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INTRODUCTION

The Papum Pare District the capital district of Arunachal Pradesh is situated in the North–Eastern part of India. It is located in between latitude 26 55’N and 28 40’ and longitude between 92 40’ and 94 21’. The district headquarter is located at Yupia, which is situated about 20 kms from Itanagar.

            It is a land of lush green forests, deep river valleys and beautiful plateau. The land is mostly mountainous with Himalayan ranges. Trees of great size, plentiful of climbers, hundreds of variety of orchids, cane and bamboos are found in the district.

                The district occupies an area of approximately 2875 sq km inhabited by a population of 121750. There are 274 villages and 2 towns in the district. Itanagar, the capital of the state is situated in this district.

 The district is divided into two administrative subdivisions – Sagalee Sub-Division and Itanagar Capital Complex Sub-division. There are nine administrative circles- Sagalee, Mengio, Toru, Laiporiang, Kimin, Balijan, Doimukh, Itanagar and Naharlagun.

Kurung Kumey District bound Papum Pare district in the north, Lower Subansiri District in the East, East Kameng District in the west and Assam in the south.

It is the abode of the energetic Nishis who are known in history for their velour. The Mikir, migrants from Assam, also form a part of the local population. The Nishis belong to the Indo-Mongoloid group of people and their language belongs to the Tibeto-Burman family.

The ‘NYOKUM’ the festival of the Nishi is celebrated during the first week of the month of February.

  Itafort- A 13th century ruins of a brick fort, Ganga Lake (Gekar Sinyi), Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, Zoological Park (Chimpu) and Buddhist Gompa and Theravada Buddhist Temple Arunachal University, Rono Hills are place of interest at Itanagar.

Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, is about 300 kms from Guwahati and connected by Pawan Hans helicopter service and luxury bus services.       

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