Arunachal Pradesh - A Magical Destination!

Arunachal Pradesh, a magical, mystical and an enigmatic destination that is located in the north eastern part of India. It is one of the most fascinating tourist destinations. The beauty of Arunachal Pradesh lies in its scenic mountain ranges, lush valleys and swift rivers. The historical significance of various structures situated here is another major tourist attraction. The wildlife here is rich and diverse including tigers, elephants, jungle cats, leopards and some red pandas and white gibbons. This week we will take you through different towns of Arunachal Pradesh staring with:

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1) Itanagar: It is the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, which is dotted with archeological sites of great historical value. There are also institutions of great socio-cultural significance. The city is named after the irregular shaped Itafort (the fort of bricks), which is a centre of attraction located within the heart of Itanagar. Built mainly with bricks dating back to the 14th-15th Century, which have been identified by some scholars with Mayapur of Ramachandra, a king of the Jitari Dynasty. The other major tourist attractions are:
a) Gekar Sinyi (Ganga Lake) – This is a beautiful natural lake surrounded by landmass of hard rock, making this place a beautiful picnic spot as well. The name Gekar Sinyi means ‘confined water’.
b) Jawaharlal Nehru Museum- The museum has a rich collection of textiles, weaponry, household articles and handicrafts that reflect the tribal culture and heritage of Arunachal Pradesh.
c) Craft Centre & Emporium- Located at Itanagar, here one can see and buy local artifacts like wall painting, traditional costumes made of natural vegetable and herbal dye yarns, and attractive utility items made of cane and bamboo.
d) Zoological Park (Zoo) - Located at Chimpu, the park has a variety of fauna including avi-fauna species.
e) Indira Gandhi Park- It is a popular park located at Itanagar.
f) Polo Park- A small botanical garden located on top of a ridge