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Ita Fort: A Fort That Gave Name to the Town

Ita Fort at Itanagar
Ita Fort at Itanagar
Ita Fort is one of the few forts made of bricks
Ita Fort is one of the few forts made of bricks
View of Ita Fort, the valley beneath and hills surrounding the valley
View of Ita Fort, the valley beneath and hills surrounding the valley
Newly constructed foothpath around Ita Fort
Newly constructed foothpath around Ita Fort
The observatory tower at Ita Fort
The observatory tower at Ita Fort
Steps around the Ita Fort premise
Steps around the Ita Fort premise
A beautiful bungalow near Ita Fort
A beautiful bungalow near Ita Fort
The valley at the base of the hill where Ita Fort stands
The valley at the base of the hill where Ita Fort stands
View of Itanagar from Ita Fort
View of Itanagar from Ita Fort

Itanagar the capital of Arunachal Pradesh is named after Ita Fort, a place of utmost historical importance to the state. It is literally translated from the Ahom language as ‘fort of bricks’. It was built in the 14th or 15th century and the total brickwork consists of 16,200 cubic metre lengths. Ita Fort has three entrances- each on the West, the East and the South and the fort is believed to have been built by king Mayapur of Ramachandra, from the Jitari Dynasty. 

 Ita Fort’s claim as a place of historical importance cannot be disputed however in terms of being a tourist destination it is overrated. Perched on top of a hill, cut by steep cliff on one side the view of the valley from here is astonishing, but as for the fort nothing much remained except for few blocks of bricks. The fort is different in the way that most forts I've come across are built with imposing-size stones, but here the fort is made of bricks. Efforts are being made to turn this into a serious tourist destination. When I went there it was already closed for renovation but I managed to sneak in and explore the place. A small view tower by the fort is a nice place to rest with the breeze brushing your face, with a view of the valley behind and an odd view of the fort. 

How to reach:

There are local taxis but one can also walk from the main road. It is a 15-20 minutes climb.

 

 

One Response to “Ita Fort: A Fort That Gave Name to the Town”

  1. Kit Walker says:

    Hi

    I like your assessment, as a place of tourist interest I think Itafort is highly overrated. In addition even from a historical perspective not much effort has been taken to figure out what this place was about, who leaved here, were people at any point in time more peaceful than they are today :).. Liked your description of the place.

    Cheers

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