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Itanagar – The Capital Of Arunachal Pradesh

Have you ever felt like going to a place which is surrounded by greenery all around you and when you breathe you could realize fresh air soothing your senses? In this article, I would be talking about one particular place like this. Arunachal Pradesh is considered to be one of the best places to spend your vacation in. However, there are numerous places in the state and visiting each of them may not be possible. The place I would like to talk about today is Itanagar which is the capital of the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Not only this place has many places to trek but has a great history which makes it a cultural heritage. Here is everything you need to know about Itanagar

Itanagar – The Capital Of Arunachal Pradesh

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1. About the place

Itanagar becomes the capital of the state in 1974. As this place is visited by tourists from all around the country you would notice immense diversity and a result of this it is referred to as Mini India. Itanagar is the largest city of Arunachal Pradesh and falls under the jurisdiction of Papumpare District. One thing which you would find here in huge numbers is archaeological sites which makes it rich in historical heritage. If you have been looking for a place which is fit for trekking then look no further because Itanagar is the perfect place for you. Numerous trekkers from all corners of the country come to this place to climb the hills of this region.

2. How to reach the place

Reaching Itanagar maybe a little for you as it is not connected well by train or air. If you are planning to come here by railways then you would be facing a little challenge as the railway lines in the region is not well connected. The nearest railway station near Itanagar is Harmuti which is located at a distance of nearly 40 kilometres from the city. Coming here via airways is also a challenge because currently, the airport here is under construction. The nearest airports here are Tezpur and Lilbari which is around 50 kilometres away from the city. If you can manage to come to Guwahati or Assam then you can avail the helicopter facilities provided by Pawan Hans which would drop you at Naharlagun. From here, the city is just 10 kilometres away. If you are coming via roadways then the best possible option would be to take Highway 52A. Numerous buses run from Guwahati, Banderdewa and Tezpur which would drop you at your destination.

Lohit View @ Arunachal Pradesh
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3. Best Time To Visit

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Itanagar is one of the few places in India which can be visited throughout the year without any tension of the weather conditions. However, if you want to enjoy the local festivals here like Nyokum which is one of the most important festivals of the tribals here then you would need to plan your vacation according to their dates. There are many other festivals like Losar and Reh which is celebrated in the region. The face of the city looks amazing during these festivals and the actual culture can be witnessed during this time.

4. Best Places To Visit
Itanagar has numerous places where you can visit. However, going to each particular place may not be possible. I will try to narrow it down to 7 places which you can think of visiting here.

1. Ita Fort

The fort was constructed by King Mayapur of Ramachandra which belonged to Jitari Dynasty in the 14th century. Have you ever wanted to see an architectural marvel? If yes, then you cannot afford to miss out on this place. When you visit this fort, you would realize that it would have been incredibly difficult to build a fort like that in the place where it is situated in. The fort can be considered as a perfect example of the talent of the ancient architects. The fort covers an area of 45 cubic metres and it is said that more than 7 million bricks were used in the construction of this particular fort. If you go to the top of the fort you would get a magnificent view of the valley. The fort might not be very appealing to the eyes but you appreciate the fact that it was constructed in a difficult place like that it would really interest you.

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Snow Pigeons - Sela Pass - Arunachal Pradesh - India
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2. Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary

If you are an animal lover, nature lover or a have an interest in photography then you would really appreciate this place. The view of the hills and valleys are an amazing sight to all nature enthusiasts and the sanctuary is rich in flora so you can expect to see all kind of exotic flowers and trees here. The sanctuary covers an area of over 100 square kilometres and can be defined as a picture-perfect destination. You can expect to see Himalayan black bear, antelopes, langur and porcupines here. it is home to many migratory birds and you can spot over 500 different varieties of birds.

3. Ganga Lake

In order to get to this place, you would need to travel around 10 kilometres from Itanagar. This place is one of its kind. Imagine, a lake which is surrounded by greenery and big mountains all around and you boating around in a place like this. Ganga lake has a similar thing to offer to you. This lake is also called Gyakar Sinyi and has an atmosphere which would surely calm your senses down. Make sure that you carry your camera because you would want to capture the beautiful view you get from this place.

4. Polo Park

Honestly, I am not a person who is into flowers that much so I didn’t really like this place. On the other hand, my friends were really interested in this place so I decided to mention this place on this list. If you are into flora then this botanical garden would surely win your heart because it has a huge collection of rare and exotic flowers which would really win your heart. Inside the park, they have kind of a mini zoo where you would get to see rabbits and guinea pigs.

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Sangetsar Lake
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5. Namdaoha national park

In order to visit this park, you would need to travel to Changland district. It is India’s national park and is located at an altitude of 4500 metres. If you are an animal or nature enthusiast then you would fall in love with the place. The park has officially been declared a Tiger Reserve and you can expect to see animals like leopard, tiger, black bear and deer in this park. You would be getting an amazing view of the Himalayas from this place; so, if you are into photography you could click some amazing pictures.

6. Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum

If you like studying about history then you would really like this place. When I went to this place, I really liked the handicrafts here, they were incredibly detailed and looking at them made me wonder how did they manage to make it in the first place. If you like antiques then you would enjoy the archaeology section here.

7. Indira Gandhi Park

The last place to make it to this list is Indira Gandhi Park. If you have been looking for a place where you want to get peace, relaxation or a little solitude then this is the perfect place for you. When you visit this place, you would come across a lot of greenery and trees which would really win your heart.

Coming to the capital of the state might be a little challenging but once you come here you would find all your efforts worth it. It is one of the places which is a perfect fit for every age group. If history interests you visit forts, if you are into an adventure try trekking, if you are looking for peace and relaxation visit valleys. Overall, no matter what your age is you would enjoy this place. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and leave for Itanagar right now!

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Meghna is an MBA HR by profession, she has 5 years of corporate experience in HR and Admin. She has a very simple style of writing this is one reason why her work reaches easily to different types of people. Apart from writing she also loves to shop be it real or window she can spend hours shopping :).

Currently, her little one keeps her occupied. However, her passion for writing still forces her to take some time out time and pen down her thoughts into words. She truly loves both her jobs, looking after her naughty little kid at time same time create quality content for the website.

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