sixteen districts. The capital of the state is Itanagar in Papum Pare district. Itanagar is named
after Ita fort, meaning fort of bricks, built in the 14th century AD. Arunachal Pradesh finds
mention in the literature of Kalika Purana and Mahabharata. This place is the Prabhu Mountains
of the Puranas.
The widely scattered archaeological remains at different places in Arunachal Pradesh bear
testimony to its rich cultural heritage.
Agriculture and Horticulture
Agriculture is the mainstay of the people of the state and mainly depends on jhum
cultivation. Encouragement is being given to the cultivation of cash crops like potatoes and
horticulture crops like apples, oranges and pineapples.
Industries and Minerals
For conservation and exploration of the vast minerals the Arunachal Pradesh Mineral
Development and Trading Corporation Limited (APMDTCL) was set up in 1991.
Some of the important festivals of the state are Mopin and Solung of the Adis, Lossar of the
Monpas, Boori-boot of the Hill Miris, Sherdukpens, Dree of the Apatanis, Si-Donyi of the
Tagins, Reh of the ldu-Mishmis, Nyokum of the Nyishis, etc. Animal sacrifice is a common ritual
in most festivals.
Places of tourist interest are Tawang, Dirang, Bomdila, Tipi, Itanagar, Malinithan, Likabali,
Pasighat, Along, Tezu, Miao, Roing, Daporijo Namdapha, Bhismaknagar, Parshuram Kund and
Relevant Website: www.arunachalpradesh.gov.in
Governor : Brig. Dr. B.D. Chief Secretary : Satya Gopal
Chief Minister : Pema Khandu Jurisdiction of High : Falls under
Court Guwahati High
Area : 78,438 sq. km Population : 3.12 crore (census
Capital : Dispur Principal Language : Asamiya, Bodo