Tripura Tour


Tripura is one of the seven states in the north eastern part of India located between 22 degree and 56 minutes and 24 degree and 32 minutes north latitude and between 90 degree and 09 minutes and 92 degree and 20 minutes east latitude. It is bounded on the north, west, south and south-east by Bangladesh whereas in the east it has a common boundary with Assam and Mizoram. Tripura has been declared as the Second Rubber Capital of India after Kerala by Rubber Board.

Agartala, the state capital, is connected by road with Guwahati via Shillong by National Highway No. 44. It takes about 24 hrs. by road from Guwahati to reach Agartala. There are flight connections with Calcutta and Guwahati. Ujjayanta Palace is a modern building of the royal house of Tripura and is located in the heart of Agartala, sprawling over a half sq.kms.

Tripura has several places of tourist importance like Agartala, Unakoti, Pilak, Udaipur , Tripurasundari Temple , Ujjayanta Palace , Neermahal, Jampui Hill, Bhavaneswari Temple , Sepahijala, Kamalasagar, Deotamura, and Dumboor Lake . Moreover, there are the Buddhist monasteries in Agartala, Pecharthal, Kanchanpur, Manu Bakul, Pilak, and Boxnagar.

Tripura has a rich cultural heritage of music, fine arts, handicrafts and dance. It is a state inhabited by various ethnic groups; Tripura is home to representatives of the four major language families of the Indian Subcontinent: Indo-European, Dravidian, Sino-Tibetan, and Austroasiatic.

Around 70% of the population are Bengalis and Manipuris, while the tribal population includes 19 distinct communities. Of these, the Tripuris are to be found throughout the state. Jamatia, Reang, Noatia, Koloi, Murasing, Chakma, Halam, Garo, Kuki, Lushai, Mogh, Munda, Oraon, Santhal and Uchoi are the other dominant tribal communities of the state.

Dance is vital to the tribal way of life. They dance and sing not only to observe festivals and in joy but in sorrow also. The Goria dance is very popular among the Jamatias, Debbarma, Reangs,and all other clans of Tripuri and are participated by young men and women. The Hojagiri dance is performed by standing on a pitcher and is performed by the Reangs clans. The Biju dance is performed by the Chakmas during the Chaitra Sankranti

AGARTALA

Agartala, the capital of Tripura, was set-up in 1850 by Maharaja Radha Krishna Kishore Manikya Bahadur. Although Tripura is open to tourists, it is best to check with local authorities about the prevailing security situation.

Agartala is located in the western part of Tripura, astride the Haroa River . It is 1680 km from Calcutta and 599 km from Guwahati. National Highway No. 44 connects Agartala to Guwahati via Shillong. It takes about 24 hours by road from Guwahati to reach Agartala. The journey time by road between Dhaka and Agartala is approximately 3 hours.

HOW TO REACH

By Air - Agartala is connected by airlines flights with Calcutta, Guwahati, Delhi.

By Rail - The two nearest railway stations are Kumarghat (160 kms) and Dharama Nagar (200 kms). Both the stations on the North-East Frontier Railway, connected with Lumding & Guwahati, where as Lumding and Guwahati are connected with Calcutta and other major stations in India.

By Road - Good condition roads 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.

WHEN TO GO

Best time to travel Agartala is between October to March.

WHAT TO SEE

Ujjayanta Palace - This royal house, which stands in the Capital city Agartala covering one sq.Km. area was built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya during 1899-1901.It is a two storied mansion, having a mixed type of architecture with three high domes, the central one being 86' high. The magnificent tile floor, curved wooden ceiling and beautifully crafted doors are particularly notable. The palace is set with huge Mughal style gardens, beautified by pools and gardens and tiled floors. Flood lighting and fountains have also added to its beauty.

Neermahal - This magnificent lake palace was constructed as a summer resort in 1930 by late Maharaja Birbikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur in the middle of a natural lake called Rudrasagar having an area of 5.35 Sq.Km. The construction was undertaken by Martin & Burn Co. and it is the only lake palace in the entire eastern India. Flood lighting of the palace has been arranged in the evening. In addition, water sports facilities are being extended. The palace is going to be renovated and a museum depicting the royal life style will be set up inside the palace. In addition Light & Sound show on the historical past and cultural heritage of Tripura will be organized in the palace. In water number of migratory birds are found in the lake surrounding Neermahal.

Kunjaban Palace - A green hillock known as Kunjaban ( a bower) for its scenic beauty stands to the north of Ujjayanta palace at a distance of about 1 Km. Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya (1909-1923) selected this beautiful place for building a suburban palace for retreat and constructed a palace in 1917 which was named as 'Pushbanta Palace'. The Maharaja himself being gifted artist is said to have drawn the plan of the palace and its adjoining garden. The palace basks on the hallowed memory of Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel laureate poet. It was one of his favorite retreat in Tripura, where he composed many of his songs.

Sepahijala - It is situated almost at a distance of 20 kms. south from Agartala town. It is really a green heaven in the earth-away from the work of near shattering noise and speed. Round the palace a natural lake runs where half a dozen of paddle boats awaiting tourists step at the landing. A dense forest all around gives pleasure to the eyes. It has been decorated with a dear park where deer move here and there. A mini zoological garden with pythons and peacocks is a great attraction to the tourists. the wooden bungalow with a beautiful view is a great attraction to the visitors for rest house.

Kamalasagar - It is situated almost at a distance of 30 kms. from Agartala town. Vast lake at the border of Bangladesh was excavated by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in 15th century. On the bank of Kamalasagar, there is a famous temple of Goddess Kali dating back to 16th century. It is one of the excellent picnic spots in the state with scenic beauty.

Venuban Vihar - This shrine, though small in size, preserves some beautiful idols of Lord Budha and Bodhisatva. This idols being Burmes in Origin. Here Budha Jayanti is celebrated on the occasion of Budha Purnima.

Buddhist Pilgrimage and Interest Centres in Tripura - Tripura is a tiny state in the North-East of the country. It has extensive international border with Bangladesh and, in fact, 85% of its perimeter is international border with rest being common boundary with Assam and Mizoram to the east. There is a common belief that the name of the state has originated from the presiding deity 'TRIPURA SUNDARI'. Another theory is that the name of the state was originally 'TUIPRA' - meaning a land adjoining water. Once upon a time Tripura extended upto the Bay of Bengal when its ruler held from Garo Hill to Arakan. History of Tripura as an administrative unit back to the days of Maharajas, when the territory was a native state. It was an independent administrative unit under the Maharajas even during British Rule. The agreement of merger was signed by the Regent Maharani on September 9, 1947 while Government of India took over the administration on October 15, 1949. Tripura attained full statehood on January 21, 1972. Out of the total area of 10,491 sq.km. the state has 6,291 sq.km. under forest cover. The location of the state stands in the way of industrial growth in the state. The state is connected with Asssam through a railway track from Kumarghat, which is at a distance of 140 km from the capital town Agartala, while National Highway-44 connects Agartala with Sillong in Meghalaya and Guwahati in Assam . Agartala is connected by air with Calcutta and Guwahati. The state has three more small Airports at Khowai, Kamalpur and Kailasahar, where small-chartered planes can land after prior information. Tripura has a large number of attractive tourist sites including religious sites of Hindu's and Buddhists. The places of Buddhists interest are described below.

Buddha Temple - Venuban Vihar in Agartala: The shrine though small in size, preserves some beautiful metal idols of Lord Buddha and Bodhisatva. The idols are Burmese in origin. Here Buddha Jayanti is celebrated on the Buddha Purnima day followed by a big fair every year.

Buddhist Temple at Pecharthal, North Tripura - This temple is one of the oldest Buddha temples in the state. It was set up in 1931. The Idol was brought from Rangoon in 1931. This Idol does not look enormous in consideration of its incredible weight of 700 kg.

Buddha temple at Kanchanpur, North Tripura - The temple is situated at sub-divisional headquarter. It is about 80 years old. Buddhists from different parts of the country are coming to visit and stay there.

WHERE TO EAT

There are good restaurants in the city and you can also try the special restaurant at the luxury hotels. Typical Bengali cuisine includes rice, fish and dal (lentils). Bengali sweets are also commonly available.

HOTELS IN AGARTALA - TRIPURA INDIA

Hotel City Centre - Agartala Tripura India

Hotel Welcome Palace - Agartala Tripura India

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