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. The bricks used in the fort with total brickwork of 16,200 cubic meter length dates back to the 14th-15th Century. According to some scholars, these bricks are similar with those made during the reign of Ramachandra of Mayapur who was a king of the Jitari Dynasty.

Places to visits:

Gekar Sinyi (Ganga Lake) - A beautiful natural lake surrounded by landmass of hard rock. The name Gekar Sinyi means 'confined water'. It is ideal for boating for leisure activities as well as walking around the lake that has been vacillated with footpath.

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.

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.

Buddhist Monastery - Buddhist Monastery of Mahanaya Buddhism is well located at a higher place in Itanagar overlooking picturesque valley town. It has a stupa in front of the Temple. It was consecrated by 14th Dalai Lama .

Itafort : ‘The fort of bricks’ from which the State capital derived its name, is situated in the heart of the capital complex. The fort has an irregular shape, built mainly with bricks dating back to the 14th-15th Century.