Visiting Itanagar, is like visiting India, as Itanagar is also known as 'mini-India'. It is the capital of the North-Eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. It forms the foothill of the great Himalayan range and stands 350 mtrs above the mean sea-level at 27.10 N and 93.620 E. It is the main commercial hub of the state. Itanagar comes under Papumpare district. Though mainly inhabited by the Nishi tribe, Adi and Apatani tribes too constitute a large part of the population. Due to its pleasant weather, it can be visited year round.
The National Highway 52A connects Itanagar with Guwahati. Vehicles are available from North Lakhimpur, Tezpur and Guwahati of Assam.
As Arunachal has no railway station of its own, the nearest railway point is in Harmuti in Assam, 32 kms from Itanagar. But only a few trains connect to this station. The major railhead as for the entire North East is Guwahati which connects to the rest of India.
The nearest airport is at Lilabari, Assam which is 71kms from Itanagar. Regular Pawan Hans Helicopter services are available from Guwahati to Naharlagun in the vicinity of the capital.
Ita Fort - It is a historical 'fort of bricks' of irregular shape ('Ita' means Brick and 'Nagar' means City). The city has been named ‘Itanagar’ after this fort. This fort has three entrances, in the East, West and South with brickwork of 162000 m3 in size.
Jawaharlal Nehru Museum - It is a museum that displays the tribal culture of the natives of the state and has wood carvings, musical instruments, textiles, handicrafts and archaeological remains.
Gekar Sinyi - Also known as the ‘Ganga Lake’ (confined water). It is a natural lake surrounded by hard rocks.
Polo Park - It is a small botanical garden, on the top of Naharlagun.
Craft Center and Emporium - a good place to shop some of the native artefacts like traditional costumes, attractive utility items made of bamboo and cane and local handicraft.
Zoological Park - This zoo especially attractive to the kids with its collection of various fauna.