From the jagged mountains, the boundless plateau to the prolific alluvial valley, Tripura presents the world a unique blend of nature and culture. In fact, not only did the state baffles the world with its rich diversity but encourages eco-friendly lifestyles and tourism too. Take the wheels, follow the track, the road that leads you to this enthralling state of North East India for a great nature escapade. True enough, the enthralling call of the wild and the untamed lush green forests with a union of culture and traditions will harness the spirit of a true wanderer.
Where is Tripura?
The hilly state of Tripura solitarily settles in the northeastern part of India. It is one of the seven sisters in the northeast region with its capital in Agartala. Bordered by Mizoram, Assam and majorly by Bangladesh on its three sides, this third smallest state’s only lifeline is the National Highway 8. Tripura is home to various tribes such as the Tripuri, Uchui, Reang, Chakma, Halam, Jamatia, Khashia, Mog, Lushai, Noatia, Orang and many others. Once a princely state, Tripura is greatly admired by Rabindranath Tagore. In a few of his literary works called the ‘Rajarshi’ and ‘Visarjan’, he praised the beauty of Tripura, its hills, and its landscape.
Reasons To Visit Tripura
Tripura is a destination where travel enthusiasts, adventurers and naturalists love to explore every ounce of the land. The amalgamation of tribes, culture, religion, philosophy, gastronomy and nature is what an explorer looks thoroughly upon, and Tripura is no different from any other places of such kind. The place has such historical intensity in the existence of its imposing structures such as the Ujjayanta Palace, the Neermahal and other iconic temples.
With many destinations on lists, here are a few distinct places for visitors to fall in love with Tripura.
The capital invites a multitude of visitors over the years. The heart of the state Agartala showcases various architectural points of pride such as the Gedu Mia’s Mosque, Neermahal Palace that sits prettily in the middle of Lake Rudrasagar. The iconic palace is a fusion of both Hindu and Islamic architectural pride. The Tripura Government Museum is also one of the top attractions in the city.
Ambassa is a brimming city popular for its ancient temples and shrines. While a delicate soul takes delight in taking a tour here, its great ambience, landscape, and spiritual escapade are splendid. Apart from spiritual attractions, tourists love exploring the local market and handicraft stalls nearby the place.
If you are looking for a splendid location with lofty hills and rolling valleys, Jampui Hills is an ideal spot. You can find the location in the Northern Part of the state and will know why it is wildly popular. With a rich number of wildlife species, it is a great spot for wildlife lovers. it is also ideal for hangouts and other recreational activities.
Unakoti is one place any tourist will not miss visiting. The rock-cut ruins and arts are archaeologists’ paradise to explore and study the intriguing structures. If you rather be in Tripura, this place is a great place to consider. The ancient ruins and the uniquely dotted landscape will captivate any onlookers.
People in and around Tripura fancy going for picnics and a day out at Amarpura. The Amar Sagar Lake, an artificial water body built around the 16th century, Dumboor Lake and Chobimura lake give away a lot of attention for their visitors. These lakes offer several water sports and the vicinity hosts fairs and events throughout the year.
Rangamati, now Udaipur is an ancient town in Tripura revered for its religious significance. Also epithet as a city of lakes, the religious town is famous for its Sundari Temple. Lakes and temples comprise this place and are no doubt an amazing place to gaze at the landscape at the same time soak in the gradients of spiritual sanctity.
Bestowed with the raw and impeccable landscape, Dharmanagar is an ancient town covered with ruins and historical monuments. It is the second-largest city in Tripura and offers a great place for visitors to bring back the past to life.
Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary
Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary is an amazing destination for wildlife enthusiasts. It is home to various species of flora and fauna. It is also a resident of an extensive variety of bird species. Bird watchers can enjoy not only the birds and wildlife alone but the magical vistas of the sanctuary.
How to Reach Tripura
Tripura is well connected with some of the major cities in North East India. Guwahati via Shillong to Tripura is linked by NH 44 and takes 24 hours to reach Agartala, the capital. The distance from Guwahati is 587 km and Shillong is 487 km from Agartala. Private and public transportations ply regularly on this road which makes visitors to Tripura convenient. Tourist caps, good luxury coaches, buses, jeeps and other taxis are available from Shillong and Guwahati.
The nearest railhead is in Agartala. The Agartala station is well connected with major junctions like NJP, Guwahati, Anand Vihar, Sealdah.
Agartala Airport (IXA) is the nearest airport located 12 km from the heart of the city. This domestic airport is the second busiest airport in the Northeast after Guwahati. There are direct flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and connecting flights from Mumbai, Bangalore and other cities.
Where To Stay
Once a princely state, the state of Tripura is a fine host for its visitors of all kinds. Travellers not only enjoy exploring nature but the culture, the people and the several tribes of the states too. The people of Tripura fancy themselves engaging in a lot of festivities, dance and music round the year. In fact, it has several events and festivals throughout the season of the year. These mostly attract people from far and wide. Besides, hotels and stays are conveniently located that it easier for tourists to move around the nearby attractions.
Needless to say, stays are ranging from numerous luxury stays to budget stays as per the needs of individuals. Hotels such as the Parkline, Bamboo Enterprise, Hotel Polo Towers and Polo Lake Resort offer luxury stays for guests. Meanwhile, there is Government accommodation such as Comilla View Tourist Lodge, Geetanjali Tourism Guest House, Eden Tourist Lodge and many others.