Thursday, February 3, 2011



   Itanagar has been the capital of Arunachal Pradesh since 20th April 1974. Itanagar is situated at the foothills. The township is situated at 350 metres above mean sea level. It comes administratively under Papumpare district. The Nishis or Nishings is   the major tribe in Itanagar area. However, Itanagar can be called as mini India, as people from all over the country, live here in harmony. As a capital town, Itanagar is well connected with the rest of the country by road and air communications. Pawan Hans provides helicopter service between Guwahati and Naharlagun(Itanagar). Deluxe buses are available from Guwahati.

                            Itanagar is the capital of India's largest North Eastern state. Here one can find historical fort called Itafort, dating back to the 14-15 centuries, after which it is named.  The capital houses the Rajbhawan , the official residence of the Governor has also many worth visiting places in and around Itanagar.   
                            These include legendary Ganga Lake (Gyakar Sinyi). It is a beautiful picnic spot, 6 kms away from Itanagar, a green forest lake surrounded by primeval vegetation, orchids masses on tall trees, tree ferns provides a small taste of the magnificent forests of the state.
                             Consecrated by the Dalai Lama, the Buddhist temple, a beautiful yellow roofed shrine reflects the extensive Tibetan influence and provides good views of Itanagar and the surrounding countryside.              

Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum provides a kaleidoscope of Arunachal Pradesh and one can see wood carvings, musical instruments, textiles, handicrafts and archeological finds, while a workshop in the Handicrafts Centre specializes in traditional cane manufacture. It has a library section also.


                                      Other important places of interest around Itanagar is Donyi-Polo Vidya Bhawan a Premier Publics School, North-Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology(Nirjuli) - a engineering insitute providing innovative way of education, Arunachal University (Doimukh) and Government Piggery and Poultry Farm (Nirjuli), Indira Gandhi Park.
 Itanagar has been identified with Mayapur, the capital of the 11th century AD JItri dynasty.


When to visit                            Round the year
How to reach                            By bus from Banderdewa,               

                                                  Tezpur(Asssam) and Guwahati(Asssam)

Where to stay                           Circuit House, Field Hostel, Hotel Donyi Polo Ashok, Hotel Itafort,  

                                                   Hotel Bomdila, Hotel Arunachal, Hotel Subansiri, Hotel Simang,  
                                                   Hotel Chandni,  l Blue Pine  Hotel  etc.

Nearest Airport                         Tezpur(Asssam), Lilabari (Asssam)(71 Kms).

Nearest Bus stand                     Tezpur(Asssam), Banderdewa, Guwahati(394Kms) (Asssam) , 

                                                    North  Lakhimpur(Asssam).

Nearest  Railway Stn                 Harmuti.(32 Kms)(Asssam).

What to see                                Itafort, Buddhist Monastery, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial   

                                                    Museum,Ganga Lake, Indira Gandhi Park.


Located  in the Changlang district, Namdapha  is famous for its wild life sanctury, which has been  declared as a national park. It is a few kilometers away from Miao.The Namdapha Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh derives its name from River Namdapha originating from Daphabum, the highest peak in the sanctuary. Originally a Reserved Forest, Namdapha Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh has a dense cover of vegetation dotted with high hills, several rivers and seasonal streams in almost the entire protected area.

Namdapha Tiger Reserve is one of the Project Tiger Reserves in India. The prime purpose of forming the Namdapha Tiger Reserve was protection and conservation of tigers. In the year 1983, the sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve as well as a National Park.

For the truly dedicated wilderness and wildlife fan, a visit to the Namdapha National Park is challenging, covering a wide range of altitudes from 200 mtrs. to 4,500 mtrs. The park largely inaccessible, has diverse habitats and flora and fauna that are typical of this area. The majestic gaur or mithun, elephant, Himalayan black bear, takin, the wild goat peculiar to the Patkoi range, musk deer, slow loris, binturong and the red panda are all found here. The predators include the tiger, leopard, the rare snow leopard and clouded leopard in the higher reaches of the hills. The white winged wood duck a rare and endagered species, has been shelter in the park.

                                                           Tigers at Namdapha 

A number if primate species are seen in the park, such as Assamese macaque, pig-tailed macaque and the distinctive hoolock gibbon, Hornbills, jungle fowl and pheasnats flap their noisy way through the jungle, which harbours other colourful bird species. The inacessibility of the greater part of the park has helped to keep the forests in their pristine state.

Avi Fauna In Namdapha National Park

Among the bird species, most notable are the White winged Wood Ducks, a rare and endangered species, the great Indian Hornbills, Jungle Fowls and Pheasants flop their noisy way through the jungle, and which harbours other colourful bird and animal species. The inaccessibility of greater part of the park has helped to keep the forests in their pristine and virgin state in its natural form.


Malinithan is a temple site in ruins. It is situated at the foot of the Siang hills under the Likabali Sub-Division of West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh.  It is only 1 Km east of Likabali, the nearest administrative centre. Relics of stone images of Malinithan came to be noted from the early twenties of the present century.  In course of series of excavation from 1968 and ending 1971, ruins of temples and valuable scriptures were unearthed at this site. The fame of Malinithan as a holy place of worship draws a large number of visitors and piligrims.


The site excavated   has beautifully designed and decorated basement of a temple, divine images, icons of deities, animal motifs and floral designs, carved columns and panels. These rich granite sculptures belong to 14 -15 century , the more important being Indra on Airavat, Surya on Chariot and huge Nandi bull. The temple dedicated to Goddess Durga at Malinithan is built on the classical tradition of Orissa. 

 According to the local legend associated with the place, Lord Krishna carried away Rukmini the daughter of King Bhismaka on the eve of her marriage with Shishupal. Krishna and Rukmini were welcomed here by Parvati with garlands. Parvati thus acquired the name Malini and the place Malinithan.            

         When to visit                          Throughout the year
         Where to stay At Likabali    Circuit House
         Nearest Airport                      Helipad at Along, Mohanbari(Assam)
         Nearest Bus stand                 Silapathar, Assam
        Nearest  Railway Stn              Silapathar, Assam
        What to see                             Ancient ruins of 14-15th century