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Itanagar is the kind of city that has got tremendous potential when it comes to exploring the beauty of nature. From parks and forts to museums and lakes, Itanagar has got just about everything in the right proportion for its tourists and locals alike. The culture and lifestyle of this place are simply amazing to discover for any outsider bestowing a completely new and unique perspective upon their conscience. 

The people of Itanagar are very hospitable and kind. Moreover, it is here that you will also get to find a great number of tribes such as Nyishi, Adi, Apatani, Galo, etc. The presence of these tribes makes Itanagar a very diverse hub of culture and traditions. Apart from the people, the green forests and orchids of this place come across as a must-see for anyone. Jawaharlal Nehru Museum and the Ganga lake are some of the most amazing tourist destinations to explore in Itanagar. 

History of Itanagar

Like its culture, Itanagar doesn’t have an equally diverse history as well. However, one strong historical aspect of Itanagar is the ‘Ita fort’. It is said that this incredible fort was built by King Mayapur from the Jitari dynasty sometime in the 14th-15th century. Mayapur used to be the capital of Arunachal Pradesh and was a place with a lot of historical prominences. What’s really intriguing to know is that the brickwork done in this fort is of 16,200 cubic meter lengths. This place has three entrances each on the west, the east, and the south. 

Apart from this, the historical account of Itanagar can be termed as quite vague. The archaeological relics of this place don’t give any kind of information about the presence of the historical past. The Ahoms kingdom ruled this place for some time in the medieval period. The chronicles known as Ahom Buranjis state that the Ahoms ruled this geographical part of the land for about six centuries and it was around their kingdom that all the historical developments had happened. However, in the year 1614, the Ahoms saw a complete defeat bringing an end to their rule but the rivalry between the Ahoms and the Nishis continued for a long time. 

Places to Visit in Itanagar

Ganga Lake. One of the most popular places to visit in Ita Nagar, Ganga Lake is typically known for its iconic scenic beauty. The calm environment, the lush greenery and the lofty mountains around this lake make it a must-visit tourist attraction.  

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Ita Fort. A significant landmark of the ancient times, situated at the Papum Pare district, it is quite a fascinating travel getaway. And now, it has turned into one of the main tourist spots. The word 'Ita' refers to the bricks in the Ahom language.

Things to do in Itanagar

Visit Namdapha National Park. A wonderful destination where one gets a chance to see many endangered species is what this national park has to offer. For nature lovers, this place is just a perfect travel getaway. This place offers a great opportunity to click pictures of some of the most vibrant biodiversities in the nation.

Visit Rupa Hill Station. Placed at a distance of 20km from Itanagar, this place is a must-visit for travelers. Alongside this, you can also appreciate the untouched beauty of nature. The borders of this place are on the banks of Tenga, making this truly an incredible sight for the tourists. You also get to appreciate the green attractive grasslands along with the scenic mountains making it just the perfect spot for a weekend gateway.

Events and festivals in and Around Itanagar

Ziro Music Festival. This world popular music festival was started in 2012 by Bobby Hano and Anup Kutty and the team has a long list of names now. The festival became popular because of its originality and also because of the location it was organized in. (Read More)

Torgya Monastery Festival. It is a monastic festival mainly which happens at the Tawang Monastery and is full of rich colours and brightness all around. It is a three days long festival and people enjoy every bit of the festival. It starts with the recitation of prayers and Monastic dances and is celebrated in order to kill the evil spirits and seek blessings and prosperity for loved ones and crops. (Read More)

Best Time to Visit Itanagar

October to April is the best time to visit Itanagar as, during this time, the overall weather is pleasant here which is great for sightseeing. 

How to Reach Itanagar

By Air. There are no direct flights to Itanagar. The nearest airport is the Rowriah airport in Jorhat, Assam located at a distance of around 70 km. After getting out of the airport you can take a cab or some other means of transportation to reach your destination.  

By Road. If you love road trips then traveling to Itanagar is a good opportunity to explore Indian road geography. You can easily travel to Itanagar from major Indian cities like Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, and Mumbai. The time frame it will take you to reach Itanagar from these respective destinations would be around 42, 59, 64 and 58 hours. 

By Train. Harmuti railway station in Assam and Naharlagun railway station in Arunachal Pradesh are the nearby railheads to travel to Itanagar. Both these railheads have good train connectivity with other Indian cities.

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