Itanagar

Itanagar is the capital of the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Updated: June 21, 2020

Itanagar is the capital of the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Set in the foothills of the Himalayas on the northern end and the fertile Brahmaputra river plains on the southern, the city is home to medieval Ita Fort and the Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, which exhibits textiles and handicrafts. The nearby Gompa, a yellow-roofed Buddhist temple, known as Buddha Vihar was consecrated by the Dalai Lama. West of town is Geker Sinying, also known as Ganga Lake which is locally known as Gyakar Sinyi, surrounded by forests, orchids and ferns. The town of Yupia shares it's attractions with Itanagar. Hence, the two can be covered simultaneously.

The Ita fort is an important tourist spot that is located in the Papum Pare district. Ita Fort literally means the fort of bricks as 'Ita' means brick in the Ahom language. 

Itanagar was named after this fort which was built around 14th century AD.

Ganga Lake, also known as the Gyankar Sinyi, is a major attraction for locals and tourists for its  beautiful water body accompanied with the peaceful and serene atmosphere and the lush green mountains in the vicinity. The pristine clear water and the shadows of the towering Himalayas highlight the beauty of the lake as well. 

Namdapha National Park is the third largest national park in the country that is situated in the far eastern corner of the country in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. With its altitude varying from 200 meters to 4500 meters, the National Park is a haven of rare and endangered animal and plant species where you can spot species such as Snow Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Leopard, and Tiger. It is one of the most vibrant bio-diversities in the country.  

Namdapha National Park is that it is a combination of two Singpho words that mean 'Forest Keeping' indicating the conservation of forests. Being in the lower Eastern Himalayan belt, the national park provides a beautiful view of the nearby peaks. It is perfect for some forest trekking and hiking activities and for relaxation.

Rupa is a hill station that lies on the banks of Tenga and provides tourists with the most brilliant sights. It is situated at a distance of approximately 20 kilometers from Itanagar. In addition to the scenic beauty, it also has Rupa Monastery which is a monastery in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Shertukpen, is a tribal village in the city and a unique way to experience the culture and lifestyle of locals. You can also explore the Guru Rinpoche Cave which is also situated nearby.  

Gompa Buddhist Temple is the most major tourist spot of Itanagar as well as Arunachal Pradesh. The USP of the temple is its striking yellow roof because of which this structure can be identified from afar. The roof is contrasted by the green carpets that surround the shrine. The most important feature for the tourists as well as the followers of the sculpture of Lord Buddha.  

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