Jawaharlal Nehru Museum
Ganga Lake (Gyakar Sinyi)
Craft Centre and Emporium
Welcome to Itanagar City,
Itanagar is the capital of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Itanagar is situated at the foothills of Himalayas. It comes administratively under Papum Pare district. Itanagar got its name from the historical Ita Fort which goes back to the 15th century. The Nishis or Nishings is the major tribe in Itanagar area. However, Itanagar can be called as mini India, as people from all over the country, live here in harmony.
Interesting places around are historical fort called Ita-fort, legendary Ganga Lake or Gyakar Sinyi and the new Buddhist temple known as Buddha Vihar consecrated by the Dalai Lama etc. Itanagar's climate is pleasant most of the year. Post-monsoon and winter months are favourable time to visit.
It is one of the most attractive structures of Arunachal Pradesh. Decorated with yellow roof this temple stands majestically on the top of a small hillock surrounded with some most picturesque gardens. These gardens are maintained by the state which adds to the scenic beauty of the area. While the main shrine is placed behind a large stupa, this place also contains some of the exceptional plants planted by Dalai Lama. Overall the place is a major place of worship which also attracts the tourists with its scenic beauty.
Here one can see and buy local artifacts like wall painting, traditional costumes made of natural vegetable and herbal dye yarns, and attractive utility items made of cane and bamboo.
Fishing is another important sporting activity in Itanagar. With number of rivers flowing through Arunachal Pradesh there are good opportunities available for anglers to opt for angling and fishing. The abundance of water has helped the sport to flourish in the state. Fishing is possible at many places like Pasighat on the river Siang, Tezu on the river Lohit and Bhalukpong and Tipi on the river Kameng.
Gayker Sinyi also known as Ganga Lake is a small lake situated amidst the dense forest of Great Himalayas. This picturesque lake is situated at a distance of 6 kms from Itanagar. This has been developed as a major tourist spot by the state government which is surrounded with some primeval vegetation, orchids and tall trees along with bamboo groves.
Ita Fort in Itanagar town, is one of the most important historical sites in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, India. The name literally means "Fort of bricks"( brick being called "Ita" in the Ahom language). The Ita Fort was built as early as the 14th or the 15th century. The fort has an irregular shape, built mainly with bricks dating back to the 14th-15th Century. The fort has three different entrances at three different sides, which are western, the eastern and the southern sides. Archaeological finds from the site are on displayed at the Jawaharlal Nehru Museum, Itanagar.
Itanagar Reserve Forest was declared as Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary. The capital of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar in located within the Sanctuary. The area was rich in the population of Wildlife like Sambar, Barking Deer, Elephant herbs, Tiger and Panthers. However, the Wildlife is available in a fair number especially in the northern and eastern side of the Itanagar Sanctuary.
The vegetation of this Sanctuary can be classified as tropical semi evergreen and wet evergreen. The main features of the forest are Heterogeneous mixture of the species with the merging of evergreen and semi evergreen forest into one another. Pure patches of bamboos are very common in almost all the area. The terrain is entirely hilly except the valleys and foothills. The hills are very broken and cut up by numerous streams and rivers. The valleys are narrow and the hill slopes are mostly steep to very steep. A large chunk of Sanctuary falls under Mixed Bamboo forests.
The Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum also referred as Jawaharlal Nehru Museum is the state museum of Arunachal Pradesh, in Itanagar. Established in the 1980s, it showcases aspects of tribal life of Arunachal Pradesh, India. These include clothing, headdress, weapons, handicraft, music instruments, jewellery and other artifacts of daily use and culture, besides archeological finds.
The ground floor of the museum houses an extensive ethnographic collection, including traditional art, musical instruments, religious objects, and handicrafts, like wood carving and cane products, while the first floor has archaeological objects found in Ita Fort, Noksparbat and Malinithan in West Siang district. Apart from its collection, the museum runs a workshop for traditional cane products at its Handicrafts Centre. The museum shop sells tribal handicrafts.
You will be treated with some exceptional challenge, while on your mountain expedition on some of the tallest snow-peaked mountains of Arunachal Pradesh. The area between Bomdila and Tawang is a paradise for mountaineers, which refreshes the mind of the mountaineers with its enchanting beauty.
Namdapha National Park is the largest protected area in the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot. It is also the third largest national park in India in terms of area. It is located in the Eastern Himalayan sub-region and is recognized as one of the richest areas in biodiversity in India. The area is also known for extensive Dipterocarp forests. The area falls under both the Palearctic and Indo Malayan biogeographic areas resulting in a diverse species assemblage. The habitat changes with increasing altitude from tropical moist forests to Montane forests, temperate forests and at the higher elevations, to Alpine meadows and perennial snow. The park has extensive bamboo forests and secondary forests in addition to the primary forests.
Polo Park is a beautiful botanical park located in Naharlagun region. The park has evolved as a major tourist attraction as it features a wide collection of flowers and orchids. Thickets of cane are the highlights of the park. To the delight of visitors, there is a mini zoo at the park housing reptiles and animal species including rabbits, guinea pigs and snakes.
Rafting on the Siang River along with cluster of water birds will prove to be thrilling experience. Some of the othe river rafting routes include Subansiri (Taliha- North of Daporijo), Kameng (Seppa- Bhalukpung) and Dibang (Anini- Assam Border).
The hill town of Rupa (a tiny hill station in fact) lies on the river banks of the winding Tenga River. The scenic beauty of Rupa and the adjoining river of Tenga is simply marvelous. An early morning or late afternoon drive around the Rupa border (flat area on the hilltop) is breathtaking. It is not only the natural beauty that enchants you but what amazes is the fact that these places have not been explored earlier and are literally untouched by human follies.
Tawang Monastery Tawang is one of the famous pilgrim centres of the Buddhists, constructed in 17th century. The 350 years old Buddhist monastery features a wide collection of old scriptures, sculptures, painted tapestries and books. The monastery is also identified as Gaden Namgyal Lhatse, as it was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso. Perched atop the hill, the centre lies at an altitude of 10,000 ft above sea level. The Buddhist pilgrim centre is enveloped in ravines on south and west directions, whereas narrow ridge and gradual slope adjoins the monastery from north and east respectively.
Kakaling, the entrance gate of a hut-like structure made up of stone, is the highlight of the centre. Its ceiling is painted with Kying-khors (Mandalas), whereas inner walls are painted with mural of saints and deities. From the site, tourists can sight beautiful Tawang-chu valley.
Snow covered peaks and valleys across Arunachal Pradesh have concealed in their womb a number of orchids. In Tipi, tourists can make a visit to an Orchidarium. This is the house of orchids, where in can be seen the well preserved in glass houses. All care is given to these orchids to ensure their steady growth.
Tourists who love adventure regularly visit the place to explore the number of trekking routes located in the mountains. The Bomdila-Tawang area offers enormous scope for trekkers. The area around Tawang Chu is challenging for trekkers. One can start trekking from Jong to Mago passing through beautiful jungles where the trekkers can view beautiful waterfalls. The best period for trekking begins from the month of May and continues till October. Some more enchanting trekking routes are: Bomdila-Seppa, Daporijo-Taksing, Along-Mechuka, Pasighat-Tuting, Daporijo-Along, Pasighat-Mariang, and Bomdila-Daimara-via-Ramlingam and Chakku.
- Religious Places : Gompa Mandir, Hanuman Mandir, Monastery, Christian Revival Church etc.