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Best Time: Oct-Apr Read More

Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Nearest Airport: Jorhat Check Flights

Itanagar Tourism

With the snow capped Himalayas towering on the northern end and the fertile Brahmaputra river plains on the southern, Itanagar is a natural paradise.

Recently opened to tourists by the government, the heritage and tribal culture of the city, which is decades and centuries old, is still intact. The 15th century Ita-Fort, legendary Ganga Lake which is locally known as Gyakar Sinyi and the Buddha Vihar, consecrated by Dalai Lama are among the most important attractions here. The amicable weather throughout the year makes it a tourist's delight. The town of Yupia shares it's attractions with Itanagar. Hence, the two can be covered simultaneously.

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Land of Rising Sun

Nicknamed so for the literal sunrise, witnessed first in India anywhere, Itanagar is the capital of the state of Arunachal Pradesh, currently in controversy over the Chinese claims of the state. Inhabited by a mixed number of tribes, Itanagar is relatively secluded from the rest of India. However, the ingrained cultural roots, coupled with a determination to do well for their motherland keeps Itanagar, in fact, the whole Arunachal Pradesh to be precise, united with India. Famous both spiritually and naturally, Itanagar is one of those relatively unexplored destinations that you should visit, and bring out the charms hidden from the eyes of the world, for everyone to see.  

Restaurants and Local Food in Itanagar

The main elements of the food here are rice, fish, maize, local herbs, bamboo shoots, green leafy vegetables and meat. At the same time there is a distinct influence of Tibetan cuisine on the area's platter and Tibetan relishes must be tried here. One must also not miss the brown bread baked in the cities bakeries, said to be a specialty. Other than these, the popular items include Momos, Thukpa, boiled rice cakes and more. Also, the restaurants here offer Indian, Continental, Chinese and Punjabi food as well.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Reach Itanagar. preferably by noon, and take some rest. In the evening, you can take a stroll on the city side, and do some shopping.
Day 2 - The next day should be earmarked for a visit to the Ita Fort. Thereon, you can proceed to Ganga Lake, or if you prefer, go to Namdhapa National Park, for some sightseeing.
Day 3 - The final day can be reserved for some blessings from Gompa Buddhist Temple and Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, which houses some of the rarest species of the birds.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

A charming amalgam of Buddhist culture, nature & history. Adorned with beautiful & natural tourist hotspots.

What's Not So Great?

A little difficult to access.

For Whom?

Itanagar is ideal for nature lovers, history buffs and photographers. Equally suitable for backpackers touring nearby sites like Shillong, Guwahati etc.

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How To Reach Itanagar

Itanagar, despite being the capital of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, is well connected to the rest of India only by roadways. Regular bus services ply to and fro the city of Itanagar; buses being operated both by private and government owners. There is no direct flight or rail connectivity, however, to Itanagar. The airport at Itanagar is under construction, so the nearest one available, around 70 km away from Itanagar, is the Lilabari airport, which connects Itanagar to the rest of India via airways.

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Q. Must Itanagar be on my North East Itinerary? What's to do there?

Subhobrata Das 1 year ago
Yes you should definitely visit Itanagar if you're in the region. There are lots of things here such as the Ganga Lake and the Namdhapa National Park. Itanagar also has a wildlife sanctuary and a Buddhist temple.

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Kumar Kislay 1 year ago
- Try to make it to your hotel by sun down. Be sure to carry mosquito repelants. Be sure to buy your own mineral water and try to stick to hygenic places for meals. Most of the people understand Hindi here, so language shouldn't be a problem.
Rajib Mitra 1 year ago
Worthless place to visit...highly overrated...nothing of fort is there just a clump of bricks....poorly maintained...people can enter by purchasing rs 10 ticket....overgrown with shrubs and trees
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