An irregular cluster of huge brick blocks, Ita Fort is probably the most historical tourist attraction of Arunachal Pradesh. No other similar brick structure in the entire region makes it an astounding construction. A kind named Mayapur from Jitari Dynasty is credited with the fort construction which took place between the 14th and 15th centuries. There are three entrance gates, one each in the western, eastern and southern directions.
It is obvious that the town of Itanagar got its name from the fort, which translates to ‘the fort of bricks’ in the local Ahom language. Many archaeologically important remains discovered from the site are put on display at the Jawaharlal Nehru Museum. The views of the town and sprawling valley below are magnificent from the fort. You can climb an observatory tower for breathtaking sightseeing.
Itanagar is connected to other parts of Northeast India by National Highway 52A. When you reach the town, you can climb to reach the fort from the main road. Perched on a hilltop, the fort can be accessed by climbing for about 20 min.
The closets railway station to the fort is about 33 km. away at Harmoti Gaon in Assam. From here, you can access Itanagar via NH 52A in a taxi that can be availed at the station.
Lilabari Airport of Assam, about 68 km. from the fort, is the nearest air access point. Hire a taxi from the airport for the further road journey. One can also travel from Guwahati (about 330 km. away) to Itanagar by helicopter.