Stunning landscapes, lush green valleys, giant hillocks and rich cultural heritage are the things that you would get in abundance in Tripura. One of the states of the Seven Sisters of Northeast India, this state was not on the tourist map for various reasons. But of late, tourism has been given due importance and Tripura too is welcoming tourists and travellers with open arms.
The state is blessed with so much natural beauty – you can see that in its water bodies, forests and wildlife. Moreover, the state is rich in culture and heritage which is reflected in its heritage sites and numerous monuments. The best time to visit the state is the winter months from October to March.
Here are 5 reasons that will definitely attract you to visit this beautiful and enigmatic state.
The majestic palaces of Tripura
Tripura is rich in history and culture and that can be seen in many of its historical palaces. The palaces of Tripura show the British and Roman architectural concepts. The Ujjayanta Palace, Neer Mahal and the Raj Bhavan are the best examples of the palaces.
The gleaming white Ujjayanta Palace is located in the capital city of Agartala. Majestic in its built, the palace evokes the age of Tripuri Maharajas. The Palace was built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya in 1901 A.D in Indo-Saracenic style and has a Mughal style garden and a lake-front.
Neer Mahal is one of the most beautiful palaces in India built in the centre of a lake. The palace was built in 1930 by Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya as a summer resort and is located at a distance of about 53 km from Agartala. All these palaces show the grandeur and past glory of Tripura royalty.
The many temples of Tripura
Several temples and religious places are present in Tripura making the place worth visit. The most famous temple is the Tripura Sundari Temple located in Udaipur in South Tripura district. This temple is one of the 51 “Shaktipeeths” of Hindu mythology. The Kamalasagar Temple, Fourteen Goddess temple, Bhubaneswari Temple, Benuban Vihar are other temples that are worth visiting.
There is a Buddhist monastery located at Manubankul village on the northeastern part of Sabroom sub-division of South Tripura. The monastery has the Buddhist religious architecture and is a wonderful place to visit.
The abode of one crore Gods
The Unakoti Hills are located around 200 km from Agartala and have rock carvings of Lord Shiva and his entourage, majestically carved on a hill face. A stream flowing through the hill and the lush greenery around will take your breath away. The Vaishnavite and the Shaivite traditions are integrated into the carvings at Unakoti, where you also find sculptures of Lord Vishnu and his footmarks. Unakoti means one less than a crore and it is said that these many rock-cut carvings are available here. Every year a big fair, popularly known as ‘Ashokastami Mela’ is held in the month of April that is visited by thousands of pilgrims.
The state is rich in flora and fauna and about two-thirds of the state is under forest cover. There are a number of wildlife sanctuaries in Tripura that are abode to many birds, animals and insects. The Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary, Gumti Wildlife Sanctuary, Rowa Wildlife Sanctuary and Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary are a few of the must-visit wildlife places here. Presbytis, or spectacled langur, an endemic species are found abundantly in the wilderness of Tripura. Other wildlife includes the great Indian Elephants, Bison, Sambar, Barking deer, Wild goat and others. Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary becomes the perfect host to migratory birds such as lesser whistling teal, white ibis and open billed stork in winters.
Tea Gardens of Tripura
The climatic conditions of the state are suitable for tea plantations. Tea plantations here had started during 1916 and currently, Tripura has 60 Tea Estates and 3,000 small tea growers, producing about 7.5 million kg of tea every year. The Durgabari Tea Estate, Ludhua Tea Estate, Devipur Tea Gardens and Manu Valley Tea Gardens are the places that you should head for if you want to experience the tea tourism of Tripura.
Agartala is the capital city. The Agartala Airport (IXA) is the domestic airport connected by air with Kolkata, Guwahati, New Delhi and Chennai.
Agartala is also well connected by railways with important junctions like Guwahati, New Jalpaiguri, Sealdah and Anand Vihar at New Delhi. There are passenger trains that connect the different towns. More information can be found at IRCTC website.
Best Time to Visit Tripura:
The winter months from October to February is the best time to visit the state.
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