Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh was the settlement of Nishi tribes prior to 1971. The town derives its name from Ita Fort, a fort that dates back to 14th century. The remains of this fort still exist in the outskirts of the town.
Nishi tribes, one among the 26 tribal communities of the state are living here with their own age old traditions and rituals. Few decades back Itanagar was covered with traditional Nishi long houses but today there are newly constructed buildings scattered all over the town. There are a few sites to visit in and around the town, most important being Nehru Museum and Gyakar Sinyi Lake.
The Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum is located in Siddharth Vihar near the Secretariat. It offers a comprehensive look at the arts and crafts of all the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. The various objects on display include cane and bamboo artifacts, textiles, jewellery and totem objects. There is also a library inside the museum.
Gyakar Sinyi Lake
Just 6 km drive north from Itanagar leads to the loveliest lake of Arunachal Pradesh surrounded by primeval vegetation. Many of the tall trees are adorned with orchids.
How to reach
Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, is about 300 kms from Guwahati and is connected by “Pawan Hans” helicopter service as well as luxury bus services.
Nearest Bus Stand : Tezpur (Asssam), Banderdewa, Guwahati (394Kms) (Asssam), North Lakhimpur (Asssam)
Nearest Rail Station : Harmuti (32 Kms) (Asssam)
Nearest Airport : Tezpur (Asssam), Lilabari (Asssam) (71 Kms)