Tripura the hidden gem of lndia lies tucked away in the north East corner, bordered by Bangladesh on all three sides, except the East where it shares its borders with Assam and Mizoram. A land of beautiful green mountains and dense forests, criss-crossed by numerous rivers and lakes, Tripura has deep roots in its indigenous culture and is marked by its spirit of harmony.
The third smallest state in India and one of the ‘Seven Sisters’ of the North East, Tripura is geographically a little remote. It however offers many surprises for the traveller who is willing to traverse its less trodden roads. From wildlife sanctuaries, mesmerizing architectural wonders of palaces, temples and other shrines, to pulsating lakes and more, Tripura offers a lot to the avid traveller.
Tourism in Tripura is on the rise as travellers today want to get far away from the madding crowd and seek remote destinations that are still unexplored.
Tripura is a picturesque state with a diverse and rich culture that add to its allure. It offers Eco tourism, as well as Heritage tours, Religious tours and Archaeological tourist hotspots.
Colourful cultural and religious fairs and festivals are on through the year due to the diverse ethno-linguistic and religious groups that dwell here. These festivities have a distinct charm and energy all their own, making them an attractive draw for tourists.
Tripura generally enjoys a pleasant and mild climate through. the year. However the period from October to March is the best time to visit the state.
The evergreen forests on the undulating hills, fresh water lakes and sandy river banks of Tripura reverberate to the traditional tribal music and dances of the state, enticing many a traveller. However, besides the natural beauty and distinct culture of the state, it is home to beautiful archaeological sites.
At its capital Agartala, lies the dominating and distinguished Ujjayanta Palace set among landscaped Mughal gardens, the white marble-domed Gedu Mia’s Mosque and the Neermahal summer palace perched in the middle of Lake Rudrasagar that beautifully blends Hindu and Islamic architecture. Other attractions are Kunjaban Palace, the Malancha Niwas and Tripura Heritage Park.
The rock carved and stone carvings in Unakoti are a sight to behold and are said to number about a crore. Sprawled across a natural forest area offset by waterfalls, the places is thronged by thousands of pilgrims during the Ashokastami Mela held here in the month of April.
The city of Udaipur is most famous for its Mata Tripureswari temple as well as numerous artificial lakes as Dhani Sagar, Bijoy Sagar,etc. Other attractions are the temples of Tripura Sundari Temple and Bhuvaneswari Temple.
Tripura also boasts the beautiful hill station of Jampui, and numerous wildlife sanctuaries at Sepahijala, Gumti, Rowa and Trishna, as well as eco parks created by the forest department at Manu, Baramura and Ambassa.
By Air : Tripura’s capital city Agartala is a domestic airport and the second busiest airport of the north-east, after Guwahati airport. The city is connected with direct flights from the cities of Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi, Imphal and Silchar. It also has connecting flights from 8 other cities namely Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Ranchi, Bhubaneshwar and Hyderabad. There are plans to upgrade Agartala airport to an international one.
By Rail : The extent of rail line within the state is 158 kms. Passenger Reservation System (PRS) is available at cities of Agartala, Udaipur and Dharmanagar only. Limited trains ply to this state.
By Road : Tripura is connected by the national highway No. 44 with the city of Guwahati via Shillong. There is a network of luxury coaches, both private and public as well as tourist cabs, jeeps, and car rentals that are available for road travel. Agartala lies at a distance of 587 kms from Guwahati and 1645 kms from Kolkata.