ABOUT TRIPURA

The former princely state of Tripura joined the Indian Union in 1947. It is bordered by Bangladesh to the north-west, south and south- east and the Indian states of Mizoram and Assam to the east. Tripura has more hills than plains and it is as green as any other North Eastern States of India.

SIGHTSEEING:

UJJAYANTA PALACE:

This Royal House of Tripura is located in the heart of the capital Agartala. Covering an area of one square km this is a two storied mansion having a mixed architectural style. Built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya during1899- 1901, the palace has magnificent tiled floor, curved wooden ceiling and beautifully crafted doors.

NEERMAHAL:

Located 55 km away from Agartala, Neermahal Palace was constructed as a summer resort for the royals of Tripura in 1930. This stands in the middle of Rudrasagar, a natural lake having an area of 5.35 sq km and is the only lake palace in Eastern India. Built in a combination of white marble and red sand stone this palace has a good combination of Hindu and Mughal architecture which could be noticed on the domes of the palace.

TRIPURA SUNDARI TEMPLE:

Located 55 km from Agartala this temple at Udaipur is one of the 51 Pithas in India as per Hindu mythology. It is said that the right foot of Mata Sati, whose dead body was cut into 51 pieces by Lord Vishnu, fell here. Constructed by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in 1501 A.D, the temple consists of a square type sanctum with a conical dome. Maa Kali is worshipped in her 'Soroshi' form in this temple. There is a lake called Kalyan Sagar in the eastern side of the temple which is an added beauty to the temple.

UNAKOTI:

Located 178 km from Agartala this Shaiva pilgrimage centre has numerous excellent rock cut carvings on steep rocky walls dating back to 8th to 9th centuries. The term 'Unakoti' means one less than a crore( 1 crore is 10 million) and it is said that these many rock cut carvings do exist here. The story of Unakoti is related to Hindu mythology when Lord Shiva cursed one less than a crore gods and goddesses to become stone images for not abiding his instructions and as a result we have one less than a crore stone images and carvings at Unakoti. It is the largest Bas-relief sculpture in India.

JAMPUI HILLS:

The hill station at an altitude of 3000 ft. above sea level is known as the seat of permanent spring. Jampui is at a distance of 250 km from Agartala and with its scenic landscape,pleasant weather,forested hills, orchids, and scores of orange gardens, it is an ideal destination for the tourists. Village tourism is growing here.

WILDLIFE:

Gumti Wildlife Sanctuary

Gumti Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the south-east corner of Tripura. Covering an area is 389.54 sq km, the sanctuary has Elephants, Bison, Sambar, Barking deer, Serow apart from many other animals, reptiles and a host of bird species. The sanctuary boasts of a rich flora and fauna and this is an ideal destination for eco-tourism. Close to the sanctuary, there is a vast water reservoir covering almost 300 sq km of an area. This water reservoir attracts several resident and migratory water birds.

Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary

Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary is located 35 km from Agartala. Covering an area of 18.53 sq km, it is rich in wildlife particularly birds and primates. Sepahijala has abundant stock of flora and fauna. It has 456 plant species of monocotyledon and dicotyledonous. Trees of Sal, Chamal, Garjan and Kanak exist predominantly. The secondary species consist of Pichla, Kurcha, Awla, Bahera, Hargaja, Amlaki, Bamboos and grasses. There are 5 species of primates in this sanctuary. The crab eating Mongoose which was last sighted about 72 years ago in India has been discovered again in this sanctuary. Leaf monkey, a rare species, is abundant here. There are about 150 species of birds in this sanctuary. Wonderful habitat of Sepahijala attracts lots of migratory birds in winter of which lesser whistling teal and white ibis are prominent.

Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary

Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary can be approached either from Belonia in the south or from Sonamura in the northern part of Tripura. Covering an area of 197.7 sq km the Sanctuary was notified in November, 1988. The sanctuary is rich in forest reserve with abundant patches of virgin forest. It is one of the most conserved forest reserves with rich Bio-diversity in the state.

Indian Gaur is the prime attraction of this sanctuary. Apart from it, leaf monkey, hoolock gibbon, capped langur, stump tailed macaque, wild pig, wild cat, leopard, barking deer, sambar etc are found along with a number of birds including pheasants. The dense forest covers 62% of the total area, 18% is covered by degraded forest and the rest 20% is covered by bushy forest. The sanctuary has a number of rivulets, water bodies and grass land. The sanctuary has Tropical Semi Evergreen Forest, East Himalayan lower Bhabar sal, Moist mixed deciduous Forest and Savanah wood land. One species of Bamboo Oxtenanthera Nigrocilliate locally known as Kaillai is found in abundance at this place, leaves of which are liked by the Gaur. This bamboo is said to be endemic. There are 230 nos of tree species, 400 nos of herbs, 110. nos of shrubs and 150 nos of climbers available in the Sanctuary.

 
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