Travel to Itanagar

Itanagar Tourism

Itanagar is the capital of Arunachal Pradesh and is located at the foothills of the Himalayas.

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.

Itanagar's climate is warm, yet pleasant most of the year. Post-monsoon and winter months are cool, though summer months can get hot.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Itanagar is from October to April.

How to Reach Itanagar

Being the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar is very well connected and here is how you can get here.

By Rail

The nearest railway station to Itanagar is at Harmuti in Assam, which is located at a distance of 52 km from Itanagar. There are regular taxi services from Harmuti to Itanagar and they charge Rs.500-600 for the journey. Harmuti is well connected to other cities in the North East.

By Bus

Itanagar has a good road network and there are overnight express buses which connect Itanagar to Guwahati. Apart from that, the Arunachal State Transport Corporation run government buses connect Itanagar to other cities in the North East as well.

By Air

Lilabari in Assam is the nearest airport to Itanagar. Located 67 km from Itanagar, Lilabari is well connected by flights from Guwahati. Pawan Hans has helicopter services between Itanagar and Guwahati three times a week.

Distance to Guwahati
  • From delhi - 1959 KM
  • From gangtok - 589 KM
  • From chennai - 2718 KM
  • From nagpur - 1883 KM
  • From mumbai - 2746 KM
  • From hyderabad - 2370 KM
Guwahati Distance Chart

Getting around Itanagar

The best way to explore Itanagar, is on foot. That way you get to see more of the city and get acquainted with the character of the city better. Apart from that you can also hire autos or taxis which are available on a shared basis.

Hotels in Itanagar

Itanagar has quite a good choice of hotels, right from three star hotels to budget hotels to government lodges. Most of these hotels are located in the heart of the city, close to tourist attractions.

Budget Hotels in Itanagar:
  • Hotel Blue Pine
    Ganga Market
    Arunachal Pradesh
Mid Range Hotels in Itanagar:
  • Arun Subansari Hotel
    Zero Point, Tinali
    Itanagar - 791111
    Arunachal Pradesh
Shopping in Itanagar

Itanagar is a shopper's delight and you can pick up some very interesting items like woolen shawla, sarongs, wooden articles, Buddhist paintings, also known as Thangkas. Other interesting things you can pick up in Itanagar are woodcarvings, bamboo and cane items and bowls.

Itanagar Cuisine

Food in Itanagar is primarily non-vegetarian and is seasoned with bamboo shoots and local herbs. Apart from meat, plenty of leafy vegetables and maize is also consumed, along with fish and eggs. Apong is a local alcoholic beverage prepared using rice and millet.

Restaurants in Itanagar

Itanagar has many restaurants where one can get good and tasty food and restaurants here serve Indian, Continental and Chinese food apart from many local dishes.

A few popular restaurants in Itanagar are:
  • The Poong Nest (VIP Road)

  • Hot Bite Restaurant (near hotel Arun Subansiri, near the city centre)

  • Hotel Blue Pine (a family run establishment)

  • Hotel Bomdila and Bhismak Restaurant

Also popular in Itanagar are local bakeries, where you can sample some really delicious brown bread.

Tourist Attractions in Itanagar
  • Ita Fort
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Museum
  • Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Buddha Temple
  • Ganga Lake
  • Polo Park
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Last Updated on : 30/09/2013