Tranquil Tripura is tucked away in the extreme southwest corner of the northeastern states, amidst the river valleys of Myanmar and Bangladesh. The state is the third smallest state of the country, but the history of Tripura finds mention in the ancient texts of Puranas and in the Asokan edicts. The princely state of Tripura never came directly under the British rule and acceded to the Indian Union on 1949.
Tripura is one of the least known regions of the country and very less is known about its attractions and beauty. With five mountain ranges and beautiful valleys, the state has a unique combination of nature, heritage and wilderness.
Tripura is also associated with the great music director Sachin Dev Burman, who was born into Tripura’s royalty.
Why visit Tripura?
Tripura is a tranquil state with verdant landscapes and rich heritage. The state has some of the very beautiful lakes and royal palaces. The Neermahal in Udaipur, the exotic lake palace amidst the Rudrasagar Lake is one of the most beautiful palaces in India. The Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala is also a beauty to behold.
The land of beautiful lakes, Tripura also has some beautiful water bodies like the Kamalasagar Lake, the Dumboor Lake with 48 small and big islands, and the Khowra Lake. The Unakoti Temple, Pilak are prominent archaeological sites. Tripura is also dotted with numerous temples with Tripurasundari Temple being the most famous one.
The state also has around 60 tea estates out of which Durgabari Tea Estate, Manu Valley Tea Garden and Devipur Tea Garden are quite famous.
Call of the Wild:
More than half of the landscape here remains covered under moist deciduous forests and rich biodiversity. More than 90mspecies of mammals are found in the state including elephant, bear, binturong. porcupine, barking deer, leopard, clouded leopard and other species of small cats and primates. Tripura also has the highest diversity of primates in India with seven out of the fifteen primate species found in the state. Sepahijala WLS, Trishna WLS, Gomti WLS and Rowa WLS are some of the important WLS in the state. Thousands of migratory birds are found in the Gomti Lake during the winter season.
Heritage & Culture:
Tripura has a colourful diversity of people. There are as many 19 tribes in Tripura living in the hilly region, but the majority of the population are Bengali Hindus whose culture has influenced the land since the time of the Tripuri kings who were great patrons of Bengali culture, especially literature and Bengali language was used officially in the kingdom’s court.
The handloom and handicraft of the state corroborate the creativity of the people. Music and danceforms an integral part of the culture of the people.
The sites across the state bear testimony to the rich cultural heritage of the state. From the rich stone carvings of Unakoti to the palace on water, Neermahal, the history and folklore, faith and beliefs of the state had been beautifully intertwined. The virgin land, totally unspoilt and unexplored is definitely one of the most delightful destinations of the northeastern states.
Festivals of Tripura:
Garia Puja is a festival of the tribes usually held on the seventh day of the month of Baisakh (April). In this festival, a bamboo pole symbolizes the Lord Garia, the deity of livestock and wealth, is worshipped with flowers and garland. The devotees sacrifice roosters as a part of the rituals during the Puja. The Puja is followed by a traditional dance in front of Lord Garia.
Kharchi Puja is one of the most popular festivals of the state and is celebrated in the month of July. The festival is associated with indigenous tribal deities and is celebrated at Agartala in the temple premises of fourteen gods. The celebrations extend for seven days. Kharchi Puja worships the fourteen deities and the earth goddess and puja is performed by “Chantai” or the chief priest to wash out sins and to clean the post-menstrual phase of mother earth’s menstruation. Animal sacrifice is an important part of this festival.
Orange & Tourism Festival:
Orange and Tourism Festival is held at the Jampui Hills in Tripura where oranges are cultivated. It is a festival to celebrate the bounty of nature and the gift Mother Earth has given her children. The festival is celebrated in the month of November with great zeal and fervour. The festival is also a means to attract tourism to the state.
Climate of Tripura:
Tripura has a tropical climate with generally hot and humid weather for almost all the months. The winter months last from November to March when the weather remains pleasant.
Monsoons: June to August
Best Time to visit: October to March