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TRIPURA

HERITAGE PARK

The Heritage Park, spread over twelve acre of land,is located at the centre of the city, on the northern side of Raj Bhawan on the Agartala-GBP Hospital road. This park was inaugurated on the 30th November 2012 by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Tripura. Entrance to the park has an imposing gate constructed with depicting the rich tribal, nontribal mixed cultural heritage of Tripura, both tribal and non-tribal. The park has three parts, viz. (i) mini-Tripura located in about three acre of land at the entrance, (ii) central area being raised as natural forest, and (iii) a plain table land with medicinal plants, herbs and shrubs. There is a walking track of 1.1 kilometer running along the periphery of the park.

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.



UJJAYANTA PALACE

This royal house, which stands in the Capital city Agartala covering 1(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.

Accommodation: Rajarshee Yatri Niwas, Yatrika, Bhagat Singh Youth Hostel and different Private Hotels.

BENUBAN VIHAR

Buddha Temple, Benuban Vihar in Agartala : It is one of the most attractive Buddhist destinations of Tripura, located at Kunjaban area in northern part of Agartala town.The Buddhist shrine, namely “Benuban Vihar”-though small in size-preserves some beautiful metal idols of Lord Buddha. Buddha Jayanti or the day of Buddha’s advent is celebrated on Buddha Purnima day with great enthusiasm. A visit to this monastery can be a peaceful experience.

Benuban Bihar bears testimony to the fact that from remote past Tripura has been extending hospitality and patronage to the religion and culture of its neighbors. The quiet monastery is an abode of eternal peace and tranquility to all tourists and visitors.
Location: Kunjaban, Agartala.




MAHAMUNI PAGODA

Buddha temple at Manu Bankul, South Tripura: Mahamuni is situated at the Manubankul village, north Eastern part of Sabroom Sub-Division of south Tripura. It is famous for its ancient Buddhist monastery.

The monastery bears the Buddhist idioms of expressions in religious architecture, and was constructed under the leadership of Mathu Mog and others a long time ago. A beautiful pagoda was also built at Mahamuni. A famous week long fair is held every year in the month of March-April. The Temple attracts thousands of Buddhist and non Buddhist pilgrims from every corner of the state as well as from neighbouring countries like, Myanmar, Thailand, Srilanka and Bangladesh.

Traditional Mahamuni festival & ‘Owha’ festivals, originally a Buddhist festival, but nowadays one of the most cheery festivals of the state come off every year with spontaneous participation from people. During the festival Lord Buddha is worshipped in the monastery by both Buddhist and Hindu Communities. Mahamuni is dominated by people belonging to the Mog tribal community. Actually the ethnic Chakma, Mog and Barua tribal communities of Tripura have been traditionally Buddhists. Located in the serene environs of Sabroom subdivision, 155 KMs from Agartala airport and 255 KMs from the nearest railhead Mahamuni can pride itself on excellent facilities for tourists like a tasty and well-furnished tourist lodge and a cafetaria.

Location: From Agartala 134 Km, Udaipur 82 Km, Sabroom 25 Km, Jolaibari 23 Km and Manu 20 Km

Accommodation: Pilak Tourist Lodge(Jolaiabri), Mahamuni Tourist Lodge(Mahamuni), Manu Yatri Niwas(Manu) and Dakshinayak Tourist Lodge(Sabroom).



CHATURDASH DEBTA TAMPLE

It is located about 6 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 plainlands 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 km. from Agartala.
Accommodation: Haveli Yatrika, Khayerpur and different hotels in Agartala.

GEDU MIA'S MOSQUE

"Gedu Mia's 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.
Accommodation: Different Pvt. Hotels in Agartala.


JAGANNATH TEMPLE

Famous not only from the pilgrims point of view, this temple is also a remarkable architectual feat with its octagonal base and its impression pradhkshin patha round the sanctum. The pillars are crowned by square and pyramidal cones.
Location: Agartala.


LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE

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.

Location: Agartala.

KAMALASAGAR (KASHABA) KALI TEMPLE

Kamalasagar Kali Temple, was built on a hill-top by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in the late 15th century. It is situated just beside 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: From Agartala 28 km and Udaipur 50 km.
Accommodation: Comilla View Tourist Lodge.


TRIPURA SUNDARI TEMPLE

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’.

This temple is one of the 51 holiest ‘Shaktipeeths’ (Shrine of the goddess of power ) in India as per Hindu mythology.

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.


GUMATI wILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Picturesque Gumti sanctuary having 389.540 square kms is located at south-east corner of the state in the south Tripura district.

A very large variety of birds including winter visitors are found in the Gumti hydel reservoir. The semi-evergreen, evergreen pockets of forest with a very large plant species of 230 varieities exist in this sanctuary. Of trees , more than 150 spp. of climbers and climbing shrubs, more than 160 spp. of shrubs and more than 400 spp. of herbs are available here.The sanctuary 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.

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 .Of them 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.
Location: 40 k.m. from Agartala.

Accommodation: Sagarika Parjantan Niwas/Gunabati Tourist Lodge/Gumti Tourist Lodge.

KALAPANIA NATURE PARK (SABROOM)

Every development project adds a new dimension to the socio-economic 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 green-capped 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 refguees 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.
Accommodation: Pilak Tourist Lodge.


TEPANIA ECO PARK

Tepania park situated in Tepania Gram Panchayet under Matabari R.D Block. In an area of 155 hectares inside Radhakrishorepur reserve forest with charming ambience of natural beauty, Tepania has become a huge tourist attraction.
Location: 5 km away from Udaipur and 45 km from Agartala.

BARAMURA ECO PARK

This park is located at about 37 km from Agartala in Baramura Hill Range through which 44 National Highway winds its way to Shillong and Guwahati. It is an area surrounded by sylvan green forest with a stream flowing through it. this park has got a lot of other attractions of panoramic environment. This is an ideal destination for eco-lovers.
Location: 37 km away from Agartala.

KHUMLWNG ECO PARK

This park has been developed at Khumlwng, head quarter of the Autonomous District Council (ADC). Khumlwng means valley of flowers. The park has a very beautiful spacious garden along with a natural water body with boating facilities. One children park is also there with many funny objects. This draws large number of picnickers every holiday.

Location: 25 km away from Agartala.



JAMPUI HILL

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.

Location: 250 k.m. from Agartala.
Accommodation: Eden Tourist Lodge at Vanghmun.

BHUBANESWARI 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 Bhubeneswari temple is situated close to this palace. This temple and an important historical episode of king Govinda Manikya’s rule can be known form the plot of Rabindra nath Tagore’s famous novel ‘Rajarshi’ and drama ‘Visarjan’.

Location : 55 Km. from Agartala.
Accommodation : Gunabati Tourist Lodge, Matabari and Gomati Tourist Lodge, Udaipur.

PILAK

The site of a civilization which flourished during 8-12 centuries of the Christian era has been a cradle of culture of heterodox creeds and sects representing both Hinduism i.e. Shiva, Surya, Baishnabi and Buddhism i.e. Hinayana, Mahayana, Bajrayana which bear testimony to peaceful co-existence of the two cultures.

The important places are Shyam Sundar Tilla, Deb Bari, Thakurani Tilla, Balir Pathar, Basudev Bari and Sagar Deba. The art form and style followed in the making of the images and in the sculptures appear to have remote resemblance to the sculptural and architectural style of the Palas and Guptas of Bengal. Influence of Arakan, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and local style is discernable in the form and style of Pilak images and sculpture. The number of rock-cut images and terracotta plaques are lying scattered in various places of the area.

The site has been under the care of Archaeological Survey of India. The molded terracotta plaques bear resemblance to moulded plaques recovered from Paharpur and Mainamati. The Buddhist Complex here may be assigned a date between 9th and 10th century A.D. During excavation in the late sixties, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) team found out brick built ‘stupas’. Archaeological Survey of India has plans to do some more excavation to unearth the hidden cultural heritage of the area. It may be presumed that the extensive plains of Tripura were under the control of several dynasties who ruled in Eastern Bengal and Samatata in ancient period. Some of them were Buddhists and the others were Hindus. Most of these rulers had their capitals near this region. The ancient kingdom of Pattikera had its capital in Comilla region and Pilak is not very far from Comilla.

Location: From Agartala, 100 km, Udaipur 61 km and Jolaibari 2 km. Nearest Town: Santibazar, 19 km, Jolaibari, 2 km.

Accommodation: Pilak Tourist Lodge (Jolaibari), Pilak Pantha Niwas (Bagafa) and Manu Yatriniwas (Manu Bazar).


UNAKOTI

Tripura has beautiful rock cut carvings and stone images at Unakoti, Debtamura and Pilak. Most of these carvings are huge in size and made on vertical walls exposed in the open atmosphere.

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 km. from Agartala, 8 km. from Kailashahar, district head quarter of North Tripura District. Accommodation : Unakoti Tourist Lodge(Kailashahar), Juri Tourist Lodge and Uttarmegh Tourist Lodge(Dharmanagar).

How to go to Unakoti : From Agartala to Kailashahar by bus\by train upto Kumarghat and then after half an hour journey by other means to Kailashahar.


DEBTAMURA (CHABIMURA)

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 km. from Agartala 5 km. from Amarpur. Accommodation: Raima Tourist Lodge at Jatanbari and Amarpur Tourist Lodge, Amarpur.

RUDRASAGAR LAKE

Rudrasagar lake, about 55 Km. away from Agartala near Melaghar with 5.3 Sq.Km. water area is another big attraction. In the centre of the lake the famous lake palace of Tripura namely "Neermahal" is built. Neermahal literally means Water Palace. The Palace is a picturesque fairy-tale royal mansion located in the middle of the Rudrasagar Lake which is 53 Km. south of agartala. Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore manikya built the palace in 1930 A.D. as his summer residence being inspired by Mughal Style of architecture.

The lake witnesses a large number of migratory birds in every winter. Every year a boat race is organized in July/August. The visiting tourists can enjoy boating facility in the lake.

Location: From Agartala 53 Km., Udaipur 20 Km. and Melaghar 2 Km.

Accommodation: Sagar Mahal Tourist Lodge, Melaghar.


KAMALA SAGAR LAKE

A vast lake on the edge of the border with Bangladesh was excavated by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in 15th century. On the river bank of kamalasagar, there is a famous temple of Goddess Kali dating back to 16th century. It is one of the excellent picnic spots in the state with scenic beauty.

Location : From Agartala 35 Km.
Accommodation : Comilla View Tourist Lodge at Kamalasagar.