about spirituality they should definitely witness the aura of the Buddhist Temple with the most beautiful yellow roof. It nestles in the chilly hills of Itanagar with the most scenic, landscaped conditions. It would be a brilliant experience to ditch those backpacks and cameras for a while and contemplate with Lord Buddha. Travelers should definitely check out the Craft Centre and Emporium of the city, it has a variety of original, handmade and quality products to offer. Shopping experience of Itanagar is worthwhile because of its inimitable and exclusive creations.
The Zoological Park, Indira Gandhi Park and Polo Park are a few places to name in the city where travelers can enjoy the company of flora and fauna. Itanagar can be reached by bus from various cities in Assam. Nearest airport and railway stations are in Assam. However, regular helicopter services are also available between Guwahati and Itanagar.
Some say, the gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands. If you perhaps visit in the winter carry woollen clothes with you at all times but the summer time is quiet pleasant will certainly make your trip last a lifetime. Itanagar hence becomes a perfect and legitimate excuse to bid farewell to those wooden cubicles and GET OUTSIDE.
Itanagar - THINGS TO KNOW
Hill-station, Scenic, City
Tibetan, Adi, Tani & English