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Arunachal Pradesh: Itanagar
Itanagar - The Capital of Arunachal Pradesh:
The old and new cities of Itanagar are located at a distance of 10 km from each other. The petite picturesque old city, Naharlagan, situated at an altitude of 200 meters, is encircled by small mountains all around. Shopping complex and main bus stand both are located in the old city. Arunachal state museum, Polo Park or Botanical garden and mini zoo are the hot and imperative attractions of the old city. Assamese, Hindi and English all of these languages are popular in the city. Some indwellers talk in Bengali also. Achin river is there on the valley, located at the lower elevation. Different tribes are living on different parts of the river banks.
Itanagar, spread over 2500 acres of expansive lands, is situated at a height of 750 meters from the plains. 25,000 people are living in Itanagar town. Salubrious climate coupled with mild temperature are fortes of Itanagar. Government and private buses are connecting new city to the old city. Visit the Rajbhawan and secretariat at the left hand side of the road and also gaze at the Buddha monastery amidst the astounding natural locus. The adjoining place around holy tree, planted by Dalai Lama, is a secluded and sacred spot for the Buddhists. Enjoy the view of the whole city from the premise of the monastery which is adorned by the Tibetan architecture.
Don’t forget to watch the archeological sculptures along with the exhibition dedicated to the colorful cultural lives of the tribes in Jawaharlal State Museum. You can also watch the bird’s eye view of the state from the museum premise. The fort of Ramachandra is another imperative attraction of the city. The zoo of Itanagar is nestled in the sanctuary which is covering a straggling area of 2.5 square km.
Buy something from the Handicraft centre and take it back home to remember the trip of the forest land, Arunachal.
Walk down to Gyanker Sinyi, about 6 km from handicraft centre. A boat ride on the beautiful Lake will be an enticing experience. Chirping of birds on the banks of the Lake creates a soothing atmosphere. Nishi communities, the expert warriors, live in the fascinating natural locus. Their attires are also attractive and quite different. Cap of Horne ball and Otyo or knife always accompany them.
There is a tourism office located in sector-c Naharalgan. The best suitable time to visit the place is during October- March. Enjoy the cool breeze in winters. Carry woolen clothes if you are going to Itanagar in winter.
How to reach: Buses are connecting Itanagar to Guwahati, Rangia and Tejpur. Guwahati and Rangia can be reached from Kolkata by railway. The nearest airport is Lilabari, Assam (67 km from Itanagar). From Lilabari you have to make your own arrangements to Itanagar.
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