The refreshing mountain air, the whispering pines, the babbling streams, the hospitable atmosphere is all one can find in Tripura, away from the smog, sweat and the monotonous hustle and bustle of city life. Nature here is in all its glory with limpid lakes, expansive rivers, unpolluted rushing streams, breaking into waterfalls, twisting and turning and finally disappearing in the jungle. These bewildering natural features – await exploration by inquisitive dauntless tourists, which will indeed be a rewarding Odyssey. Come and discover the "miracles of nature" and visit a list of places of interest over here.

Agatala

Agartala is the Capital of Tripura. It became the Capital of the state during the reign of Maharaja Krishna Kishore Manikya (1830-50) and has remained as a headquarters’ since then. A few places of interest in and around the town are –

Ujjayanta Palace

This is a beautiful, well-balanced royal palace, construction of which started in 1899 and was completed in 1901 for an amount of Rs.10 lakhs only. Located in the heart of town, with an area of about half a square mile, this royal palace stands as a two storied building having a mixed architecture with three domes, the central one being elevated to a height of about 86 feet. There are two large tanks on either side with a pavement in between, while the alluring gardens around the palace with watercourses and fountains designed on the Mughal style have further ameliorated its beauty. The major block of the palace covering 80 acres, consists of the halls like the Throne Room, the Durbar Hall, Library, study and the Reception Halls etc., which are furnished with antique arts etc. Displayed in the different rooms are a few old manuscripts, books, artistic handicrafts, musical instruments, and some old armoires like the historical sword presented to Govind Manikya by Sultan Shiya. Recently, few more blocks like the ‘Shvet Mahal’ used as guesthouse; the Banquet Hall, Lal Mahal etc. have been constructed.

The royal palace is now under the control of the state government, which now houses the Legislative Assembly, besides a few other government offices.

Kunjaban Palace

Kunjaban Palace is a picturesque hillock towards the north, within a mile of the Ujjayanta Palace. It was built by Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya (1909-23), who being a good artist drafted the plan of the palace and the adjoining gardens, himself. The spot is ideally suited for relaxation and recreation. The Maharajas and their guests used to spend their leisure hours here. Even Rabindra Nath Tagore, the great poet during his seventh and last visit to Agartala in 1926 is said to have halted in the eastern apartment of this royal palace. The eastern part gives a beautiful view of the Baramura Hills located on the eastern horizon from the round verandah attached to the eastern part. The palace is under the control of the state government and is now used as the official residence of the governor of the state.

Nir Mahal situated at a distance of about 53-km from Agartala offers a pleasant beauty spot. The palace is so called, as it is surrounded on all sides by a big lake called "Rudra Sagar". The lake with gradually undulating grounds in by lush greens has a charming winding walk-a-way in the midst of rolling flowerbeds. The scenic beauty of the lake had attracted Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya (1927-47) so much that; he built a spectacular palace at the centre of the lake and named it as "Nir Mahal" literally meaning "palace in water". Although, the palatial building at present is in a dilapidated condition, but the lake and the surrounding greenery served as an important tourist spot. The place looks even more captivating on a moon lit night. The vast stretch of the lake provides an ideal opportunity for sport and rowing.

Thus, surcharged with nature’s pristine glory, Tripura lies on a melting pot of culture as the world’s most peaceful beauty spot. This is a little cornered veritable paradise on earth where Mother Nature has been extra-generous in her bounty. A visit to this state will remain always a memorable journey, - a place which is a treasure trove of Mother Nature, all to see in its natural form.

Jagannath Temple

This peculiar structured temple located very close to the ‘Kunjaban Palace’ is the centre of attraction to not only the Hindus, but also other tourists. At the base of the temple, the shape is Octagonal, and has excellent "Pradakshinapatha" round the sanctum. A square pyramidal cone rising above a multi foil niche, which comes up to, the level terrace crowns every pillar of the Octagon. The "Sikhara" is a steeped octagonal pyramid rising in four storeys above the vertical portion over the terrace. A construction of like this would perhaps remind us of a snowy Himalayan origin.

Among the places of interest in and around Agartala, mention may be made of the Maharaja Bir Bikram College Campus, the government museum, the Craft Teacher’s Training Institute, and the Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan.

 

Chaturdasa Devata Mandir at Old Agartala

This temple popularly known as “Chaudda Devata Mandir" i.e. "temple of 14 Gods" is situated at a distance of about 8km from Agartala town. The fourteen Godheads identified with Siva, Durga, Hari or Vishnu, Ma or Lakshmi, Vani or Saraswati, Kumar or Kartikeya, Ganapa or Ganesha Brahma, Kshma or Prithivi, Abdhi or Samudra, Ganga, Sikhi or Agni, Kamdeva and Himadri. They are regarded as the presiding deities by the local people and worshipped. Thousands of people visit the temple, every year during the occasion of festivals like the 'Kharchi Puja', which usually falls in the month of June-July. Old or Puran Agartala was the capital of Tripura since the time of Maharaja Krishna Manikya (1760-83). Therefore still evident are the ruins of the old palace of the ‘rajas’ and ‘mathas’ erected on the pyres of the members of the royal family.

Unnakoti Tirtha is a holy shrine in the hilly part in the midst of lush green and unending spell of luxuriant green vegetation. It is situated at a distance of 177 km from Agartala and about 5 miles from Kailasahar sub-divisional head quarter of the state. The hill track is very popular for the numerous rockcut images carved on the either side of it. The rock-cut images depict the Central Shiva head and the gigantic Ganesha figures. The central Shiva head known as "Unnakotisvara Kal Bhairava" is about 30 feet high including the embroidered headdress, which is about 10 feet in height.

Half buried in the ground are three enormous images of a bull. On each side of the headdress of the Central Shiva, there are full sized figures of ‘Durga’ standing on a lion and of another female carved on the rocky wall. Another images known for its excellent architecture are the two "Chaturmukha" on the bank of the stream and "Trimukhalinga" at some height on the hill. At the pinnacle of the hill are found images of deities like Vishnu, Panchamukha, Ravana, Hara-Gouri, Narasingh, seated Ganesha, Hanuman etc. These images are believed by archaeologist to be dated back earlier than 11-12 centuries.

A big fair known as "Ashokastami Mela" is held in Unnakoti everywhere sometime in the spring season. People in exodus visit this sacred place in Eastern India to offer their prayers.

 

Tripura Sundari Temple also called "Matabari" in Udaipur is considered as one of the most beautiful and pristine places to visit. The centre of attraction is the square-shaped sanctum exemplifying the typical Bengali hut-type shape about which rises a conical dome with a continuous series of low niches at the base, simulating lotus leaves.

On this rises the "Amalaka" which has been further elongated to give rise to the shape of a cone. It was built in 1501 AD by Maharaja Dharya Manikya and renovated from time to time during the reign of other rulers. A very big ‘fair’ is held at this place on the occasion of Diwali, which then becomes a gathering place from every nook and corner of the state.

In and around Udaipur down are also found ruins of a few temples, which were probably constructed during the 16th and 17th centuries. Places of interest here are, Jagannath temple, Bhubaneshwari temple, Gunavati temple, Dutiya group of temples as well as the beautiful palace of King Govinda Manikya (1660-75 AD)

On the southwest bank of Jagannath tank and in the heart of the town, lie the ruins of Jagannath temples, a very rare specimen of temple architecture in Tripura.

On the right banks of the river Gomati are found the ruins of Govinda Manikya’s palace as well as the Bhubaneswari temple, both built by him only. Also on the eastern part of the town of Udaipur lies the fascinating ruins of Gunavati temple named after the wife of King Govinda Manikya’s queen Gunavati. Most of these enigmatic ruins attract the interest and attention of the tourists.

Other Places of interest

Jampui Hill is well known for its salubrious climate and enchanting lands cape. This hill range stands as the natural boundary between the two adjoining states of Tripura and Mizoram. To its north, lies Sylhet (in Bangladesh) and to the south the Langten range of Chittagong (also in Bangladesh). It has the highest peak "Belting Sib" and is encircled by thick green undulations.

The inhabitants here are the ‘Mizo's’ settled in about 10 villages, which are built up at different heights on the hill. The Mizo's are Christians by religion, and known to be graceful, hospitable and substantially educated. A very good quality of oranges is grown here.

This place of veritable tourist attraction with the majestic landscape of the area is simply ineffable. The famous "bamboo dance" of the Mizo is another piece of attraction to add color and vigor to the serene atmosphere of the hill tract.

Pachartal

Located at a distance of about 128 kms away from Agartala town on the Assam-Agartala road is ‘Pacharthal’. This place has developed as an important local market for jute products as well as quality Jampui Oranges. Another notable feast for the eyes is the giant brass image of Lord Buddha in sitting posture.

Tirthamukha is the source of river "Gomati" near the Dumbur falls, which is considered as the most sacred river by the tribals. Numerous pilgrims, for a holy dip visit this place situated at a distance of 117 kms from Agartala on the auspicious occasion of "Uttarayan Sankranti". A fair is also held, where the tribal people make annual purchases.

Recently, a hydroelectric power generating station has also been set up.