For centuries, Tripura, a tiny dot on the map of peninsular India, has languished in idyllic obscurity and self-sustaining contentment. A treasure trove of rich art and culture, Tripura remained and unexplored land cocooned in its hilly serenity, pristine peace and pastoral life till the partition of the country. Before the vivisection of the Indian sub-continent in 1947 time seemed to stand still over this picturesque land of currently 3.5 million people. The momentous partition of the country not only flooded this tiny state with problems but also created opportunities for realising its true potential in all spheres of human activities and, consequently, the state is not what it was in the aftermath of partition. Tripura is truly on the move now on the express highway of development in the true sense of the term and well on course to carving out its niche in the Indian diaspora.

This book presents Tripura and its traditional wealth of culture and art, the state’s rich material and human resource, potential for investment with special focus of the crucial tourism sector. In today’s rapidly globalising world tourism is a revenue-multiplier for countries and their people, sustaining entire economics such as Switzerland in glittering Europe or Maldives in Asian backyard. Tripura, a constituent state of the Indian union, also has a lot to offer to tourists in the form of its well-preserved treasure of history, architecture, archaeology, composite culture and vibrant life. The diversity of the state’s life, culture and creed underpinned by an essential unity provide a fascinating mosaic of peaceful co-existence, a hallmark of civilised existence in an increasingly embattled world. We have attempted to provide a holistic picture on Tripura’s manifest diversities in this book. It is our conviction that the book will serve the interests and inquisitiveness of cross-section of readers including students who care for the state and try to acquire information about it. The authenticity of the data/information presented in the book is beyond question as all of them have been collected and collated with meticulous care from official data/information base of the state government.

Sekhar Datta, Journalist,
Editorial Director


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