How would you like to be nestled in the lap of Mother Nature? How would you feel to have your eyes feast on the immense beauty of the snow-clad hills and the scenic lakes? What would be your feeling when you breathe in the air in an atmosphere where evidences of rich cultural past display the undying spirit of the ancient times? What is the chance that you would take on the silent yet daunting challenge posed by the hills to trek and conquer them? If you would love to know how you would be inclined, visit Itanagar, the beauty of the land that defies description.
Itanagar is the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. The scenic city has a lot to offer to its visitors. The choice of activities you could indulge in and number of places to visit here would overwhelm you not to mention the limitless beauty of these places. Here are the top 10 places to visit in Itanagar, which if you miss, would not be a justification to your tour.
1. Ganga Lake
Ganga Lake is one of the perfect destinations to enjoy the magnificent works of nature. The lake, which is also called as Gyakar Sinyi, is located in a scenic environment surrounded by lush greenery and majestic mountains. Situated 6 kms from Itanagar, the clear water body amidst primeval vegetation, forest trees and orchids spellbinds you. Boating facilities are available here. The mesmerizing atmosphere that resembles a dense forest offers stunning views to be captured in your camera and your memory.
2. Ita Fort
Ita Fort means ‘Fort of Bricks’ in Ahom language. Though only few brick blocks are there for you to see, the ruins of the fort, which was constructed around 14th century, stands proof of the supremacy of the ancient people in the field of architecture. The historical importance of Ita Fort and the superior architecture of the bygone era are beyond question. Ita Fort covers an area of 45 cubic metres and around 8 million bricks were used in the construction. Given the fact that the fort was built in an area that is far from being a comfortable place for construction adds value to the fort and highlights the workmanship. It is believed that the fort was constructed by Jitari Dynasty’s King Mayapur of Ramachandra. With three entrances to the fort on the south, east and west directions, the fort is perched on top of a hill and the valley view from here stuns you into silence. Do not let the ruins discourage you; the fact that a fort was constructed in such a place and the beauty the location has to offer give the place a top slot in the list of attractions.
3. Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary
Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 140.30 sq. km. The valleys and the hills with streams offer great views to nature lovers. The sanctuary is rich in a wide range of trees. The sanctuary is home to wild species including antelopes, langur, porcupines, Himalayan black bear and many more. Bird watchers would love their visit here as the species of birds seen here run into over 400 varieties.
4. Namdapha National Park
Lying in the shadows of Himalayan ranges, Namdapha National Park is a treat to your eyes and challenge to your strength. The park, which is declared as Tiger Reserve, is located in Changlang district and it is India’s largest national park. Lying in altitudes ranging from 200 meters to 4500 meters, Namdapha National Park offers a different experience to you. If you love adventure, you are sure to enjoy the challenge. Some of the wild species found here include tiger, Himalayan black bear, deer, leopard and many more.
5. Polo Park
If you love flowers, Polo Park is the right destination for you. This botanical garden with wonderful collections of flowers is situated on a hill in Naharlagun region. One of the highlights of Polo Park is thickets of cane. The mini zoo in the park houses various animals including guinea pigs and rabbits. The handicraft center in the park has a good collection of carpets, shawls and products made of cane and bamboo.
6. Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum
Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum reflects the history and the culture of the region. The museum houses unique woodcarvings, handicrafts and musical instruments. It has a separate section for archaeology, where antique collections unearthed are exhibited. The Handicraft section here lets you view the processing of cane manufacturing. The library in the museum has a wide range of books.
Situated on top of a small hill, Gompa offers splendid views of Itanagar. This is also called the Centre of Buddhist Studies. The gate at the base that leads you to Gompa is colorful. The white stupa situated outside the main Gompa with golden carvings is awe-inspiring. Dalai Lama consecrated the Buddhist temple, which displays Tibetan influence in its architecture.
8. Craft Centre And Emporium
Craft Centre and Emporium highlights the rich culture of the land. It has a great collection of local artifacts such as wall paintings, cane and bamboo products, conventional costumes of the land using natural vegetables and herbal dye yarns. If you are looking for souvenir to mark your visit to this part of the world, Craft Centre and Emporium could offer you the best.
Rupa is a small hill station located on Tenga River. The attraction of the hill station lies in the spectacular views it has to offer if you venture up to the flat area on hilltop. The lush greenery and breathtaking landscape that has so far experienced little exploration by mankind mesmerize you. While you are here, you would not want to miss visiting tribal Shertukpen village.
10. Indira Gandhi Park
Itanagar in itself is a land that has immense natural treasures to offer. Unlike other places where you may have to seek elsewhere to enjoy solitude and oneness with nature, Itanagar is full of picturesque landscapes and breathtaking views. Indira Gandhi Park adds beauty to the existing magnetic atmosphere. The park has beautiful trees and plants to let you enjoy in peace the gifts of nature. The lush greenery around delights you and the slides for children keep them amused. Indira Gandhi Park keeps the whole family happily engaged.
Itanagar is a great destination for nature lovers; yet, there are many tourist places in Itanagar. Still unexplored lands are many in Itanagar and even if you spend a great amount of time here on your vacation, you will be adding to the list of tourists who leave the place only to return. Check out other popular places in Arunachal to learn more about this magical land.
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