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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Itanagar is the capital of Arunachal Pradesh and one of the most beautiful cities of North-Eastern India. It is the economic and the political hub of the state and lies between two hills- the Governor House on one and the Buddhist Temple on the other.
Itanagar offers a wide variety of tourist attractions. The tropical evergreen rainforest and the Himalayan jungles offer a scenic view as one approaches the city. The Buddhist Temple consecrated by the Dalai Lama is the major tourist attraction of the city. Gayker Sinyi, a lake surrounded by Arunachal Pradesh’s unique flora is a picnic spot and situated 6kms from Itanagar. Arunachal Pradesh has its unique culture and traditions and a tourist can visit the Jawaharlal Nehru State museum to get a hint of it. About 10 kms from Itanagar is another small city, Naharlagun nestled in between small hills. The Polo Park is a small botanical cum zoological site showcasing the unique flora and fauna of the state. 
Wildlife enthusiasts can visit the Itanagar Sanctuary to view the small population of wild tuskers and tigers that the sanctuary harbors.      
Adventure tourists can delve into the pleasure of river rafting Tourists may also undertake river rafting along Kameng (Seppa-Bhalukpong), Subansiri (Taliha-North of Daporijo), Siang (entire course), and Dibang (Anini-Assam border). Tipi and Ziro are other tourist destinations in and around the capital city. Tipi houses an Orchidarium while Ziro is a picturesque valley famous for its natural beauty. There are numerous fairs and festivals held around the year showcasing the rich heritage of the state.
Itanagar is well connected to almost every other state. The nearest airport is situated at Lilabari, 67 kms from Itanagar while the nearest railhead is at North Lakhimpur. One can travel by road from Guwahati through Tezpur.
Mild summer temperature and snowfall during winter makes it an ideal tourist destination around the year.

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