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The capital of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar is located on the foothills of the Himalayas. The city is located in the Papum Pare district. The Nyishis or Nishings is the major tribe living in the city; however, people from different cultures and communities reside here harmoniously. Nyokum is a major festival celebrated in the city by the Nyishi people but it is also celebrated by people from other castes, tribes and communities. Itanagar is one of the few capital cities among the seven states of northeastern region which has come on the Indian Railway map and a direct railway network links it to the national capital, Delhi.
The archaeological sites and historical places highlight the socio-cultural significance of Itanagar hence making it a perfect tourist destination in the north east. Some of the places of tourist attraction in the city are:
Ita Fort: It is one of the most prominent historical sites in the state. The name means "Fort of Bricks". The city derives it name from this fort. Situated in the heart of the city, the fort is irregular in shape and is built with bricks that date back to 14th -15th century.
Geykar Sinyik: Located at a distance of six kilometres from Itanagar, it is a beautiful picnic spot. A natural lake, Geykar is surrounded with landmass of hard rocks, tall trees and tree ferns. Boating facilities and swimming pools are also available here.
Gompa Buddhist Temple: The Buddhist temple consecrated by Dalai Lama is a beautiful yellow roofed shrine located in Itanagar. The temple has an extensive Tibetan influence and it offers a great view of the city and the surrounding countryside.
Jawaharlal Nehru Museum: The museum showcases the tribal culture of the state and has a rich collection of textiles, handicrafts, household articles and weaponry associated with the culture and heritage of Arunachal Pradesh.
Craft Centre and Emporium: The craft centre and emporium is the best place to shop for traditional stuff such as wall paintings, dye yarns, utility items from cane and bamboo.
Some other places to see in the city are Bomdila, Malinithan, Parshuram Kund and many others. The accommodation facilities are available in the city in different ranges such as budget hotels, guest houses and home stays. People can take up any accommodation as per their budget. There are also many restaurants that offer traditional, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines.
There are regular helicopter services from Guwahati to Naharlagun in Itanagar. The nearest domestic airport is either in Lilabari, Rowriah or Dimapur in Assam. The nearest railway stations are Harmuti and Gohpur in Assam. However, there is a train every week that plies between Naharlagun and Delhi. Itanagar is connected through NH-52A to Assam and other cities of India. The city has a good road network and is connected to Guwahati. Regular buses ply between the two cities. Arunachal State Transport Corporation also runs regular buses from Itanagar to other north eastern states.