Tripura is land locked hilly state situated in the North East part of India is another fascinating place of India which is blessed by Mother Nature with all her spell binding beauty, be it the evergreen hills or the uninterrupted majestic rivers, beautiful islands or lovely flora, wonderful lakes or dense forests and virtually everything.
Exploring the Area:
Tripura, the second smallest state in the country, is almost completely surrounded by Bangladesh. In spite of having 19 tribes, the majority of the population of Tripura is Bengali. Situated in one of the remotest corners of the country, Trpura is one of the ideal places for tourism that caters to the taste of everyone from palaces to lakes and hill stations.
Neermahal, a summer resort at south Tripura, built by late Maharaja Birbikram Kishore Manikya way back in 1930, attracts a good number of tourists every year. The Ujjayanta Palace, a dominating structure in Agartala, was built by Krishna Kishore Manikya Bahadur in 1901.
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. This two storeyed mansion has a mixed architechture with three high domes (the centre one being 86′ high). The magnificient tiled floor, curved wooden ceiling and beautifully crafted doors are particularly notable.
Mata Tripushewari Temple,located at Udaipur about 58 kms away from Agartala and 3 kms from Udaipur, is considered one among the 51 pithasthans of India according to Hindu Mythology. It is also known as Kurma Pith because of the shape of the temple resembling the tortoise.The luxuriant forests of ‘Jampui Hill’, the premier one among the 6 principal hill ranges of Tripura provides a life time’s exhilarating experience for the tourists.’Jampui Hill’ – the permanent seat of spring, is situated at an altitude of about 3000 above sea level and about 250 km away from Agartala. This hill range consists of cluster of tribal villages and is home for colourful Lushai and Reang tribal communities. The neat and clean traditional wooden houses of the local inhabitants combined with greenery all around provide excellent opportunities for eco-friendly tourism. During the month of November every year, the unique Orange Festival is celebrated in the Jampui Hills.
How to Get Around:
By Air: The state capital, Agartala is well connected by air with Guwahati and Kolkata, which is at a distance of 12kms from the capital. There are total four airports in Agartala.
By Rail: The nearest rail hub og Tripura is Kumarghat, which is about 1475 kms from Kolkata via Guwahati and 140 kms from Agartala.
By Road: Agartala is connected by road with Guwahati via Shillong by National Highway No.44. It takes around 24 hrs by road from Guwahati to Agartala. Good luxury coaches and private cabs are available.
For local travelling, you can hire cabs, bus, traveller, city bus, rickshaw etc according to your requirement.
Where To Stay:
There is wide range of good hotels, resorts & home stays with good taste and quality of food in Nagaland. One can find a variety of hotels and resorts according to the need and requirements with best of the amenities. Also, there are fully vegetarian hotels also available here. Also, there are arrangements for stay in Boat House and river side camping for the adventurous and nature loving tourists.
Fairs & Festivals:
Tripura has several diverse ethno-linguistic groups, which has given rise to a composite culture. The dominant cultures are Bengali, Manipuri, Tripuris, Jamatia, Reang, Noatia, Koloi, Murasing, Chakma, Halam, Garo, Kuki, Mizo, Mogh, Munda, Oraon, Santhal, and Uchoi. Bengali people represent the largest non-tribal community of the state. Bengali culture, as a result, is the main non-tribal culture in the state.
Customs & Cultures:
Music and dances are integral part of the tribal people of Tripura. Some of their indigenous musical instruments are the sarinda, chongpreng, and sumui (a kind of flute). Songs are sung during religious occasions, weddings, and other festivals. Each tribal community has their own repertoire of songs and dances.
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