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Itanagar – Land Of Lighted Mountains

by akshaylike 7 year ago

This simple city in North Eastern India is a photographer's paradise! Itanagar consists of various Buddhist Temples surround by the lush green landscape.

Itanagar is the capital of Arunachal Pradesh and is nestled on the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. Itanagar is one of the favoured destinations for tourist who wish to view the Himalayas or for trekkers before their taxing climb on thier tours in North East India.

Reaching There

Itanagar is not connected to rest of India due to the difficult terrain and its geographical dimensions. Though it has a poor railway system, Itanagar is connected to Guwahati by a good network on roads and there is a pretty good helicopter service from Itanagar to Guwahati. The best possible way of reaching Itanagar is to travel by air to Guwahati and board a connecting helicopter to Itanagar. The best time to visit Itanagar is between October to April by taking up holidays from Kolkata.

Must See Attractions

Itanagar is a very silent town with not much places that can be categorised as tourist attractions, but Itanagar does offer something for tourists. There are a trekking clubs which organise safe and healthy treks over the mighty Himalayan peaks. Itanagar is a photographer’s paradise with a vast landscape of mountain peaks covered in snow and lush green trees creating a picture right out of the artist’s canvas. The Buddhist temple founded by the revered Dalai Lama attracts Buddhists from all over the world. There are also some hill resorts where you can spend some time with your loved ones in an absolutely enthralling atmosphere. When in Itanagar, tourists should also include a trip to Gangtok, which is another popular hill station in the region. 

Tibetan Architecture

When you enter Itanagar you will be amazed with the simplicity of the city. You may need only a day to tour Itanagar. Breakfast is available in small and cosy dhabas were you get some mouth watering rotis and a sip of hot coffee in the biting cold climate will give you a nice warm feeling. You may visit the Itafort which is an old fort with Tibetan style architecture. Visit the Buddhists monastery or the temple were you can find more about the customs and traditions of the Buddhists. The roof of this temple has a beautiful yellow lining.

Other Attractions

Save the second day for some hardcore adventure. You can stay overnight at any of the resort where you get good hospitality and food. The second day of your trip will be a memorable one if you are an action freak. Trekking in the company of nature with cold breeze rustling through your ears give a kind of joy that one can only imagine. Itanagar makes it a reality. You will see some of the most incredible sceneries while on trek and the your most prized possession will be your camera. One of the scenes which occur very rarely is that of the sun’s ray bathing the mountains outline. This occurs rarely because of the constant cloud cover over the sun for most parts of the day. This is one spectacle which you must never miss if you do get a chance.


Itanagar is famous for apples. Apples are grown in vast farmlands across Arunachal Pradesh and you may like to visit the farmlands where they are grown. A trip to Itanagar for a couple from Delhi costs around 4000 INR. This is mainly because there is a need for connecting helicopters from Guwahati. But the experience you get in this peaceful town is worth it!
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