TRIPURAINFO

Tourism of Tripura


Tourism has emerged as one of the most important segment of the economics the most significant aspect of which is generation of employment opportunities. Tourism thus has to be seen primarily as an economic activity and not as welfare measures which is now being viewed as a vehicle of socio-economic development of a country.
The economic significance of tourism in the global market has led to its capacities to earn foreign exchange. Tourism has significant linkages with other sectors of the economy leading to multiplier effect in output, income and employment. It is now viewed as a way of living rather than a luxury and reserved for the affluent and the elite. With the improvement of standard of living of people, tourism is gaining more importance. Endowed with rich variety of tourist attractions, Tripura offers vast potential for growth to tourism. With an area of 10491.69 sq. k.m. Tripura is one of the smallest states in the country. But the legendary state with its natural beauty of lustrous green valleys, the hill ranges with its flora and fauna, the fascinating blend of cultural, glorious history and traditional unique craftsmanship is in a highly advantageous position for development of tourism.
For convenience of tourist the state has been divided into two tourist circuits. One is west-south Tripura circuit covering the tourist destinations of West, Sepahijala, Gomati and South Tripura Districts and the other is west-north Tripura circuits covering the tourist destinations of North Tripura, Unakoti and Dhalai Districts. The entire state is having huge potentiality in tourism specially eco-tourism, religious, heritage and cultural tourism, rural tourism, water tourism etc. The tourist locations are given below in brief.
Agartala, the capital of the state surrounded by greeneries. It has Ujjayanta Palace a palace of erstwhile Maharajas, many temples including Buddhist temple and international borders, Maharaja Bir Bikram College complex, Museum, Government complexes etc. The famous Chatturdas Devata temple located about 6 km away is a old temple established by then Maharaja of Tripura. Sipahijala is a wild life sanctury with distinctive flora and fauna.


Places Of Interest In Tripura

Tripura Heritage Park

The department of forest is creating Tripura’s first Heritage theme Park at Kunjaban, Agartala. This aims at bringing alive Tripura’s and, to some extent, India’s cultural heritage in a truly dynamic manner through a series of exquisite exhibits open for viewing and is being set up on a sprawling 4 hectares space at Kunjaban, Agartala. In reality, the Heritage Park aims at interpreting the past for the future and imparting a truly memorable experience of Tripura in a single space! Tripura Heritage Park is an oasis of serenity over an area of about 4 hectares at Kunjaban in Agartala. It takes the visitor to a surreal world, providing a glimpse of the natural and cultural heritage of Tripura. Its natural undulating terrain, offering a back drop of majestic eucalyptus, acacia and litchi trees, embraces visitors and takes them to an environment rich in tranquility. The park abounds in a variety of indigenous plants and trees, including medicinal herbs which support a variety of avian fauna. An assortment of artifacts in various forms are scattered around the park, including heritage benches, pottery, wood craft, stone work, etc. The Grand Entrance to the park is exquisitely crafted to show Tripura’s rich and diverse Heritage. The design consists of a beautiful arrangement of statues and  figures that bringout the essential ingredients of the rich culture of the State in a most extraordinary manner. The boundary is dotted with magnificent pillars with orchids perched on the top. Right across the entrance, in an area of about one hectare, a unique three dimensional map of Tripura has been created. It provides a bird’s eye view of the essential features of Tripura’s geography and landscape, including the hill ranges, the rivers and rivulets. The main communication links of Tripura- National Highway-44 and the rail line with bridges and tunnels have been brilliantly recreated in miniature. The Park will generate interest among the tourists and visitors both from within the state and from outside regarding the places of tourist attraction and heritage sites in their original form. 9 Novembers of heritage spots are recreated in the park: these are- Chandrapur Mosque (Rajnagar, Belonia), Pilak, Chabimura or Deotamura, Tripureswari temple, Unakoti, Mahamuni, Ujjayanta Palace, Neermahal, Chaturdash Devta Mandir.

Other Attractions of the Park

  • Walking trail for the health conscious: 1 km length.

  • Wall relief work showing composite Indian heritage and culture and traditions of Tripura.

  • Medicinal herbs, bamboos, aquatic vegetation, hedges and ornamental plants.

  • An aesthetically crafted shed with thatched roofing and traditional bamboo hut (tong).

  • Amphi-theatre with a capacity of 400.

  • Grass lawns, Rock Garden and Fossil fountain.

  • Water body and water falls.

  • Gardenia lights.

  • Emphasis has been laid on the use of local material, including bamboo, and even waste articles in constructions. Each structure, including public conveniences, has been set up in consonance with the surroundings and provided a heritage touch. Ramp has been provided at the entrance for the elderly and differently-abled persons.

    Chottakhola- "India-Bangladesh Maitree Udyan"

    Chottakhola a border town 130 km from Agartala was one of the base camps of the Muktijuddhas (Bangladeshi freedom fighters) from where they launched the war against Pakistani troops in Noakhali, Feni and parts of Comilla districts. Surrounded by Bangladesh, the Tripura government to commemorate the 40th year of Bangladesh’s independence has also decided to build an eco-park at Chottakhola, including a statue of the Bangabandhu, the architect of Bangladesh's independence Sheikh Mujibar Rehman. Located near the Indo- Bangladesh border the Bharat- Bangladesh Maitree Udyan Park (India-Bangladesh Friendship Park) will be a tribute to Indian soldiers and Bangladeshi freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives during the Liberation War. A museum will also be built showcasing the arms and ammunitions used in the war, along with photographs, literature and newspapers from that period. The Bangladeshi foreign minister Dipu Moni had laid the foundation stone of the Bharat-Bangladesh Maitree Udyan on On November 1, 2010. This park to be built over 20 hectares will have an entrance that will represent the rich cultural heritage and links that exist between India and Bangladesh. The seven hillocks and slopes will be landscaped with different types of vegetation special to this region that would be planted and maintained to provide livelihood to the local population with the growth of floriculture and allied income generating activities. This park nests within the extensive Trishna Wild Life Sanctuary, also home to the Bison Conservatory Reserve forest.


    Ujjayanta Palace

    This royal house, which stands in the Capital city Agartala covering one sq. Km. area was built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya during 1899-1901. It is a two storied mansion, having a mixed type of architecture with three high domes, the central one being 86’ high. The magnificent tile floor curved wooden ceiling and beautifully crafted doors are particularly notable. The palace is set with huge Mughal style gardens, beautified by pools and gardens. Flood lighting and fountains have also added to its beauty.

    Location: Agartala




    Kunjaban Palace

    A green hillock known as Kunjaban ( a bower) for its scenic beauty, stands to the north of Ujjayanta palace at a distance of about 1 Km. Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya (1909-1923) selected this beautiful place for building a suburban palace for retreat and constructed a palace in 1917 which was named as ‘Pushpabanta Palace’. The Maharaja himself being a gifted artist is said to have drawn the plan of the palace and its adjoining garden. Poet Rabindranath Tagore stayed in the eastern apartment of this palace during his 7th and last visit to the state in 1926. This palace was the mute witness to many of the great poet’s creations including a number of popular songs. There are well laid gardens and lawns inside the palace which is the official residence of the Governor of Tripura now. The southern side of the garden has been made open for the public and has been named as "Rabindra Kanan".

    Location: Agartala.

    Neermahal Palace

    This magnificent lake palace was constructed as a summer resort in 1930 by late Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur in the middle of a natural lake called Rudrasagar having an area of 5.35 Sq. Km. The construction was undertaken by Martin & Burn Co. and it is the only lake palace in the entire eastern India. A good combination of Hindu and Mughal architecture is noticed on the domes of the palace. There are mainly two parts of the palace - one on the western side known as Andar Mahal which was used by the royal family and another on the eastern side which was used for the security personnel and servants. There are 15 rooms in the main Andar Mahal. There is a beautiful garden laid in the western side of the palace. In the garden there is an open stage where drama, musical programmes, etc. used to be organised. Maharaja used to go by motor boat to the palace from Rajghat. There is a motor boat ghat inside the palace upto which the motor boat could go and there are two, stairs at the motor boat ghat - one for Maharaja and one for Maharani. Flood lighting of the palace has been arranged in the evening. In addition, water sports facilities are being extended. The palace is going to be renovated and a museum depicting the royal life style will be set up inside the palace. In addition Light & Sound show on the historical past and cultural heritage of Tripura is being organised now in the palace. A variety of migratory birds are found in the lake surrounding Neermahal during winter.

    Location: Melaghar

    Unakoti

    Unakoti It is "Shaiba" (Saivite) pilgrimage and dates back to 7th – 9th centuries if not earlier. The marvellous rock carvings, murals with their primitive beauty, waterfalls are not to be missed. Unakoti means one less than a crore and it is said that these many rock cut carvings are available here. As per Hindu mythology, when Lord Shiva was going to Kashi along with one crore gods and goddesses he made a night halt at this location. He asked all the gods and goddesses to wake up before sun rise and proceed for Kashi. It is said that in the morning, except Shiva himself, no one else could get up so Lord Shiva set out for Kashi himself cursing the others to become stone images. As a result we have one less than a crore stone images and carvings at Unakoti. These carvings are located at a beautifully landscaped forest area with green vegetation all around which add to the beauty of the carvings. The images found at Unakoti are of two types, namely rock-carved figures and stone images. Among the rock cut carvings, the central Shiva head and gigantic Ganesha figures deserve special mention. The central Shiva head known as ‘Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava’ is about 30 feet high including an embroidered head-dress which itself is 10 feet high. On each side of the head-dress of the central Shiva, there are two full size female figures - one of Durga standing on a lion and another female figure on the other side. In addition three enormous images of Nandi Bull are found half buried in the ground. There are various other stone as well as rock cut images at Unakoti. Every year a big fair popularly known as ‘Ashokastami Mela’ is held in the month of April which is visited by thousands of pilgrims.

    Location: 178 k.m. from Agartala. 8 k.m. from Kailasahar, District headquarter of North Tripura District.

    Deotamura

    Deotamura is famous for its panels of rock carvings on the steep mountain wall on the bank of Gomati. There are huge carved images of Shiva, Vishnu, Kartika, Mahisasur Mardini Durga and other gods and goddesses. This is also called Chabimura. These images date back to 15th-16th centuries.

    Location: 75 k.m. from Agartala.






    Pilak

    Treasure house of Hindu and Buddhist Sculpture and architecture. It dates back to 8th and 9th centuries. Beautiful images scattered in an area of about 10 Sq. Km. Have been found. The images, terracotta plaques and sealing found here reflect existence in remote antiquity of heterodox creeds and sects representing both Hinduism and Buddhism. Colossal stone images of Avolokiteshwar and Narasimha have been found here.

    Location: 100 k.m. from Agartala.


    Tripura Sundari Temple

    This temple is one of the 51 holiest ‘Shaktipeeths’ (Shrine of the goddess of power) in India as per Hindu mythology. According to mythology, Lord Vishnu had cut off the body of Mata Sati into 51 pieces with his ‘Sudarshana Chakra’ and all these pieces fell at different places throughout the country and these places are known as ‘Shaktipeeths’. It is said that ‘right foot’ of Mata Sati fell at Matabari on the southwestern outskirts of Udaipur town, headquarter of present South Tripura district of the state. This ‘pithasthan’ (centre of pilgrimage) is also known as Kurma Pith because the shape of the temple premises resembles that of “Kurma” or tortoise. The idol of ‘Maa Kali’, presiding deity of the temple, stands in the sanctum sanctorum and it is made of reddish black stone, popularly known in Bengali as ‘Kashtipathar’. The Goddess ‘Kali’ is worshipped in her incarnation as ‘Shoroshi’ (sixteen year old girl) in the temple by professional priests. An idol of smaller size of Maa Kali called ‘Chotto Maa’who stands beside the presiding deity used to be reportedly carried along by the kings during hunting expeditions and also during war for impromptu worship in tents. The temple consists of square type sanctum of the typical Bengali hut structure with a conical dome. The temple was constructed in 1501 A.D. by the then Maharaja Dhanya Manikya. In the eastern side of the temple there is the famous ‘Kalyan Sagar’ lake where fishes and tortoises of huge size are found and devotees feed them with “Muri” (puffed rice) and biscuits. No fishing is permitted in the Kalyan Sagar. Every year on ‘Diwali’, a famous ‘Mela’ or fair takes place near the temple which is visited by more than two lakh pilgrims.

    Location: 55 k.m. from Agartala. 3 k.m. away from Udaipur, headquarter of South Tripura District.



    Fourteen Goddess Temple

    It is located about 14 Km. Away from Agartala at a place called Old Agartala. At the end of twelve year rule by a usurper Shamsher Gazi (1748-1760) the then king Krishna Manikya realized the vulnerability of Udaipur to predatory raids by brigands from the plain lands in Eastern Bengal and shifted the capital to ‘Puran Haveli’ or old Agartala in the year 1760. It continued to be the capital till it was shifted to present Agartala town in the year 1838. Near the sacred 14 goddess temple during the month of July every year ‘Kharchi festival’ is organised and thousands of pilgrims and devotees visit the festival site and the accompanying fair.

    Location: 6 kms from Agartala.




    Bhuvaneswari Temple

    On the southern bank of river Gomati at Udaipur is found the ruins of a big palace built by Maharaja Govinda Manikya (1660-75 A.D.). The Bhuveneswari temple is situated close to this palace. This temple and an important historical episode of king Govinda Manikya’s rule form the plot of Rabindra Nath Tagore’s famous novel ‘Rajarshi’ and drama "Visarjan".

    Location: 55 k.m. from Agartala.





    Jagganath Temple

    Famous not only from the pilgrim’s point of view, this temple is also a remarkable architectural feat with its octagonal base and its impression pradhkshin patha round the sanctum. The pillars are crowned by square and pyramidal cones.

    Location: Agartala.





    Kashba Kali Temple

    Kamalasagar Kali Temple was built on a hill-top by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in the late 15th century. It is situated just deside the Bangladesh border; the lake in front of this temple rightly enhances its beauty. The large ‘Kamala Sagar’ lake dug by king Dhanya Manikya (1490-1520) and the two wavy blue water lakes in front of the "Ujjayanta palace", abode of Tripura’s erstwhile princely rulers in the heart of capital Agartala will form inevitable itinerary of trourists fond of waterscape. Princely Tripura’s erstwhile capital and present headquarter of south Tripura District, Udaipur is also known as a "lake-town" because of the surfeit of large lakes , dug by different princely rulers, that dot the town . These lakes coupled with the river Gomati that flows by Udaipur will enthuse tourists to have a pleasant outing.

    Location: Bishalghar.

    Mangal Chandi Temple

    Down the annals of history Tripura has been a major destination of tourists seeking solace in religion and acts of piety in centres of pilgrimage. While the five hundred year old ‘Mata Tripureshwari’ temple in Udaipur occupies the pride of place, the ‘Mangal Chandi’ temple in the heart of Amarpur town in south Tripura is no less important or attractive as a religious place. This historical temple was built by Tripura’s erstwhile princely ruler Amar Manikya (1577-1586) blending traditional Hindu- Buddhist architectural style. The presiding deity in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple is ‘Devi Mangal Chandi’ but there is also the figure of a cow built within as vehicle of Lord Vishnu besides images of minor deities. Despite conflicting interpretations of the architecture and nature of dedication to deities , "Mangal Chandi Temple" is a centre of pilgrimage to devotees and tourists of all hues keen to perform religious rites and acts of pieties.

    Location: 81 k.m. from Agartala.


    Laxmi Narayan Mandir


    Icon of Lord Krishna was installed by Krishnananda Sevayet of Laxmi Narayan temple more than 45 years ago. The temple is also registered under Indian antiquitity act like monument. The main temple was constructed with some financial assistance of the royal family of Tripura. According to the legendary tale of the Bhagavata Tamal tree is closely associated with the life sport of Lord Krishna, probably considering this aspect, the sevayet planted Tamal tree in front of the temple about 35 years back. The branches of the Tamal tree have spreaded so nicely forming like a Canopy, which is indeed attractable. Every year, the Janmasthami festival is observed with great sublimity.

    Location: Agartala.



    Venuban Vihar

    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.

    Location: Agartala.







    Gedu Mia's Mosque

    "Gedu Miar Maszid" is the pride of place for the minority Muslims of Tripura. This imposing "Maszid", located in Shibnagar area of Agartala bears testimony to the devotion and piety of a remarkable individual. Gedu Mia, the founder of the ‘Maszid’, had commenced his eventful career as a humble "Mahut" (elephant driver) and then became a motor garage worker and a driver. But Gedu Mia’s stars smiled on him late in life when he bagged a lucrative contract of Rs 7 lakhs from Tripura’s last princely ruler Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya (1923-1947) for construction of an airport in Narsingarh area , northeast of Agartala town in the year 1942. He accomplished his task and made a huge profit, a part of which went into building this mosque at Shibnagar. Built of imported white marble stones, this exquisitely beautiful mosque is endowed with a large number of minarets, towers and art works on doors, fronted by a sprawling green space for religious congregations including weekly "Jumma Namaz".

    Location: Agartala.

    Chandrapur Mosque

    The 1992 is marked as a watershed year in post-independence Indian history because of the destruction of Babri Maszid at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. As a pleasant coincidence people in Rajnagar area under Belonia subdivision of south Tripura discovered the remnants of a medieval mosque concealed from public view by trees, plants and bushes that very year. The mosque overlooking plains of Bangladesh and Tripura from a hillock was restored in the fateful year 1992 by an initiative of the state government and a "Solidarity Fair" was held. The fair on december 6, the day "Babri Maszid" was destroyed, has been a major annual event in the state’s cultural calendar since then. Experts on Tripura’s history attribute the construction of ‘Rajnagar Maszid’ to the commander of the Mughal army which invaded Tripura in the year 1618 during the reign of King Yashodhar Manikya. Standing atop the secluded hillock in towering glory the mosque beckons tourists to enjoy the majesty of its architectural beauty.

    Location: 105 km from , Agartala.

    Mariyam Nagar Church

    Standing amidst the lush green lap of nature, seven KMs east of Agartala, Mariamnagar is actually a historical site. The Catholic Church in this sparsely populated pastoral scenario had once been used by Portuguese settlers. Tripura’s momentous contact with the Portuguese, settled in Chittagong in present Bangladesh, had commenced in 1577 when king Amar Manikya had sought their help in his war against the rampaging Mog tribal army. The Portuguese who had fought for the king as mercenaries settled down in Tripura after the war had ended in 1585. When king Krishna Manikya shifted Tripura’s capital from Udaipur to "Puran Haveli" in 1760 the Portuguese, though considerably reduced in number by then, settled there. But they settled down in Mariamnagar when king Krishna Kishore Manikya (1830-1849) shifted capital from ‘Puran Haveli’ to present Agartala in 1838. The descendants of the original Portuguese settlers have by now ethnically and culturally melted down in the local population but the 169 Year old Church still remains the place of worship and an attractive structure.

    Location: Agartala.

    Sepahijala Wild Life Sanctuary

    Sepahijala wildlife sanctuary encompasses an area of 18.532 km. More than 150 species of residential birds, migratory birds, orchid garden, boating facilities, wild life, botanical garden, zoo, elephant joy-rides, rubber and coffee plantations beckon the tourists all through the year. The added visual incentive for animallovers is the famous spectacled monkey which is now a rare species.

    Location: 25 k.m. from Agartala on Agartala-Udaipur main road.





    Trishna Wild Life Sanctuary

    Trishna Wild Life Sanctuary is located about 100 Km. Away from Agartala in Belonia Subdivision of South Tripura District. Bison is the main attraction in this sanctuary, in addition to the resident and migratory birds.

    Location: 100 k.m. from, Agartala.



    Gomati Wildlife Sanctuary

    Picturesque Gomati sanctuary having 389.540 square kms is located at south-east corner of the state in the south Tripura district. What adds charm to the Gomati Sanctuary is a vast water reservoir covering approximately 300 sq. Kms. This huge water body attracts many resident and migratory water birds from far off places. It has elephants, bison, Sambar, barking deer, wild goat or sarow, apart from many other animals and reptiles. The sanctuary can be approached via Ambassa and Gandacherra or via Amarpur-Jatanbari. A high concentration of primate species is noticeable in this sanctuary .Ofthem the Hoolook gibbon, slow loris, the capped langur, and phayres langur are endangered. It is also home to elephants, leopards, barking deer, wild dog, wild pig etc. amongst mammals. Large whistling teals and Burmese sub-species of sarus crane have also been sighted in this sanctuary. A very large variety of birds including winter visitors are found in the Gumti hydel reservoir. The semievergreen, evergreen pockets of forest with a very large plant species of 230 varieties exist in this sanctuary. Of trees, more than 150 spp. of climbers and climbing shrubs, 160 spp. Of shrubs 400 spp. of herbs are available here. The sanctuaries has virgin forests and are catchment areas of Gumti & Khowai rivers. The forests are also of critical importance to agriculture as they prevent soil erosion in the area. As the sanctuary forests are surrounded by crop fields, proper management of the sanctuary for conservation of wildlife, soil and water is of utmost importance to the people of the area as their lives depend on its efficient management. It is believed that rationalization of the boundaries supplemented by prudent relocation of human habitation may help in mellowing the attitude of the tribals living there and a political solution will be found to the insurgency problem.

    Location: 40 k.m. from Agartala.

    Rowa Wildlife Sanctuary

    Situated in the north Tripura district, it can be approached from panisagar and is adjacent to the national highway. It is a small sanctuary with an area of 85’85 hectares and it is one of the few remnants of the natural forests left that is easily accessible to the visitors. It presents ample scope for study by the botanists. It harbours more than 150 species of birds, wild beasts and primates.
    The site was originally chosen for having tall trees with thick undergrowth, which was assiduously protected by some ‘Khasi’ tribal families for cultivation of pan (betel leaves). This also provided perching place for a multitude of birds. Forest department took over the area when they left. The whole area over 86 hactares was fenced and staffs were posted to manage it. It has potential for development as a centre of awareness generation in the northern parts of Tripura through regular organized visits of the school children, college students and other people including the tourists from within the state as well as from outside.

    Location: 150 k.m. from Agartala.

    Tripura University

    Tripura University epitomizes the aspirations of the state’s people for academic excellence at the highest level and quest for knowledge. It is axiomatic that knowledge alone forms the basis of progress and development in the present internet-driven world. What, however, is of crucial importance is successful dissemination of knowledge and making it easily accessible to learners. With its cryptic motto ‘pursuit of excellence’ Tripura University has dedicated itself to this noble task ever since it had been launched on October 2 1987. The dream of the state’s people had come true on the birth anniversary day of the ‘Father of the Nation’. A flash-back to the historical background of the university sheds fascinating light on the series of developments that culminated in the setting up of the university. The state’s first institution of higher education, MBB College, had commenced functioning from 1947 with affiliation from Calcutta University but in the immediate aftermath of partition the population of the state registered a steep growth and so did the number of students aspiring for higher education.

    Location: Suryamaninagar, Agartala.

    M.B.B College

    Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishor Manikya Bahadur, the last illustrious king of Tripura was the architect and founder of this pioneering institution of higher learning in the state which was established in the year 1947. Affiliated with the University of Calcutta, the college, since its inception, has maintained a high standard of academic excellence establishing itself as one of the prominent members of the Calcutta University family. The college, which once served as the nucleus of the states own university as a center of Post- Graduate teaching, is now affiliated with the Tripura University. The sprawling college campus is spread over an area of 234 acres with lush green fields bordered with exotic varieties of trees and winding lakes haunted by migratory birds in winter. The river Howrah flows along its southeast periphery and distant hill ranges form a bluishgreen backdrop to the scenery. The sylvan landscape weaves a magic spell upon the visitor on his/her first encounter with the campus. Amidst these bounties of nature stands the imposing main college building, a fine specimen of Mughal architectural style designed by late Maharaja himself. On the whole, the college campus forms a major tourist attraction. The many faculties with dedicated staff and students, the rich library with its vast collection of books and journals, the well-equipped laboratories, amenities and opportunities for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and above all, its uninterrupted tradition of over half a century as center of higher learning have earned this premier college of North-East its present fame. The motto of the college, culled from the treasure house of the Upanishadas is “Vidayamrtamasnute” (Knowledge is the key to immortality). This premier institution has been perennially striving to keep up to this motto by imparting and disseminating knowledge to the young minds.

    Location: Agartala.

    Akhaura Check Post

    Akhaura Check Post, standing in pastoral seclusion on the western edges of Agartala, handles the largest number of visitors to and from neighbouring Bangladesh. Till the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 the narrow strip of seven km road from Agartala to Akhaura and the train services from the railway junction there would provide the people of Tripura access to the mainstream of India across the vast plains and waterscape of Eastern Bengal. The partition of 1947 created a permanent barrier and the Assam-Agartala national highway No-44 had to be built in the early fifties of last century to secure Tripura’s link with the Indian heartland. But since the momentous partition Akhaura has emerged as the nerve centre of legalized crossborder movement and, of late, a hub of border trade. A visit to the quiet environs of around Akhaura check post is an eye-soothing experience for all tourists.

    Location: Agartala.

    Tripura Government Museum

    Tripura Government Museum Establish 1970. Situated in the heart of the town, it preserves some rare images, epigraphs numismatic evidence which throw light on the glorious past of Tripura and some of the adjoining States.Tripura Government Museum is important to the tourists, students, general public and research scholars to know about the History & Culture of past and present people of the State. Most of the sculptures acquired and displayed so far are from Udaipur, Pilak, Jolaibari and other sites of Tripura Out of them, the sculptures from Pilak are the exquisite collections, depicting mixed culture of both Hindu and Buddhist pantheon. they are famous itself for the style and variety of theme. The sculptures are mostly dated back to 9th to 13thcent. A. D. Most of the sculptures and made of sand stone and for that the formation of sculpture is very crude in nature.Low relief Dasavatar panels collected from Radhanagar in the vicinity of Agartala dated back to 18th cent.



    Malancha Niwas


    The Bungalow adjacent to Kunjaban palace situated on a hillock was originally a ‘kaccha’ house where Tagore stayed during his visit in 1919. The pucca structure was subsequently built and given the name of Malancha Niwas.

    Location: Agartala.





    Sukanta Academy


    It is a science museum located in the heart of Agartala town. A small planetarium has also been set up within the complex to attract students, research scholars and scientist.

    Location: Agartala.





    Nagicherra Rubber Wood Processing Centre

    Tucked away in splendid isolation from the heat and dust of urban life, Nagaicherra, a sleepy hamlet 12 KMs southeast of Tripura’s capital town, symbolises the state’s rapid and confident march along the fast highway of development and enterprise sponsored by the government. Long seven years ago Tripura Forest Development and Plantation Corporation (TFDPC), a subsidiary of the forest department, had launched a rubber wood processing centre.With prudent investment and management the project has already achieved unblemished success, providing bread and butter to hundred odd people including skilled carpenters who contribute to the growth and development of the Centre. Disposing rubber wood at the end of the life-cycle of the plants had long been a headache for public and private planters because till recently rubber wood was considered useless. Butfrom Kerala, India’s premier rubber-producing state, the TFDPC officials had come to know that rubber wood could be converted into excellent raw materials for durable furnitures, boards and doors through processing. The project had a modest beginning in the year 2000 with only one automatic sawing machine and a small laboratory of chemicals for processing rubber wood. But success came instantly as the consumers fell for the durable but cheap rubber wood furnitures and at present a project of Rs 2.5 crore is being implemented for expansion. Currently three automatic machines work round the clock to cut the crude plant bodies into pieces of required measurement and then processing is done in expanded laboratories to produce exquisitely beautiful timber for furnitures , boards and doors for a ready market. As a result TFDPC has emerged as the lone profit-making Corporation of the state government which gives annual dividends to its sponsors. A visit to Nagicherra is sure to enlighten tourists on what human dedication and initiative can achieve.

    Location: 15 k.m. from Agartala.

    Purbasha

    Tripura is noted for its exquisite and beautiful bamboo, cane and wooden handicrafts including cotton, silk, polyester.Visitors can watch the craft persons at work and end up shopping at ‘Purbasha’ and any of the Handloom and Handicrafts sales Emporium in any of the tourist centres including Agartala.

    Location: Agartala.







    Durga Bari Tea Estate

    A tea estate is an unlikely destination for tourists in normal circumstances. But the cooperative run ‘Durgabari Tea Estate’ qualifies for the honour on the strength of its sprawling green-capped landscape and the management’s fine care on which it flourishes. Shortly after assuming power in the state in 1978 the first left front government had taken over management of seven sick tea gardens including ‘Durgabari’, twelve kms north of Agartala, under the overall stewardship of newly constituted Tripura Tea Development Corporation (TTDC). But the result left a lot to be desired and at one stage the workers and employees of ‘Durgabari’ formed a workers cooperative to run the estate under the leadership of Sudhamay Mazumder. The co-operative achieved stunning success, earning profit consistently and in the year 2002 ‘Durgabari’ received the best co-operative award in the country. It was on June 20 2002 that the then union agriculture minister Hukum Deo Narayan Yadav gave away the prize of Rs 50 thousand and a trophy to Mazumder in a programme at Delhi . This was also followed up by the launching of a tea processing unit in the estate on funds sanctioned by North Eastern Council (NEC). ‘Durgabari’ is the showpiece of the state’s co-operative movement in Tripura and tourists may partake of the pleasure of being in the midst of a richly productive unit and workers bristling with enthusiasm and zeal.

    Location: Agartala.

    Jampui Hills

    It is situated about 200 Km. Away from Agartala and is the highest hill range in the state bordering Mizoram. This permanent seat of eternal spring is situated at an altitude of 3000’ above sea level. Jampui is famous for its charming landscape and bracing climate. The excellent climatic condition, green forests, beautiful orange garden, view of rising and setting sun are wonderful sights for tourists.The hill range has 11 villages inhabited by Mizo (Lushai tribes) and also by Reang tribes. Population of the hill range is about 8,000 and the main occupation of the villagers is orange cultivation. The temperature variation in the hill range is very nominal in all seasons and is ideal for the purpose of tourism. Different seasons offer different pleasures to the tourists at Jampui hill. During October to December the orange trees are laden with fruits and the entire hill range looks orange coloured. During March to May various species of orchids and other wild trees bear flowers. During rainy season the hill range is full of clouds and one can have the feeling of strolling in the clouds. The Lushai tribes that inhabit in the hill range have a very strikingly distinct cultural identity. They are quite well-off people, having neat and clean houses well equipped with modern amenities. Most of them speak English fluently and follow Christianity. The sunrise and sunset in the hill range offer a delightful sight . The natural beauty, the pleasant weather, various species of trees, orchids and orange gardens, hospitable people and rich cultural heritage make it an ideal destination for the tourists. There is also the ‘Eden’, a spectacular hill-top Tourist Lodge in Vangmun village where tourists can go and stay comfortably. In addition, local people offer paying guest accommodation to the visiting tourists which enable them to closely understand the life and culture of the Lushai tribes. After withdrawal of Restricted Area Permit for the foreign nationals, the hill range now attracts a large number of foreign tourists. The highest peak of Tripura ‘Betlingchhip’ falls in this hill range which is 3600 feet high and from where tourist can see the panoramic view of Mizoram, Chittagong hill tracts and various other hill ranges of Tripura. There are good trekking routes in the hill range for tourists. The State Government is planning to develop village tourism in Jampui hill and a sports complex and a cultural complex will be constructed shortly.

    Location: 250 k.m. from Agartala.

    Nehru Park

    The reddish glow of the toxic topsoil on the bare strip of land in Gorkha Basti area , north of Agartala town , would hurt the eyes till a few years ago . It was the time when the state government was looking to shift a part of its administrative setup out of the heart of the town . Quite naturally the choice fell on the government land in sprawling Gorkha Basti area. The towering buildings did come up in no time and many government departments shifted there. Among other consequences of the emergence of new administrative buildings, the place became a concrete jungle, worsened by the red topsoil in the immediate environs. It was then that the idea of building a park occurred to the authority of the forest department .The result is today’s Nehru Park in front of "Aranya Bhawan", headquarter of the forest department. It had taken lot of efforts and expenses to process the soil and prepare it for varied floral plants with spaces for seating in the emerging green cover. The Park, inaugurated in the year 2003, is now a happy hub of people of all ages tired of living in "city pent".

    Location: Agartala.

    Rabindra Kanan

    Quietly nestled south of Raj Bhawan, the sprawling "Rabindra Kanan", a park with lush greenery and an abundance of flowers, is home to children and young people, looking for a peaceful nest for heart-to-heart chatting. Apart from the colourful flowers, what heightens the beauty of the park is a ‘Puppet House’ for children who enormously enjoy the puppet shows. The visitors to the park draw a bonus in the form of delicious food served by the Assam Rifles canteen, west of it.

    Location: Agartala.






    Kalapania Nature Park

    Every development project adds a new dimension to the socioeconomic profile of a place, transforming life-styles, developing infrastructure and altering social ethos as a whole . Nothing illustrates this better than the sprawling Kalapania Eco Park in Sabroom subdivision of Tripura. A swift ride along the extended Agartala-Sabroom national highway (No-44) takes a tourist to Kalacherra in close to three hours and one more KM ahead a leftward turn off the highway delivers the tourist to the lush green landscape of Kalapania dotted with greencapped hillocks and transparent lakes spread over twenty five hectares of land . The Park, developed over a period of seven years since 2000, embodies an interesting history. At the height of Bangladesh crisis in 1971 Kalapania had played host to thousands of refugees from that country and a crematorium had come up on the land owned by a magnanimous tribal Tripura. The refugees had duly left and obscure Kalapania returned to languish in days of desolation, obscure even to most of the people in Sabroom subdivision.

    Location: 35 k.m. from Agartala.


    Arkaneer

    Literally, the word ‘Arkaneer’ means "House of the Sun". Located twelve KMs south of Agartala beside the extended national highway-44 from the state capital to Sabroom, Tripura’s southernmost subdivision, ‘Arkaneer’ has emerged as an attractive tourist spot. Run by an NGO called N.B.Institute for Technology, "Arkaneer" is a childrens science centre. Its major attractions, in addition to the childrens science centre, include sports house, an apartment where visitors can participate in mind games of science and reasoning, a solar electricity centre, childrens library and materials for cheap house building. It is a sure destination for children among tourists.

    Location: Shekerkut, Agartala.

    Dumboor Lake

    A massive and breathtaking water body of 41 sq.km. with an unending spell of luxuriant green vegetation all around stands majestic for her exceedingly charming beauty and 48 islands in the midst of the lake. Migratory birds and water sports facilities are additional attractions. There is a Hydel Project near the lake from where River Gomati originates and this is called Tirthamukh where on 14th January every year famous "Pous Sankranti Mela" takes place. The lake is the confluence of rivers Raima and Sarma. Various species of migratory birds are visible in the winter and it has rich reservoir of natural and cultured fishes.

    Location: 120 k.m. from Agartala.

    Nazrul Kalakshetra

    Located on Math Chowmuhani - Jail Road near Purbasha is a sprawling cultural complex of the city with a sophisticated auditorium. It will also comprise a film development laboratory, a screening hall and a library.

    Ramaprasad Dutta Gabeshanagar

    This is a private museum, a treasure of literary collections established, managed and run by Sri Ramaprasad Dutta, a renowned Writer of the state. This is located at Gandhighat.

    Rajendra Kirtishala

    This is also a privately managed archaeological and numismatical museum, situated near Upendra Bidhya Bhaban, Joynagar, with very rich collections of images, coins, terracottas and various objects of tribal cultures etc. This has been founded by Sri Jahar Acharji and dedicated after his father Rajendra Acharji.



    Birchandra State Central Library

    The most old, famous and rich library under Education Department, Govt. of Tripura. It has a spacious reading room also. This was near Umakanta Academy on Akhaura Road and presently has been shifted to much spacious old Secretariat Building on the same road.






    Bodhjungnagar Industrial Growth Centre

    Bodhjungnagar Industrial Growth Centre, 12 km. away from Agartala city, is a newly built up industrial complex. It is situated on the left hand side of Agartala- Guwahati road (44 National Highway) near Khayerpur. It comprises an Industrial Growth Centre, a Rubber Park and one Export Promotion Industrial Park within an area of more than 500 acres of land. The area has formed a beautiful landscape with green undulated hillocks and number of modern and picturesque industrial buildings. The place is worth seeing in view of its both natural and planned beauties.

    Source: Tripurainfo.com & Tripura ,Tourism Corporation Website.





    Tripurainfo knowledge Park, Lichu Bagan, Agartala

    Tripuras only cyber destinatiobn and state of art knoeledge park situated at airport road, lichu Bagan, Agartala.Tripurainfo.com is an Agartala based online electronics media launche on 26th may, 2001.
    Tripura info.om is the only one of its kind in Tripura that offer services in multifarious fields like online news, website design, software/MIS development and maintenance including human resource development, call centre operation and advertising through websites and providing manpower to various agencies under one umbrella.
    Tripurainfo.com introduced Tripura’s 1st domestic call centre & citizen helpline sevices in 2012.

    Location: 2 km from Governor House and 500 miters from Tripura high court, Agartala.



    Tourists visits Tripura every year


    The number of tourist visited both domestic as well as foreign and total revenue earned during 2008-09 to 2013-14 is presented in the following Table.

    YEAR TOURIST VISIT REVENUE (in Rs) (in LAKHS)
    DOMESTIC FOREIGN TOTAL
    2008-09 2,45,745 3,410 2,49,155 64.66
    2009-10 3,20,931 4,763 3,25,694 106.50
    2010-11 3,54,006 5,290 3,59,296 158.75
    2011-12 3,59,731 6,550 3,66,281 188.87
    2012-13 3,58,625 7,817 3,66,442 168.50
    2013-14 3,33,369 13,584 3,46,953 193.69

    Tripura Tourism Development Corporation Limited

    In 2009-10, the State Government has established a Tripura Tourism Development Corporation Limited (www.tripuratourism.in) in June 2009 having its corporate office located at Swetmahal, Agartala for effective managing of the tourism industry in the State. There are four package tours conducted by the TTDCL for tourism aspects which includes as follows and details are hoisted in wwww.tripuratourism.gov.in.

    i. Discover Tripura

    ii. Golden Tripura

    iii.Green Tripur

    iv. Buddhist circuit