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Itanagar

Itanagar

 

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 NishingsItanagar 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.

 

lthough Itanagar is the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, there are very few places of interest within the city itself. However, the many trekking routes around the city constantly draw tourists, especially foreigners in search of an adrenalin rush. Rafting on the Siang River is an unforgettable experience. In the early days, the Siang River was referred to as the link between the Tsangpo of Tibet and the Brahmaputra of Assam. The capital city does have a few archaeological sites of which the Ita fort (from which the city draws its name) is the most visited.

 

ITA Fort
'The fort of bricks' from which the State capital derives its name, is situated in the heart of the city. The fort has an irregular shape and is built mainly with bricks. The fort dates back to the 14th-15th century and has been associated by some scholars with Mayapur of Ramachandra, a king of the Jitari Dynasty.

 

Ganga Lake
A 6 km detour from the city, takes one to this beautiful natural lake surrounded by dense forests. This is popular as a picnic spot and boating facilities are available at the site.

 

Jawaharlal Nehru Museum
The museum has a diverse collection of textiles, household articles and weapons used by various tribes, tribal handicrafts and a unique collection of headgear used by ethnic groups throughout Arunachal.

 

Craft Centre & Emporium
Itanagar is where one can buy local artifacts such as wall paintings, traditional costumes dyed with natural colours, and cane and bamboo handicrafts. The Zoological Park at Chimpu and the Polo Botanical Park located on top of a ridge at Naharlagun (the twin capital city) are also worth a visit.

 

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The history of handicrafts is as ancient as human civilisation itself. In ancient times, not only was it an expression of creativity, but also the principal canvas for recording and archiving the history and culture of a particular period. The artistic tradition in India was originally influenced by religious beliefs. But domestic needs of common folk and the whims of royal patrons also played a decisive role. It was due to the latter, that handicrafts evolved into a highly decorative form.

In Arunachal, both religion and necessity play an important role in influencing its artistic traditions. While ritual masks and 'tangkhas' (paintings used for teaching and meditation) are essential to Buddhist worship, Bamboo and cane craft is essentially an ingenious use of local resources to manufacture domestic products. Carpet making and wooden carvings are a speciality of the Monpas, a Buddhist ethnic group. Religious motifs and tribal legends form the principal theme of their exotic carpets.

Crafting ornaments is another art widely practised by the Arunachalis. Besides multicoloured beads and feathers of birds, the iridescent wings of beetles are also used as embellishments. Bamboo bangles, earrings and nose plugs are also very popular. All these items are available at the local handicraft shops in the city.