Right at the top of north-eastern India, crowning
its six clustered sisters like a protective helmet,
is Arunachal Pradesh, the `Land of the Dawn-lit-
Mountains.' This is the first Indian soil to greet
the morning sun. Dawn first illuminates Arunachal's
border with China: a long border which stretches
all the way from its east, over to its northern
boundaries and down to its north- western edge where
it merges with Tibet. To its west is Bhutan and
on its southern end it touches Assam, Nagaland and
Burma before sweeping up to China.
How to get there
The nearest airport is Lilabari (North Lakhimpur)
in Assam, 57 kms from Naharlagun and 67 kms from
Itanagar, served by Vayudoot. Indian Airlines
operates direct flight from Calcutta to Tezpur
( 216 kms from Itanagar ) on Wednesday, Friday
Rail: The nearest railway station is Harmuty (near
Banderdewa check gate) only 23 km from Naharlagun
& 33 km from Itanagar. However nearest convenient
railhead is North Lakhimpur in Assam, 50 km from
Naharlagun & 60 km from Itanagar. Stations
are served by No.9 and No.10 Arunachal Fast Passenger
Trains and other local services.
(DISTANCE BETWEEN ITANAGAR AND NAHARLAGUN IS ONLY
Itanagar is connected by road to: GUWAHATI- 381
km (Gohpur 79 -Ballipara 110 -Mission Charali
17 -Orang 53 -Baihata Charali 90 -Guwahati 32),
SHILLONG- 481 km ( Guwahati 381 -Shillong 100
), AGARTALA- 980 km (Shillong 481 -Badarpur 211
-Agartala 288), AIZAWL- 901 km (Badarpur 692 - Silchar
29 -Aizawl 180), KOHIMA- 350 km (North Lakhimpur
73 -Jorhat 69 -Dimapur 134 -Kohima 74), IMPHAL -
495 km (Kohima 350 -Imphal 145).
(ITANAGAR IS 1,539 KMS FROM CALCUTTA)
Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Corpn. operates
regular bus-services to various Places in Arunachal
Pradesh and its neighbouring states.
A very few number un-metred tourist taxi/auto
are available. Tourist deluxe buses for group
tourist can be hired from the Director, Department
of Tourism, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Naharlagun,
Tel.: 4371, 4115. A few other transport agencies
in town rent out tourist cars and coaches. Cycle
rickshaws are the most common local transport
WHAT TO SEE AT NAHARLAGUN
Polo Park: An
interesting little botanical garden atop a ridge
overlooking the town. Visitors should notice the
cane thicket: it looks a bit like a palm, with
spines on its stems, but growing as a bush. There
is also a small zoo. Handicrafts Centre run by
the Industries Department offers a good range
of shawls, carpets, carved caskets & the beautiful
cane & bamboo work in which the north-east
excels. Behind & to one side of the showroom,
is the workshop where cane is trimmed, cut and
woven by tribal artisans with great skill.
Pachin River: This rivulet providing a fine fishing
spot passes by Naharlagun.
Zoo: 18 kms from
Naharlagun and near Banderdewa police check post.
Providing glimpses of uncommon Himalayan fauna.
The Buddhist Temple:
A new, but beautiful, yellow-roofed shrine, it
rises in well-maintained grounds behind a stupa
bearing the portrait of a monk. At one side is
a tree planted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The grounds of the temple afford a good view of
Ganga Sekhi Lake:
6 km drive to the lake from Itanagar takes visitors
on a rugged road through some superbly primeval
jungles : bamboo, orchids massed on tall trees,
tree-ferns are some of the vegetation which can
be identified by the interested traveler. Stopping
at the base of a hill, one has to cross a bamboo
bridge floored with a bamboo mat spanning a culvert.
This leads to a flight of steps cut into the red
clay of the hill. At the top of the ridge one
looks down at a serene, green forest lake which
one can cross in a row boat. A beautiful picnic