Itanagar is the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh. This is the best place to visit for the natural lovers as it is located at foot hills of Himalayas. Tourists plan for the long vacations in this place. One of the major attractions is wooden houses which act as a proof and protect from the earthquake. Trekking trail between Ziro and Daporijo are most famous here. Other popular trekking trails are between Tawang – jorhat Trail, Jong- Tawang trail.
Different cultures in the Itanagar are Miri tribes, Apatanis, Galos, Adis, and Nyishi. Of the cultures biggest culture is Nyishi. Tamladu, Reh, Losar are the famous festivals in Itanagar. Buddhist influence is more in this place. Hindus believe that this is the birth place of Lord Parshuram. During 11th century name of the Itanagar is Mayapur. Tourists have to take permission to visit the restricted areas from Government of Arunachal Pradesh before 4 weeks. Shopping Tourists mainly attracted towards sarongs, Carpets, Local attires, Shawls, wood carvings etc…
What to see in Itanagar:
Ita Fort: This fort was constructed during 14th century. 80 lakh bricks are used for the construction of this fort.
Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum: This museum consists of library also. It is a collection of local textile handicrafts, musical instruments, wood carvings, archaeological artifacts etc…. Special attraction of the museum is a handicraft workshop. This workshop show how crafts will be made using cane.
Buddha Temple: This is also known as Buddha Vihar. This was consecrated by Dalai Lama. Mountain View is the special attraction from this place. Tibetan influence is more in the construction of the temple.
Ganga Lake: This is one of the best picnic spot in itanagar. Mountain ranges can be viewed from this place. Other name of this lake is Gyakar Sinyi.
Tipi: This is a large glass house. Several varieties of orchids are kept in this place.
What to see around Itanagar:
Polo Park: It is a botanical garden. Large variety of flowers and plant can be seen here. Mini Zoo is arranged in this place. It is located in the outskirts (12 Kms away ) of Itanagar.
Other places to see: Other places like Tawang (325 Kms), Bomdila (229 Kms), Ziro (147 Kms), Namdapha National Park (355 Kms) are very far from this place. Other than these places there are no places so near to Itanagar.
Getting to Itanagar: This place is well connected with road ways. Nearest railway station is Harmuti. Nearest Airport is Lilabari in Assam. From all other cities like Bombdila, Tezpur, Pasighat, Ziro etc… bus facility is available even in the night timings.
Getting around Itanagar: If tourists to see the outskirts walking are the best way. Auto and cycle rickshaws are also available. If tourists want to go to other places buses and taxis are available.
Best Time to visit this place: Tourists can plan between October to April to visit this place.
Where to stay in Itanagar: Almost all the hotels are low level and medium level hotels. Luxurious hotels are very rare. Best hotels are Circuit Houses and Guest Houses of Government.
Where to eat in Itanagar: Restaurants are very limited in this place. Only Indian cuisine is available. In very few restaurants Chinese cuisine is available. Hot Bite Restaurant, Bhishmak Restaurants, Lucky Restaurant, Cafe vantage are the some of the best restaurants in Itanagar.