Places to Visit
Capital City Itanagar
Seat of the Governor Itanagar (Naharlagun)
The capital of the state, Arunachal is scattered with light, earthquake-proof,
wooden-framed buildings rising up the slopes of green hills. Traditional huts are strewn
amongst the more recent constructions. The residence of the Governor crowns one peak while
a new Buddhist Temple crowns the other. Between them lie administrative officers, shops,
daily bazaars and thatched houses.
What to See In Itanagar (Naharlagun) :
The Buddhist Temple :
A new but beautiful yellow- roofed shrine, it rises from wefi-rnaintained grounds behind a
stupo tree planted by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. The grounds of the temple afford a good
view of Itanagar Town.
Ganga Lake (Gyaker Sinyi) :
The 6 km drive to the lake from Itanagar takes visitors on a rugged road through some
superbly primeval jungles, Bamboo groves, orchids massed on tall trees are some of the
vegetation which can be identified by the interested travelers. Stopping at the base of a
hill, one has to take a flight of steps uphill. At the top of the ridge one looks down on
a serene green forest lake which one has to cross in a row boat. Today, it Is a beautiful
spot for outings, boating and picnics.
The State Museum :
In the gallery at the ground floor, the political and administrative development of the area,
population of the various tribal groups as per 1991 census (provisional), sociocultural
heritage of the people and their lifestyle have been depicted, with the help of maps and
Dioramas. While the fife-styles of all the major tribes have been depicted, the display
maps cover a wide range of subjects such as the people, house types, festivals, dances,
handicrafts, textile designs, musical instruments, weapons of war and chase, important
developments, Malinithan, Itafort, Noksaparbat, Kundil valley civilization and historical
Polo Park :
An interesting little botanical garden atop a ridge
overlooking the town. Visitors should notice the cane thicket, it looks a bit like a palm
with spines on its stems, but grows as a bush. There is a small zoo. Where to Buy: The
main Sales Emporium is located at Itanagar, from where the handicraft items are available.
Handicrafts Center This establishment offers a good range of shawls, carpets, carved
baskets and the beautiful cane and bamboo works in which the North East excels Behind and
on one side of the showroom, is the workshop where cane is heated, cut and woven by tribal
artisans with great skill.
Actual specimens of arts and
crafts particularly wood carving objects, musical instruments, headgears, religious
paraphernalia etc. have been displayed in show cases. Thus the ground floor gallery gives
a panoramic view of Arunachal Pradesh. The gallery on the upper floor has six
sections-textiles, archaeology, ornaments, basketry, weapons and household articles.
Actual specimens from among the different tribes of Arunachal Pradesh are on display under
different sections. The Archaeology Section has been arranged to give some idea about the
heritage of the state, found at excavated sites of Malinithan, Itafort,
Bhismaknagar have been exhibited. Closed on Monday.
A hill station 100 kms
from Lilahari (Assam) and 160 kms North of Itanagar.
Tawang Gompa :
Since mid 17th century
this is the most important monastry in this side of India. This is also the
birth place of the Sixth Dalai Lama.
A town halfway between
Tezpur and Assam.
A town known to be host to
pilgrims to Parsuram Kund, which is a lake. Festivals are held in the month of