Jawaharlal Nehru MuseumYet another beautiful gift from the northeastern India, Itanagar, the capital city of the Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh (land of the dawn-lit mountains). Located on the on the lower slopes of the Himalayan mountain ranges, Itanagar is one of the oldest cities in the region and legend has it that the nature-friendly land was the abode of several Hindu traditional characters who include Lord Parashuram, Princess Rukmani and King Bhismaka.
History of Itanagar
Another reference that adds to the ancientness of Itanagar is that the name 'Itanagar' has numerous mention in the Hindu epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata and several other ancient Sanskrit literary compositions. Besides, Itanagar was the habitat of various aboriginal tribes. Much said, rather than going through the long history book of region, the city offers a shortcut that Itanagar is the home of the renowned Jawaharlal Nehru Museum, which is a must visit tourist attraction that it takes you through the history, tradition, indigenous arts and crafts of the region. Let's get to know more about the popular Jawaharlal Nehru Museum in Itanagar.
Tourism in Itanagar
Unmissable Jawaharlal Nehru Museum in Itanagar
The Jawaharlal Nehru Museum also called as Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, located in the Arunachal Pradesh's capital city of Itanagar is one among the most popular tourist attraction of the region. Launched during the 1980s, the Jawaharlal Nehru Museum in Itanagar is the official state museum of the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Exhibits and Activities at Jawaharlal Nehru Museum in Itanagar
A singular feature about the Jawaharlal Nehru Museum in Itanagar is that it exhibits (demonstrates in a way) the facets of life of indigenous ethnic communities of Arunachal Pradesh. Apart from the showcases devoted to archeology, the illustrious museum exhibits, music instruments, appareling, headgear, weapon systems, handiwork, jewelry and several other exhibits of which explicate the culture and lifestyle of the tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh.
Some of the other collection of the Jawaharlal Nehru Museum in Itanagar includes ethnographic collection (objects related to the branch of anthropology that provides a scientific description of individual human societies). The ground level of the Itanagar Jawaharlal Nehru Museum displays spiritual articles, cane objects, traditional art, wood sculptures, and musical instruments and so on. The first level of the Itanagar Jawaharlal Nehru Museum showcases many archeological findings from the far-famed Ita Fort located in Itanagar town which is one among the most significant historical symbols of Arunachal Pradesh.
Also Read: Sunrise from Ita Fort
Apart from the large collections, the Itanagar Jawaharlal Nehru Museum operates a small workplace where cane products are made, at its exclusive handicrafts centre on the premises. The handicraft center offers an opportunity to the visitors to witness the delicate process of manufacturing of cane products. Furthermore, the Itanagar Jawaharlal Nehru Museum also houses a shop under its administration, which offers authentic tribal handicrafts. If you are looking for buying a souvenir, head straight to the Jawaharlal Nehru Museum shop.
During the year 2011, the famous Indian mountain climber and the first mountaineer from the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh to scale Mount Everest, gifted all his mountain climbing equipments to this museum.
Quick Facts:Location of the Museum:
State Museum Road,
Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh 791111
Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, Itanagar Museum
Type of Museum:
Ethnographic and Archeological
Government of Arunachal Pradesh
9:30 Am to 5:30 PM (Sunday to Thursday)
Indian National: Rs. 10 per head
Foreign Nation: Rs. 75
Camera Fee: Rs. 20
Video Camera Fee: Rs. 100
Nearby Places to See:
Ita Fort - 1.7 km
Bamadi Wildlife Sanctuary - 4 km
Ganga Lake - 4.3 km
Nearby Places to Shop:
(Must Read: Shopping in Itanagar)
Legi Shopping Complex - 2.5 km
Ganga Market - 200 m
BB Plaza - 2 km