Places to Visit in Itanagar

Places to See in Itanagar

Being nestled in the lap of mother nature, Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh is located at the foothills of the Himalayas. A scenic city, Itanagar is known for a naturally rich environment and a pleasant climate.

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.

The climate of this capital city is warm, yet pleasant most of the year. Post-monsoon and winter months are cool, though summer months can get hot. The best time to visit this city is January to June and September to November.

Tourist Places in Itanagar

Ita Fort

Category : History & Culture
This fort was constructed by the Ahom rulers in the 14th or 15th century. The meaning of Ita Fort in Ahom language is 'Fort of Bricks'. In fact, the city got its name after this fort. The fort was built using 8 million bricks and stood guarding the city. The reason why this fort is unique is because it was not common for forts to be constructed in the North East.

Jawaharlal Nehru Museum

Category : History & Culture
This museum is the right place to see the culture of this region. It is full of interesting information regarding woodwork, musical instruments and different kinds of textiles and handicrafts. There is a workshop located within the presence of this museum and one can see craftsmen working on cane products. There is also a library within the museum complex, which is open to the public.

Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary

Category : Wild Life
This wildlife sanctuary is one of the major attractions in the city and frequented by many tourists, especially the animal lovers. The park is home to many species of animals, birds and plants, such as macaque, hillock gibbon, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, red panda, apart from being home to over four hundred species of birds.

Buddha Temple

Category : Religious
The Dalai Lama himself consecrated this temple, which sits in a peaceful spot surrounded by mighty hills all around.

Ganga Lake

Category : Nature
The Ganga Lake, also known as the Gyaka Sinyi is a beautiful lake which is a popular tourist attraction in Itanagar. The lake is also known as the forest lake as it is set in the middle of a lot of greenery.

Polo Park

Category : Garden
This is a beautiful botanical garden and has evolved as a popular tourist attraction in Itanagar. The park also has a mini zoo, which houses reptiles, rabbits, and guinea pigs.

Indira Gandhi Park

Category : Garden
This park has a wide variety of trees and plants. It is one of the places in the state capital where families can spend their leisure time. There are slides in the park where children can play.

Apart from these tourist attractions, Itanagar is also popular for trekking options for adventure lovers. The Itanagar-Ziro-Daporijo-Pashighat is a beautiful trekking route which begins in Itanagar and is gaining popularity among tourists.

Last Updated on : November 11, 2016