Itanagar-Arunachal-Pradesh

Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh – A city of natural beauty and also is the state Capital

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Itanagar, a city of natural beauty and also is a capital city since 1974. It has everything that one seeks while being on a tour. It is India’s the most alluring locations where a huge number of travelers love to come in time. The location of Itanagar is highly attractive. Located in the foothills, it makes tourists fan of its beauty. One cannot forget the ultimate time spent in Itanagar.

ItanagarTo reach Itanagar, you have to reach Guwahati first either by air or by road. From Guwahati cars are available for Itanagar.  It takes around 6hrs to reach Itanagar.  The journey is a fascinating experience as nature has whole heartedly bestowed all its beauty to this place. The early morning experience is surprising, the clouds enter inside the houses. One moment you can see a table or a chair and the next these are vanished behind a white screen. This is a common phenomenon for anyone living in Itanagar, but for the tourists it’s really astonishing beyond words.

After breakfast, head towards GangaLake (Gyakar Sinyi) which is surrounded by mountains and is a major attraction for those visiting Itanagar.

The first thing that is striking is the silence. The place is so tranquil that you have to speak in hushed voices! Notice the lake’s colour which is green. The water appears to have changed its hue to complement the sylvan surroundings. It is a beautiful picnic spot. Boating facilities are also available on the lake. Leaving the lake behind, head for a Buddhist gompha. Situated on the top of a mountain, the white monastery with yellow roof is picturesque and welcoming.

The next spot is the Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum. The museum houses wood carvings, musical instruments, textiles, handicrafts and archaeological finds, which give a glimpse into life in Arunachal. Ganga market, the most popular area in Itanagar is also a must visit spot. It’s a favourite haunt of the locals and tourists.

Head for Naharlagun – the twin town of the capital of Arunachal Pradesh the next day.

The mountain roads are itself a pleasure to walk though it’s a bit tiresome but the placidity and lack of traffic there is really an unusual experience for any urbanite. So do keep some time just to take a stroll in this winding narrow road. You never know you may discover a stream nearby and enjoy is gurgling sound.

 This trip is ideal for rejuvenating yourself completely.

How to go ?

By Air: Lilabari in Assam is the nearest airport at a distance of 67 km. There are connecting flights to Guwahati from Lilabari. Flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Ahmadabad, etc. operate to Guwahati. Taxis and buses are available from Guwahati to reach Itanagar. Pawan Hans operates helicopter services from Guwahati to Itanagar thrice a week.

Kolkata is the nearest international airport at a distance of 760 km.

By Rail: Harmuti is the nearest railway station at a distance of 33 km. Harmuti is a narrow guage line. A convenient option to reach Itanagar would be North Lakhimpur (60 km). Trains from North Lakhimpur connect to Guwahati which is well connected to Kolkata and most major parts of the country.

By Road: Itanagar is well connected to most neighbouring regions of Arunachal Pradesh. Daily overnight buses from Guwahati ply to Itanagar. AST buses also connect Itanagar to Shillong, Ziro, Guwahati, Balijan, Poma, Lilabari, Jote, Raga, Sagalee, Pasighat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Bombdila, etc.

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Where to stay?

There are two government guest houses in Itanagar.
Contact Details:
Circuit House: 0360-212010
Banquet Hall: 0360-212613.
There are also various private hotels.
For details visit:  http://arunachalipr.gov.in/Accommodation.htm

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kaziranga-national-park

Kaziranga National Park, Assam – Famous for the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros

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When you stand nine feet tall and weigh three tonnes, you make your own road that’s how you feel while sitting upon the stately pachyderm at Kaziranga National Park in Assam. The park is as much grassland as thick forest.

KazirangaFrom where the elephant safari started, all one could see are tall grasses, growing in such dense clumps that there seemed to be no way ahead. Its wonder how one can make any headway. The elephant steps right into the thicket and the tough grasses bent under him/her, almost in obedience. During the journey the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros will also come to your vision for which the park is famous.

The elephant safari begins at 5.30am, before the sun is up, and gives tourists an amazing opportunity to witness sunrise in the jungles. The soft sunlight slowly drives away the curling mist. The elephant safari continues for one hour. too soon While returning, you will find a gurgling little stream, its banks covered with the prettiest pink wild flowers.

KazirangaAnother safari is the jeep safari that will take you to the visiting spot like Bagori, the western range of the forest. The elephant safari morning will take you to its central range, Kohora. The jeep safari is for visiting the unmetalled road inside the park, to those parts not covered on elephant back.

On the way you can spot birds like open-billed stork sitting beside a beel (pond) and also find herd of hog deer, the magnificent wild Asiatic water buffalo with its curling horns as large as a cycle wheel etc.  You can also catch a glimpse of a herd of wild elephants foraging amid tall grasses. The forest has a distinct smell, a little wet, a little mysterious.

KazirangaKaziranga National Park has one of the highest densities of tigers in the country, 86 according to the 2000 census. But it is very difficult to catch the glimpse of the king of the jungle. The eastern range of the forest, which is known for its birds, is also a tourist attraction. You can take the jeep route in central range to catch the rare sight of the tiger. It is a narrow winding path, flanked on both sides by thickets of elephant grass. It may be that you don’t get to see a tiger in the jungle, or you may be watching the sunset or the animals, but the tiger is always watching you.

How to go ?

Take a train or flight to Guwahati and hire a car to cover the 220 kilometres to Kaziranga. The national park can also be reached by road from Jorhat, which is around 100km away. Kaziranga can be visited from October to April-end.

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Where to stay ?

There are some government run tourist lodges.
For details visit
www.assamtourismonline.com/properties.html or
www.assamtourism.org

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Nameri

Nameri National Park, Assam – Nature fills up human senses at Nameri

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Nature fills up human senses at Nameri. The national park at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including tiger, elephant, leopard, bison, sambar, hog deer, wild boar, Himalayan black bear, capped langur and giant squirrel. However, spotting wildlife in the dense jungle is difficult. A plethora of reptiles and insects bears testimony to the bio-diversity of the region.

Nameri National ParkThe semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forest spread over about 1,000 sq km is punctuated by narrow strips of open grassland along the Jia Bharali river, which provide ample opportunity for picnics. Rafting is possible in the river at certain times of the year. Jungle treks conducted by the wildlife department present the best opportunity of exploring this fascinating land. The monotonous buzz of insects is occasionally broken by the call of a bird. The cracking sound of the twigs can be heard on the forest floor while walking. Nature can be seen, smelt, heard and felt here.

Nameri, which shares its northern boundary with Pakhui Tiger Reserve of Arunachal Pradesh, has become popular with bird-watchers. More than 300 species of birds have been spotted here, including four species of hornbill and an abundance of hill mynas, barbets, babblers, bulbuls, plovers, Black Necked Storks, king vultures and fishing eagles. The endangered white winged wood duck has also been seen.

Multi-coloured butterflies, dragonflies and lantern flies are common. An Atlas Moth with a wingspan of 10 inches was recently spotted in Nameri National Park.

Nameri National ParkAbout 30 km away is Bhalukpong, on the border between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Permits to enter Arunachal Pradesh are issued in this town. The hills of Arunachal start rearing their heads from Bhalukpong. The Jia Bharali river can be seen in a different avatar here.

From a base in Bhalukpong, WWF India recently conducted a survey of plants above the ground. The study by North Bank Landscape team of WWF India revealed that the area is one of the richest in the world in Plant Functional Type and second only to Sumatra in Plant Functional Complexity. The report concluded that the area is “one of the richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life in the world”.

Nameri National ParkThe Eco Camp in neighboring Potasali village provides with the experience of living amid nature. Guests have to put up in jungle tents and Chung cottages on the sprawling green compound. We may find a frog staring while taking a bath in the outhouse or a giant moth glaring from the corner of the tent while entering inside, but these only remind us that we are in the heart of the jungle.

The camp provides facilities for rafting, angling, bird watching and jungle trekking.

How to go ?

 We can take a train or flight to Guwahati and then hire a car to Nameri. It is 264 km by road.

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Where to stay ?

The Eco-camp at Potasali, which has 10 twin-bedded jungle tents and cottages with attached toilets. The camp canteen provides basic food.
Contact:  Camp Director, Eco-camp,
Potasali (Nameri Tiger Reserve),
Sonitpur district, Assam.
Ph: 09854019932.
Booking : www.nivalink.com/hotel/nameriecocamp

The tourism department has tourist lodges in Tezpur and Bhalukpong (21 km from the park).
Website:  www.assamtourism.org

The best time to visit is November to March.

To visit the national park, contact:
Divisional Forest Officer,
Western Assam Wildlife Division,
Dolabari, Tezpur or Range Officer,
Nameri National Park, Potasali.

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