Agartala: Despite being a small state with an area of just 10,491 sq km and sharing international border with Bangladesh to the west, north and the south, Tripura is rich in culture and heritage.
The best way to reach Tripura is either by flight to the Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport in Agartala, by train to the Agartala railway station or by bus from Guwahati in Assam.
Udaipur, located in Tripura’s Gomati district, is famous for its beautiful lakes and temples that are over 500 years old. One such is the Tripureshwari Temple.
Bhubaneshwari Temple built, on the banks of river Gomati, is another temple worth mentioning. Built by Maharaja Govinda Manikya, the beautiful temple is perched upon a three-foot elevated porch. Flower-patterned motifs adorn the pillars and the stupas.
Unakoti means one less than a crore. It is located 8 km from Kailasahar in Unakoti district of Tripura. It is a 136-km drive from Agartala and can be reached from Agartala via car or train from Agartala railway station till Kumarghat station and then by car till the site.
The famous site is recognised by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) due to the beautiful stone carvings and sculptures that date back to the 8th century.
The monument, also called the ‘lake palace’ of eastern India, was built by Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur in 1939. It is surrounded by over 2,100 acres of water.
The government of Tripura has introduced speed boats and special light shows for the tourists to attract them in more numbers to this summer palace of the Manakya dynasty.
Jampui Hill is a small and the only recognised hill station of the state at a height of about 800 ft from the sea level in the North Tripura district of Tripura.
The population living in the area consists mostly the Mizo people being close to the state of Mizoram.
The sunrise and the sunset on the hill are a delight to watch. The weather and fresh air that one gets here force them to mark the spot for another trip. The orange garden and rich culture of the villagers also make one fully satisfied.
Also known as Tripura’s Mawlynnong for being the cleanest village, Vanghmun is situated at an altitude of 800 mt and has a population of 1,512 in about 253 families. Interestingly, locals — as young as eight years and as old as 80 years — come together every Saturday and Sunday to voluntarily clean the entire village.
The Ujjayanta Palace, currently also known as the state museum, was constructed between 1899 and 1901 by the erstwhile King of Tripura, Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya. It was named as Ujjayanta Palace by Rabindranath Tagore.
People visiting the state capital make sure that they don’t miss out on visiting the palace.
Domboor Lake’s Narkel Kunja
The Domboor Lake formed by the Raima and Saima rivers in the Gomati district of Tripura is a must-visit. The lake has over 48 islands within 45 sq km. The place also witnesses a large number of devotees from across the state on January 14 every year during ‘Pous Sankranti Mela’.