The tiny princely state Tripura, resting on the lap of the hills is
rich with the heritage of 'Manikya' dynasty and extreme natural
beauty. Surrounded by Bangladesh in the North, West and South, Tripura
shares its domestic borders with Assam and Mizoram in the East.
Just like a hidden piece of land, Tripura is full with mystery of nature, history and tribal life. As the legend goes, the Manikya dynasty which started in the pre-historical period, continued till 1949, when the agreement of Merger of Tripura with the Indian Union was signed by the Maharani Kanchanprava Devi on 15th October.
The treasure of 19 tribal culture and heritage has enriched the tradition and culture of Tripura with every passage of time. A unique combination of age-old culture and tradition is visible from the exquisite handloom and handicraft products of the state. Tourists coming from different parts shop these ethnic items till they drop.
Agartala - The Capital City
The picturesque city of Agartala is the capital of Tripura and holds the heritage of royal dynasty till date. The prime attraction of Agartala city is none other than the Ujjayanta Palace which is constructed such a way that it is visible straight from the main road of the Agartala from any distance. Carved wooden ceilings, beautifully crafted doors and its well maintained gardens need special attention from your side. The southern side of the palace is open for visitors and is known as Rabindra Kanan, which is said to be where great poet Rabindra Nath Tagore stayed during his visit to Tripura.
Regal Beauty of Neermahal (Water Palace)
Built as a summer resort by the late Maharaj Birbikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur, Neermahal (water palace) is a unique artistry of human as it stands on the still waters of the Rudrasagar Lake. Flaunting a blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture, this spectacular palace becomes more alluring with the well laid gardens and flood lighting. The best time to visit the palace is winters, when the lake ambience is filled with the energetic chirping of migratory birds.
Divinity of Tripura
Age old temples scattered in the various parts of the state need special care to divulge. Udaipur, situated at a distance of 55 km from Agartala, houses almost all the famous temples of Tripura which include Tripura Sundari Temple and Bhubaneshwari Temple. The Fourteen Goddess temple or Chaturdasha Temple, the temple of 14 gods and goddesses is situated in Old Agartala. The Kharchi Festival celebrated during the month of July every year makes this ancient place alive and cheerful.
Nature was generous while creating Tripura, may be that is why Jampui Hill was created. Jampui Hill-the permanent seat of Spring is situated at an altitude of 1000 m and flaunt the immense artistry of the nature. Unique Orange Festival, celebrated during the month of November every year is celebrated with much enthusiasm and galore. The picturesque beauty of the Dumboor Lake mesmerizes people with its serene water and the silhouette of dense greenery on the still water.
Wildlife Tresures of Tripura
Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary spreads over an area of 18.53 sq km and boasts of a rich population of wildlife animals. A jungle safari inside the tropical moist deciduous forest of the sanctuary will take to rest is the lap of the nature while watching Presbytes, Rhesus macaque, Capped langur and many other wild animals. Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary is another destination of the adventure loving tourists who make it a point to spend some time with the Indian Gaur, Deer, Hooklock, Gibbon and others.
Pre - Hisoric Unakoti
The excellent rock-cuts and stone carvings on the open vertical walls at Unakoti and Pilak exhibits the immense artistry of 8th or 9th century which are still fascinating the tourists. The central Shiva carving known as the Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava is about 30 feet high and is the main attraction of this age-old place.
A number of tribal populations has made Tripura rich in variety and uniqueness. The customs of the tribes include worshiping the natural elements such a the god of water, god of fire, god of forest, etc. The way they strike a bamboo in the ground during religious festivals may seem queer to you but their faith dates back to several centuries. The unique dance and music performance during different occasions are depict the rich and colourful culture of the tribes like Tripuri, Lhusai and Laisheri to name a few. Excellent cane and bamboo furnitures, jewelleries, utensils and artifacts made by the local people are all that allure tourists to shop till they drop.
Agartala, the capital of Tripura is connected by Indian Airlines flights with Kolkata, Silchar, Guwahati and Delhi.
The two railway stations in Tripura are Kumarghat (160 km from Agartala) and Dharama Nagar (200 km Agartala). Both the stations on the North-East Frontier Railway, connectedby 203/204 Tripura Passanger with Lumding & Guwahati, where as Lumding and Guwahati are connected with Calcutta and other major stations in India.
Good motorable raods connect Agartala with Silchar- 288 kms, Guwahati- 599 kms, Shillong- 499 kms, Dharmanagar- 200 kms. Tripura Road Transport Corporation buses connect Silchar, Shillong and Dharma Nagar to Agartala by daily bus services.