Tripura, literally meaning the 'Land of Gems', has been variously described as the 'Jewel of India', 'A Little Paradise', 'A Flower of lofty heights' and as the 'Kashmir of Eastern India'. The ridges and valleys of the mountain chain of north-east India are well pronounced in Tripura, providing tourists with rich natural scenery and salubrious climate. A rich cultural harmony has resulted in the classical dance and martial arts of Tripura, all of which are part of the festivals of Tripura and are reflected in the state's crafts.
The capital is surrounded by hills on three sides. The present site of Agartala was chosen by Maharaja Krishna Kishore Manikya Bahadur who shifted the capital from old Agartala.
Places of Interest
Temple of Lord Jagannatha: This orange coloured temple rises from an octagonal base. Every pillar of the octagon is crowned by a square pyramidal cone. Built in the 19dt century it is dedicated to the Lord of Universe.
Kamla Sagar: Kali Temple: (27 km) The temple of Goddess Kali is atop a hillock. A big lake was excavated by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in the late 15th century in front of the temple enhancing its beauty .It is situated just besides the Bangladesh Border .
Originally it was a Kaccha house just beside the Kunjaban Palace which was later constructed into a bunglow called "pucca". This is the name given to the place where Tagore stayed in his visit to Tripura in 1919.
Brahmakunda: (48 km) It is famous for its colourful fair held every year in April and November. The tea gardens on the way are a major tourist attractions.
Neermahal : (53 km) The Palace built in 1930 by Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya as summer resort is a combination of assimilation between Hindu and Muslim architecture and is a spectacular edifice in the centre of the Rudrasagar Lake. Well-laid gardens and flood lighting add colour to its beauty.
Tripura Sundari Temple: 57 km from Agartala , situated on a hill-top at Udaipur it was built by the former Maharaja, Dhanya Manikya in 1501 AD. The temple is one of the '51 Pithas' recorded in the Hindu Puranas. It consists of a square type sanctum of the typical Bengali hut type. The lake in front of the temple adds to its beauty .During Diwali people from different communities assemble here.
Debtamura: (70 km) Famous for its panels of rock carvings on the steep mountain walls on the back of the Gomati river. It dates back to 15 and 16dt centuries.
Chabimura Pilak: (100 km) Its main attraction is its archaeological remains of the 8dt and 9dt centuries. Number of terracotta plaques, sealing with stupa and stone images of Avolokitesvara including the image of Narasimhan have been found there which date backs to Buddhist period.
Dumboor Lake: (110 km) Deep green 48 islands in the midst of the lake dot the panorama of transparent waters. Migratory birds, water sport facilities including boating facilities and variety of wildlife is an additional attraction.
Ujjayanta Palace: At the heart of the town stands the royal palace which was built by the philanthropist Maharaja Bikram Singh in 1901. A fine example of Indo - Saracenic architecture, this white sprawling palace with its colite structure is surrounded by lush Mughal Gardens. The carved Chinese Room, tiled floors and doors are strikingly magnificent.
Unakoti: (180 km) Along a serpentine carpeted road is Unakoti Tirtha-a holy place for thousands of pilgrims. The Unakoti means one less than a crore i.e. 99,99,999. Magnificent rock figures and stone images of 12th century are found here. There is also an image of Lord Shiva, holding a conch in the left hand, a P9sition seldom found elsewhere. It is the largest Bas relief sculpture in India.
Jampui Hills: (250 km) Situated at an altitude of 3000 feet above sea level, it is famous for scenic beauty and is an orange and orchid growing area. The hill range has 11 villages inhabited by Mizo (Lushai tribes) and also by Reang Tribe . Lushai tribes follow Christianity and speak English .
Bhubaneshwari Temple: (110 km) The temple has been immortalized by Rabindranath Tagore's famous play Visarjan and Rajarshi. Built by Maharaja Govinda Manikya, the temple is situated on the right bank of the river Gumti at Udaipur.
Sepahijela Wildlife Sanctuary: About 30 km away from Agartala the sanctuary covers an area of 18.53 sq. km and has a rich collection of wildlife, particularly birds and primates. Zoo, botanical garden, lake elephant joy ride and the scenic beauty including rubber and coffee plantation attracts the visitors.
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.
Buddha temple at Manu Bakul, South Tripura: The Idol of this temple was brought from Arakan long back . The biggest week long fair is held every year in the month of April. The Pilgrims from Mynamer ( formerly Burma ), Bangladesh, Japan, Thailand and other places congregate during the fair.
Pilak: The Hindu and Buddhist Sculpture can be seen at its best here . It dates back to 8th and 9th centuries. Beautiful images scattered in an area of about 10 Sq. Km. have been found. The images, terra-cotta plaques and sealing found here reflect survival of heterodox creeds and sects representing both Hinduism and Buddhism. Stone images of Avolokiteshwar and Narasimha have been found here.