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Tripura - Agartala
Agartala is the most important and well known city in Tripura. The picturesque city is situated at an elevation of 12.8 meters. The homes and buildings in both sides of the roads look really beautiful and different with their fine arts. In most of the homes there are balconies outside. It looks like the same balcony both sides of the road if it is seen from a long distance. The palace of the kings is located in central Agartala.
The historical palace, situated at a distance of 10 km from the city, was eradicated due to the earthquake in 1897 and the new palace is built in the city casing an area of 1 square km. The architectural excellence and superiority of the palace is marvelous. The king Radha Kishore Bahadur followed the Greek architecture and built the palace spending as much as 10, 00000 rupees. Daru architecture on the selling of the palace makes the palace even more astounding. Two reservoirs and orchards of the palace are the allurements of the palace premise. Temples of Lakhi-Narayan, Uma-Maheshwar, Kali Devi and Jagannath are also there. Travelers like to take pleasure in the imposing edifice of these temples. The musical fountain in the premise attracts a large number of tourists. Legislative Assembly of Tripura has started its work in the palace in 1972. So, all the places of the palace are not anymore open for general people.
Maharaja Vir Vikram college:
Don’t forget to visit the college campus which looks really astonishing and wonderful with hills, ponds, jungle and stadium all around. The college is situated at a distance of 3 km towards the eastern side of the city. The beautiful campus was built by the king Vir Vikram and was inaugurated by Kanchanprabha Devi in 1947. The college is also famous for its architectural elegance. The college has a huge collection of books and equipments in its library and laboratory respectively. The Lake amidst the natural surroundings in the college campus is amazing.
14th Deity Temple:
Although the temple of 14 deities and neighboring palace, about 6 km away from the city, are in ruins but you should enjoy the spirituality and tranquility of the adjoining places. The utsav that takes place here is widely known festival of Tripura. It is believed that 14 deities of tribal communities come from far away to this temple. According to this ancient convention and belief the name of the temple is given as “14th deity temple”. The main temple depicts Bengal architectural sculptures and the Buddhist cultural touches are also evident on the walls of the temple. Shiva and Buddha are worshipped all through out the year by the devotees. The idol is built by blending eight metals. Festivals are almost a daily routine in Tripura. The state is also known as “the country of 14 deities”.
For spending a quality time in the serene and beautiful place called Kunjaban, the king Radha Kishore had built Malancha in 1909. In 1919 the great writer Rabindra Nath Tagore had spent some days in Malancha. Apart from Malancha, there was another palace which was built by the king Birendra kishore Manikya Bahadur. Rabindra Nath Tagore stayed here in 1926 for the last time in his life. Buddha temple, Benuban vihar, Netaji subhsh High School, CHoumuhani museum, market and Battala markets are the other coveted destinations of Tripura. Tripura is situated adjacent to Bangladesh. So, take a walk to the border area and see Bangladesh standing at the border of India and Bangladesh.
The land of Sipahijala was gifted to one of the soldiers by the king Vir Vikram previously. According to that the name of the land is Sipahijola (Sipahi means soldier), a place covering 18.53 square km of land, situated at a distance of 24 km from the city. The land is hidden in the beautiful natural settings. Orchid gardens, artificial Lake, Wild Life Sanctuary, Zoological garden and Botanical garden are the interesting and attractive places of Sipahijola. Apart from beer, monkeys, and nilgai there are 53 species of mammals in Sipahizola. It’s a heaven for bird watchers. Bird observers can watch 150 types of native and migratory birds. Elephants and toy train are the additional attractions of the site. Yachting on the Sipahijala Lake is a pleasing and riveting experience. The adjoining deer park will amuse children. The rubber gardens on both sides of the road will free you from the tiredness of your journey. Sipahijala is famous in Tripura for Black Pepper. Picnic and outing lovers can come and enjoy the place. It takes only one hour to reach Sipahijala from the main city.
You can hire a car or an auto to go to Sipahijala. You can also avail city bus service from Battala and get down at Vishalgarh. Hire a rickshaw or an auto to go to Sipahijala from Vishagarh.
Abasarika Forest Lodge, adjacent to the Lake, is the only option for a night stay.
Udaipur is situated at a distance of 52 km from Agartala. Udai Manikya had built the city of Udaipur which was previously known as Rangamati. The town has a lot of ponds and temples around. Udaipur is also known and acknowledged as the temple town. You can observe the ruins of a lot of temples in Udaipur. Shiva, Durga, and Vishnu are the Hindu deities who are residing in the various temples of the town.
The temple is situated at a distance of 5 km from Udaipur. It is positioned on a small tila. The state has got its name according to the name of the deity of this temple. The city of Udaipur looks even more beautiful with 6 big ponds in its territory. One of the 51 pithas of Hindu community was built by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in 1501 A.D. The height of the temple is 75 feet and on top of it there is a shrine. The temple was in ruins but the Government had decided to restructure the temple to maintain the fine arts and tradition of the ancient temple. The Kali devi is the main deity of the temple. The main deity is 5 feet tall and the height of the smaller idol is 2 feet. A big fair that takes place on the auspicious occasion of Diwali has become an important part of the culture. The adjoining Lake called Kalyan Sagar is a supplementary attraction for the pilgrims.
A lot of buses are going to Udaipur regularly from Agartala. You can either avail these bus services or you can also avail conducted package tours to the temple.
Gouri Hotel, Joy Govinda Hotel, Gunabati Yatri Niwas and Peratia Forest Rest House are some of the noted places where you can stay overnight.
There is another temple called Bubaneshwari temple, located at a distance of 3 km from Udaipur, at the southern banks of the Gomati River, built by the king Krishna Manikya. Tourists can go there and watch the ruins of the temple. The palace of the contemporary king is also located near to the temple. There are many more temples situated at the southern side of the palace. Vishnu temple, Gunabati temple, Shiva temple, temple of 14 deities and mausoleum of pir baba are also some interesting and appealing destinations. The ruins of Mug Hal mosque still depict the old civilization and custom.
The Nirmahal palace, covering an area of 5.3 square km, located on an isolated island of Rudrasagar Lake, depicts the beautiful blending of Hindu and Mug Hal architectural modishness. Martin & Burn took almost 9 years to complete the entire palace and its aesthetical swank. The king vir Vikram Kishore used the “palace of water” for amusements and delectation. The water around the palace offers tourists a nice and pleasing view of the surrounding environment. Previously boats used to go inside the palace directly. The vista of the sunset from the palace is awesome. Bird watchers can also enjoy the singing of different colorful birds inside the palace. But the sad part is that the palace has lost its charm and richness due to the carelessness and negligence of common people and the Government. The Lake has also lost its magic. Recently the initiative to embellish the palace with lights in every evening is appreciable. The reflection of these lights on the surface of the Lake water is eye catching. The Lake has got the status of 13th national Lake lately.
Buses are coming to the place from Agartala, Udaipur and Sonamura regularly.
Sagarmahal Tourist Lodge in the beautiful environment is the one and only hotel where you can stay for a night.
One of the most important tourist destinations, Dambur falls, breaks the serenity of the gorge. The falls coming down from higher up is meeting the River Gomati. The scenic beauty around the winding roads leading to the falls is simply out of the world. Tirthamukh, the source of the River Gomati, about 7 km from the falls, is surrounded by high and green hills. On poush sankranti (the last day of Poush-a month of Bengali calendar), the festival of tribal called Tarchi can also be enjoyed. According to the Hindu mythology there is a footprint of Vishnu on the fair premise.
Dambur Lake is situated in Mandirghat, at a distance of 3 km from Tirthamukh. Take a boat and visit Narkelgunj of Dambur Lake.
Hire a car and com10:04 AM 6/8/2011plete the entire tour of Sipahijala, Udaipur, Dambur and Nirmahal on the same day. It will cost you 650 rupees if you hire a taxi.
The first Hydel Power Project of Tripura is also located here, about 111 km off Agartala, on the River Gomati. The artificial Lake spreading over an area of 41 square km and 48 islands on the Lake are the imperative allurements of Dambur. A large number of migratory birds come to Dambur Lake to witness the ever green sight of the sunset. The reflection of the sun light on the blue water of the Lake looks really fascinating. Enjoy a trip on a yacht from one side to the other side of the Lake in moonlit.
Visit the cafeteria in Narikel Kunj Island for some refreshments. You can stay here for a night in Jatanbari.
The most important and foremost destination of Gomati is Gomati sanctuary covering an area of 389.54 square km. Bison, Boars etc are the natural habitants of the Gomati sanctuary.
Amarpur, the well known historical site, can be reached by bus from Udaipur. You can see the reminiscences of the old fort, Chandi temple, and king’s palace. Amarsagar and Fhatiksagar, two big ponds are the other attractions of Amarpur.
Jatanbari is just 22 km away from Amarpur. Raima Tourist Lodge and Inspection Bungalow are the notable hotels where you can stay for a day or two in Jatanbari.
A lot of Hindu and Buddhist architectures have been found in Pilak, situated at a distance of 61 km from Udaipur and 113 km from Agartala. East and west Pilak have a lot of old Hindu and Buddhist archeological fine arts. Precious temples depicting terra cotta architecture, Shiva temple built with a rare stone, idols of Nrisinghadeb, Mahishamardini, Ganesh, Abalokiteshwar and ancient coins were found but most of these are loosing its charm and magnetism very fast. The largest idol of sun (10*5 and ½) was found in Pilak. Architectural sculptures depicting Aracan and Burmese culture were also excavated. A number of excavated items found in Pilak are kept in Tripura museum.
Pilak Pantha Niwas, Belonia DB and PWD IB are the hotels where you can stay in Pilak.
Another place which you should not miss out is Khawai. Avail a bus from Agartala and visit Khawai.
Kasba previously was known as Kailagarh or Kamalasagar. Kamalasagar is a big pond which was excavated by the queen Kamaladevi. At the times of independence a part of the pond went into the terrain of Bangladesh. The Mahismardini deity is worshiped as Kali deity in the temple, located atop the tila, at the banks of the pond. The Shivalingam, at the opposite side of the temple, also has an immense important to the devotees of the neighboring places.
It takes only one hour to go to the temple, situated at a distance of 28 km towards the southern side of the city.
You can try the nearby Camellia View Tourist Lodge for a night stay, located at the top of an adjacent tila.
It is not only the scenic beauty of the place; you can also enjoy the way to Brahmakunda through the green rug of tea precincts. Brahmakunda is special to the followers of Shiva for the divinity of the Shiva temple. If you come during the month of April and November then you are lucky to be a part of the festival of Brahmakunda. But there is no hotel where you can stay overnight.
Trishna wild life sanctuary:
About 95 km off Agartala, covering an area of 190.7 square km, the Trishna sanctuary is unique and well known for the monkeys. The sanctuary has a huge variety of monkeys like Chasma (spectacle) monkey, Sonali (golden) monkey, lajjabati (shy) monkey, guha (cave) monkey, and assamia (assumes) monkey etc.
Forest guest house & revenue guest house and Van mahal are two notable places where you can stay for a night.
Enjoy the town of fine arts, about 85 km off Agartala. The town looks like a picture on the canvas with 48 small islands at the banks of the Gomati River. The small hills around the islands are decorated with the idols of primeval deities and mythological stories. The imperative attraction of the place is a forty feet tall canvas of Shiva-Buddha-Narasingha deities. Take a walk for few minutes and you will hit 37 architectural sculptures garnished in 3 parallel rows. The diversities in the aesthetics of the deities of Devatamura are eye catching. The priceless ancient architectural examples are in ruins now but repair works are in progress. Enthusiasts who want to enjoy the every bit of this trip should stay in Amarpur or Udaipur for a night. Due to the anti social activities, Dambur and Devatamura have lost their glory and charm.
Some private hotels in Udaipur and Duk Bungalow in Amarpur are places where you can stay.
It’s located in an unexplored and uncultivated part of north-southern part of Tripura. Don’t miss out to enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding hilly milieu when you travel to Assam from Unkoti through the twisted and beautiful national highway.
It is one of the pilgrimage spots of the deity kali. Idols are bedecked and ornamented on the hills of Unkoti. Chambul was the earlier name of Unkoti. The fine arts depicting the customs of Hindu and Buddhist in the middle of the natural environs of Shal, and Deodar woods are well known to the Shiva followers. The biggest byes relief architecture of 30 feet tall face of Kalbhairav-Basudev will engross you. Apart from the different forms of Shiva idols and Kalbhairav-Basudev, there are numerous idols adorning the hills.
A lot of idols made of stones were also found in the adjoining areas. Take a bath in the wild streams coming down from the hills. On the propitious occasion of the last day of the Poush (A month of Bengali calendar), devotees use to come from far away places to witness the theology. Don’t forget to touch the water of the neighboring hot spring. The fair which takes place in springs attract a large number of tourists. Watch the three feet high four faced Shiva idol amidst the opaque forest. Listen to the chirping of the birds quietly. Arguably, Unkoti is the Shiva pilgrimage spot of Paul Empire. Earthquake in 1897 and 1950 had destroyed a lot of singular and distinctive architectural excellences.
Unakoti Turist Lodge is the only option for the tourists to stay overnight. Tripureshwari Hotel, Shova Hotel and Sri Durga hotels are some noteworthy hotels in nearby Kailashahar.
Jampui pahar or Jampui hill, located at a distance of 250 km away from Agartala, at an elevation of 3000 feet, is a place which is popular for its temperate weather. Jamui pahar has 6 different hills in its territory. Lusai are the main inhabitants of Jamui pahar. People of Lusai community are Christians and they pursue the western culture. Jampui is even more beautiful in winters with beautiful natural locale, unique Lusai customs, and affluent orchids. The lash green nature and songs of Lusai will force you to come back here time and again to enjoy the magic. Due to the dearth of solemn interests and initiative this fascinating destination is still in darkness.
There are not many good hotels in Jampui pahar. Eden Tourist Lodge and some ordinary hotels have come up here.
The sunrise from Eden tourist lodge and both sunrise and sunset from Bhangmoon Helipad are simply mind blowing. You can also get the pleasure in the bird’s eye view of Mizoram from Bhangmoon.
In the northern side of Jampui there is a petite town called Fuldungsai or the land of tall grass. A beautiful tract is going to Mizoram from jampui pahar. Bangladesh border is also there in Betling-sai. You can observe the striking Chattagram pahar (hill) from Betling-sai. Betling Shiva is worshiped in the green hills of Betling-sai.
Hotel Mandira, Hotel A.K, Hotel Unikoti, and Hotel Sun are the renowned hotels in Dharmanagar, about 2 km away from Jampui pahar.
Ardent and interested tourist can also visit Silchar and Lamding from Agartala by bus.
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