Tourism of Tripura|
Places Of Interest In 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
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.
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
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
Medicinal herbs, bamboos, aquatic vegetation, hedges and ornamental plants.
An aesthetically crafted shed with thatched roofing and traditional bamboo hut
Amphi-theatre with a capacity of 400.
Grass lawns, Rock Garden and Fossil fountain.
Water body and water falls.
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
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.
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.
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".
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.
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 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.
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
Location: 55 k.m. from Agartala. 3 k.m. away from Udaipur, headquarter of South
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
Location: 6 kms from Agartala.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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
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
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
Location: 150 k.m. from Agartala.
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
Location: Suryamaninagar, Agartala.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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
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.
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.
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
Location: 120 k.m. from Agartala.
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.
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
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
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Location: 2 km from Governor House and 500 miters from Tripura high court,
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.
||REVENUE (in Rs) (in
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
i. Discover Tripura
ii. Golden Tripura
iv. Buddhist circuit