Itanagar Information

Itanagar, capital of the state of Arunachal Pradesh also as known as the 'Land of the Dawnlit Mountains', is spread well over an area of 2,500acres.  It is placed in a beautiful and serene surroundings with a bracing climate making them its hallmark qualities.  Itanagar, today is divided into two parts, each 10km apart from each other, with the older one named Naharlagun.

Location

Itanagar is located at 27.1°N Latitude and 93.62°E Longitude.  It has an average elevation of 440m.  Itanagar is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, and it comes administratively under the Papum Pare district.

Climate

Te climate of Itanagar is very pleasant.  Although there is a lot of humidity and considerable heat during summer, a mild breeze blows during the day that keeps the entire area cool.  During winter, it witnesses snowfall between December and January.

History

Some historians even identify the city with the ancient 11th century capital or Mayapur, under the Jitari dynasty.  Itanagar, today is divided into two parts, each 10km apart from ecach other, with the older one named Naharlagum.  The township is situated at 350m above the mean sea level.  It comes administratively under Papum Pare district.  The Nishis or Nishings is themajor tribe in the Itanagar area.

Itanagar Tourism Information

Ita Fort

This historial fort is of an irregular shape, built mainly with bricks, andis situated at the heart of the capital complex in Papum Pare district.  There are three gates on three sides viz, Eastern, Western and Southern, which is said to be built by Ahom rulers.  It is estimated that more than 81 lakhs of bricks, 45 cubic metres of stone and 46,300 men were required to build the fort.

Ganga Lake (Gyaker Sinyi)

Ganga, a natural lake locally known as Gyaker Sinyi (confined water), 6km away from Itanagar situated on the foothills of the Himalayas, is a beautiful spot for outings, boating and picnics.  This green forest lake surrounded by primeval vegetation, orchid's masses on tall trees, tree ferns provides an insight to the magnificent forests of the state.

The Buddhist Temple

This is a new beautiful yellow - roofed shrine. It rises from well-maintained grounds behind a stupo tree planted by His Holiness, The Dalai Lama.

Festivals

Losar Festival Monpa Festival

Losar is one of the important festivals of Monpas.  The festivals is celebrated to commemorate the advent of New Year.  Before the commencement of Losar, they make arrangement for a feast with local drinks where all the relatives and friends are entertained and with each other a Happy New Year (Tashi Delek).  On the 15th day of the same month, hey bid goodbye to the Losar Festival with merry making.