NE/31: 07 days Tripura Experience

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The tiny state of Tripura, is the second smallest state of India. It is almost surrounded by Bangladesh, with a circuitous land link with India through Assam and Mizoram. Tripura was ruled for centuries by its own kings. The origins of the kingdom, is shrouded in the myths and chronicles of the Kings of Tripura, spanning Hindu mythologies and Tripuri folklores. In the 7 th century the Tripuri kings ruled from Kailashahar in North Tripura In the 14 th Century, the capital was shifted to Udaipur in South Tripura. This was their most glorious period and the power and fame of the Tripura rulers was even acknowledged by the Mughals, who were their contemporaries in North India. In 1871, after the British defeated the Mughals, the maharaja continued to rule the state under the tutelage of the British Rule. After India’s independence, the princely state of Tripura was merged with the Union of India in 1949. Tripura became a Union Territory on 1 July 1963 and attained the status of a full-fledged state on 21 January 1972.

    

Located in the lap of nature with 60 % forest cover, Tripura is tranquil and pollution free. Tripura has several diverse ethno-linguistic groups, which has given rise to a composite culture. The dominant cultures are Bengali, Manipuri, Tripuris, Reang, Noatia, Koloi, Murasing, Chakma, Halam,Garo, Kuki, Mizo, Mugh, munda, Oraon, Santhal and Uchoi.

Tripura’s lush green hills, bio diverse flora and fauna, verdant valleys, scenic lakes, rich handicrafts, traditional music, temples, archaeological remains, and exquisite sculpture constitute its irresistible charm as a tourist destination.

Tripura is isolated from the rest of the country due to its geographical location. Most people travel by air air from Kolkata ( 5 flights per day) Guwahati ( 2 flights per day), Imphal ( 3 flights per week). The National Highway (NH)-44 connects Agartala with Silchar, Shillong, Guwahati, and Imphal and NH 44 A provides the connection to Mizoram. The construction of a meter gauge railway line from Agartala in Assam is also in progress.

The climate of Tripura is of tropical monsoon type, with high humidity. The best time to travel is in the winter from from November to February.

The main attractions of Tripura are:-

Ujjayanta Palace- built in 1899. A magnificent tiled floor, curved wooden ceiling and beautifully crafted doors are particularly notable. The palace is set in huge Mughal style gardens,. Flood lighting and fountains have also added to its beauty.

The State Museum preserves some rare images, epigraphs numismatic evidence which throw light on the glorious past of Tripura and some of the adjoining States. The sculptures are mostly dated back to 9th to 13th century.

Purbasa Handicraft Centre: Tripura is noted for its exquisite and beautiful bamboo, cane and wooden handicrafts and weaving skills. Visitors can watch the craft persons at work and do some shopping.

Kamalasagar- A vast lake on the edge of the border with Bangladesh was excavated by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in 15th century. A Kali temple located nearby dates back to 16th century.

Tripura Sundari temple, dating to 1501, is one of the 51 holiest ‘Shaktipeeths’ (Shrine of the goddess of power ) in India as per Hindu mythology. The famous Kalayan Sagar Lake lies close by.

Rudrasagar lake,and NeerMahal lake palace, located in the middle of the lake. The Palace is a picturesque fairy-tale royal mansion located in the middle of the Rudrasagar Lake. Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya built the palace in 1930 as his summer residence being inspired by Mughal Style of architecture. The lake is home to a large number of migratory birds every winter.

Sepahijala wildlife sanctuary encompasses an area of 18.532 km. More than 150 species of residential birds, migratory birds, orchid garden, boating facilities, wild life, botanical garden, zoo, elephant joy-rides, rubber and coffee plantations are on view. The rare spectacled monkey can be seen.

Tepania Eco Park: is set amidst a nature ambience in an area of 155 hectors. The Eco-Park has orchidarium, cactus house, tree house, Hanging Bridge watch tower., The range of bio diversity on view is fascinating. It is also home for the Capped Languor, red jungle fowl, hares and more.

Unakoti, believed to date back to the 8th century is home to an ancient Shaivite place of worship with huge rock-cut images and stone idols of Lord Shiva. On the hilly terrain many idols of gods and goddess are lying scattered. At the main peak there are idols of Uma-Maheshwar, five-faced Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesha, Hanuman and Ravana. Among the carved-out images on the rocky fringes those of Ganesha and Shiva are prominent. This image of Shiva as Lord of Unakoti (Unakotiswar) is famous as Kal-Bhairava. Goddess Durga is also carved on the side of the hill. The four-faced idol of Unakoti is famous; even though the fourth face was damaged long back.

As a place of archaeological wonder; Unakoti is unparalleled. One wonders who those people were and at what spell of time did they chisel out such wonderful idols from the rocks . Unrecorded in history, a mystery surrounds Unakoti which fascinates visitors. While the rock carvings, murals with their primitive beauty form the chief attraction, natural beauty including mountain scenery and waterfalls are an added bonus.

The Jampui Hills are the highest hill range in Tripura at an elevation of 1000 m. It borders Mizoram and the people are ethnically Mizo, and Reangs. The natural beauty, the pleasant weather, various species of trees, orchids and orange gardens, hospitable people and rich cultural heritage are the main attractions. The views of rising and setting sun are sights to remember. Soft trekking is available The main occupation of the villagers is orange cultivation.

TOUR DETAILS

Fly in and out of Tripura from Kolkata, Guwahati or Imphal, to take this comprehensive car tour of Tripura.Experience the sights of the state capital, Agartala, Explore the handicraft bazaar, Visit Kamala Sagar, Kalyan Sagar and Rudrasagar lakes. Explore nature at Sepahijala Wild Life Park, Tepania, Khumlwng and Baramura Eco Parks. Visit the Tripura Sundri and other temples around Udaipur , and take a drive to the the fascinating rock cut images at Unakoti Hill.

Finally visit the scenic Jampui Hills and explore tribal culture of the Mizos and Reang tribes.

ITENERIES

Day 01: Arrive Agratala Local Tour

Arrive Agratala, by air from Kolkata, Guwahati or Imphal. Met by Car+ driver + guide Transfer to hotel.The Municipal Administration in Agartala was established in 1874 A.D by the then Maharaja Bir Bikra Manikya Bahadur in 1940s. This erstwhile Princely State Capital of Tripura merged with India on 15th October 1949. The city has become the nerve center of all political, administrative, cultural and commercial activities of the state.

The climate of Agartala is of tropical monsoon type, with high humidity. The average annual rainfall is around 220 centimeters (cm). The average no of rainy days is 100 days. The temperature varies from 4.2°C to 37.6°C on the average. The best time to travel is in the winter from from November to February.In November Temperature range: 14-28°C.

Time permitting take a local tour visiting Ujjayanta Palace, the State Museumand the Purbasa Handicraft Centre. Visitors can watch the craft persons at work and do some shopping. For local weaves, browse through the stalls on Akhaura Road in Agartala. You can pick up great bamboo mats and baskets, even silk place mats. Shankar on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Road in Agartala specialises in Bengali food with a Tripuri twist.

Try ala paturi, a fish delicacy prepared by marinating fresh fish in mustard and wrapping it in banana leaves before it is steamed.
Overnight at your Hotel.

Day 02: Agartala- Kamala Sagar- Udaipur- Rudrasagar Lake

Drive 35 Kms in 45 minutes to Kamalasagar- A vast lake on the edge of the border with Bangladesh was excavated by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in 15th century. A Kaliu temple located ther dates back to 16th century.Continue to Udaipur 49 Kms in one hour .

Udaipur is also known as “lake city” and has many beautiful lakes. Some of them are Jagannath dighi, Amar sagar and, Kalyan sagarUdaipur is dotted with temples Tripura Sundari temple, dating to 1501.This temple is one of the 51 holiest ‘Shaktipeeths’ (Shrine of the goddess of power ).

The famous Kalayan Sagar Lake lies close by. Bhubaneshwari Temple is another well known temple . We will visit the Tripura Sundar1 Temple and Kalayan Sagar Lake. To end the day drive another 22 Kms in 30 mins, to Melaghar to visit Rudrasagar lake, which has the Lake Palace of Tripura, located in the middle of the lake., named Neermahal. Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya built the palace in 1930 as his summer residence being inspired by Mughal Style of architecture.
The lake is home to a large number of migratory birds every winter.
Overnight at Sagar Mahal Tourist lodge.

Day 03: Rudrasagar- Sepahijala Wild life Sanctuary- Tepania Eco Park- Agartala

Visit Sepahijala Wild Life Sanctuary and Tepania Eco Park enroute from Melaghar to Agratala.Sepahijala wildlife sanctuary. More than 150 species of residential birds, migratory birds, orchid garden, boating facilities, wild life, botanical garden, zoo, elephant joy-rides, rubber and coffee plantations are on view.

The rare spectacled monkey can be seen. Tepania Eco Park: Tepania Eco Park has orchidarium, cactus house, tree house, Hanging Bridge, watch tower It is home to the Capped Languor, red jungle fowl, hares and more. Return to Agartala to explore the town and overnight at your hotel.

Day 04: Agartala – Khumlwng eco Park-Baramura Eco Park – Unakoti- Kailashahar

Drive Agartala to Unakoti 174 Kms in about 3 hrs. Enroute stop over at Khumulwng Eco Park and Baramura EcoParkKhumlwng means valley of flowers.

The park has a very spacious garden along with a natural water body with boating facilities.The Baramura Eco Park is completely covered by forests and different types of trees, flowers, and orchids.

The focus of todays visit is Unakoti hill; which is home to an ancient Shaivite place of worship with huge rock-cut images and stone idols of Lord Shiva. On the hilly terrain many idols of gods and goddess are lying scattered. According to the archaeological department, the Shiva idols of Unakoti date back to the 8th or 9th century. As a place of archaeological wonder; Unakoti is unparalleled. Unrecorded in history, a mystery surrounds Unakoti which fascinates visitors.

While the rock carvings, murals with their primitive beauty form the chief attraction, natural beauty including mountain scenery and waterfalls are an added bonus.To end todays fascinating drive, we will head for the tourist lodge located 8 Kms away at Kialashahar for overnight.

Day 05: Kialashahar – Vangmun (Jampui Hills)

Drive From Kialashahar to Vangmun, via Kumarghat 95 Kms in 02 hrs.The Jampui is the highest hill range in Tripura. It borders Mizoram and the people are ethnically Mizos. The natural beauty, the pleasant weather, various species of trees, orchids and orange gardens, hospitable people and rich cultural heritage are the main attractions.

The views of rising and setting sun are sights to remember. The hill range has 11 villages inhabited by Mizo (Lushai tribes) and Reang tribes. The main occupation of the villagers is orange cultivation.
Overnight at Eden Tourist Lodge.

Day 06: Vangmun (Jampui Hills)

Explore Lushai and Reang tribal villages in Jampui Hills. Drive up to the Betlingchip watch tower on the Jampui Hills. At 1055 m, it offers a paroramic view of the dramatic sweep of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, the Kanchanpur-Dasda valley and the other hill ranges of Tripura and Mizoram You can also do a soft trek.
Overnight at Eden Tourist Lodge.

Day 07: Vangmun- Agratala Airport

Vangmun- Agratala Airport.

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