Places to visit in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal one of the most sparsely populated states of India, borders China, Bhutan Myanmar. There are five major rivers-Kameng, Subansiri, Siang (later the Brahamputra in Assam), Lohit and Tirap and the mountain ranges follow the river systems. Home to a complex mix of communities, its people are friendly, colourful and simple. Its rich flora ranges from the alpine to the subtropical, from rhododendrons to orchids. Its verdant forests, turbulent streams, lofty mountains and snow clad peaks make it a unique place offering the tourist numerous opportunities for rafting ,hiking and mountaineering.
Arunachal Pradesh finds mention in the literature such as Kalika Purana and in the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana.It is believed that saga Vyasa mediated here and also that the remains of the brick structure, scattered around two villages in the hills north of Roing was the palace of Rukmini, the consort of Lord Krishna. The sixth Dalai Lama was also born on the soil of Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh is top in the list of tourist places to visit in India.
Tourist Places to visit in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
Itanagar ,the capital of Arunachal Pradesh is a beautiful historic city, also known as ‘the Land of the Dawnlit Mountains’. It is located to the east of Tawang and has been identified with Mayapur ,a city of the 14th or 15th century AD. The new township has modern buildings, markets and traditional homesteads. Important attraction include old brick fort (Ita Fort), Buddhist monastery, Jawaharlal Nehru Museum, Ganga Lake (Geykar Sinyi) and zoo.
On the banks of the Bharali river at an elevation of 190 metre is Tipi, an orchidarium with over 7500 orchids. On display are some of the finest species with names like the Dainty Lady’s Slipper or the more formal sounding Dendrobium. Arunachal has the largest range of orchids in India and at Tipi, scientists are creating new hybrid species using the latest techniques of biotechnology. Another 40 kms is the orchid Park at Sessa.
The journey onwards is most adventurous and perhaps the most difficult as Bomdila,the headquarters of the west Kameng District is at a height of 2,530 mtrs, offering wonderfully panoramic views of Himalayan landscapes and snow clad ranges. The scenery is spectacular but there is a tight ling sense of fear too. It is a long way down!
Apple orchids are Top in the list of tourist places to visit in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.
There are apple orchids and Buddhist monasteries for travellers are entering an area that has had strong Tibatan and Buddhist influence over the centuries. The area has many Buddhist monasteries called ‘Gompas’ and there is also a craft centre producing very fine carpets of colourful designs. Around the area are good trails for trekking enthusiasm.
A 10 km drive from Bomdila takes you to Tawang, a Buddhist pilgrimage site, where the Dalai lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetans, goes to preach and pray. The most striking building in the Buddhist is the tall central monastery, the Towang Gompa.
The 400 year old monastery dominates the valley with a grand view of the Himalayas. The Tibetan influence here is mistakable, with the elaborately painted wooden windows and other motifs. Prayer flags flutter in the breeze inside, the monks-there are some 500 lamas-light lamps, rush about their chores and drone in joint prayer. An 8 mtr. high gilded statue of the Buddha is here, as are numerous ancient Thankas or traditional paintings and manuscripts. Top in the list of tourist places to visit in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.
Losar (Feb-March) the main festival is fixed in consultation with the Buddhist calendar.
FESTIVAL FIESTA AND SHOPPING
The festivities and celebration in the North-Eastern states of India are a colourful reflection of the people and their lives. Throughout the year, festivals are celebrated by different people in different ways, most of them centering around their modes of living and livelihood.
The people have a tradition of artistic craftsmanship. A variety of mementos like paintings, wood carvings, caroets, shawls etc. are available.
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