Surrounded by the picturesque hills and situated amidst lush green vegetation, Dumboor Lake is a perfect holiday destination in Tripura. Because of its exceedingly charming beauty, this lake piques the interest of the tourists and hence, holds a great appealing factor. The lake looks like a tabor shaped small drum ‘Dumboor’ of Lord Shiva, and hence, the lake has been named so. The lake is the confluence of river Saima and Sarma. Occupying an area of 41 sq. km, this lake has 48 islands. These islands are home to numerous species of birds of all shapes and colors.
The lake is a visual treat to the eyes because of its scenic beauty and the plethora of birds and fishes in the vicinity. Photographers visiting this lake can spend hours behind the lens and capture some breathtaking pictures of the lake and its beauty.
Boating is one of the main attractions. Other water sports facilities are also available.
During the winter, a variety of migratory birds species visit the lake, making it a wetland habitat.
This lake has a rich reservoir of natural as well as, cultured fishes.
Tourists can visit Narkel Kunja, which has been developed in one of the islands of the lake.
There is a hydel project near the lake, from where river Gomati, Tripura’s main river, originates. This place is called Tirthamukh, from where water sloshes down incessantly.
Tirthamukh Pilgrim Centre is also situated near the lake.
The Heritage Park was established by the Tripura Government in the core of the capital city. This Park is an amazing foundation, launched in the year 2012 by the Tripura Chief Minister. The passageway of the Park is an awesome bit of architecture that pleasingly blends the workmanship and culture of both tribal and non-tribal areas of Tripura’s history to exhibit a special section of craftsmanship brilliance. The greenery enclosure is intricately manicured and etched by the designers of the landscape. The park is encompassed by a 1.1 km long park pathway that associates the three areas of the Heritage Park, they are - The Natural Forest, The Medicinal Plant Table Top, and The Mini Tripura.
The fundamental fascination of the park is that it offers the voyagers every single kind of insights to Tripura at a solitary spot. All the colors, charms, and marvels of Tripura are exhibited to the sightseers in some format or the other – in the little forms of the miracles of Tripura specifically, the stone relics of Pilak, Unakoti models, Ujjayanta Castle, Neermahal Royal Palace, Chandrapur, Tripura Sundari Temple, Mahamuni, and so on.
To add more beauty to the Park, indigenous trees and extraordinary blooms and creatures of the land are conserved here inside the park, in the common timberland part of the Park. This area is additionally furnished by heritage seats, stone statues, landmarks, earthenware, wood cuttings, etc. to keep guests intrigued and engaged in this serene ambiance of the mini-sized Tripura. So, a visit to this wonderful park becomes a must to relish all the flavors of this beautiful state at one place.
The Jagannath Temple, also known as Jagannath Bari, is a sacrosanct Vaishnava temple lying in the Agartala city, Tripura. This temple is believed to be the sacred home of Lord Jagannath. The temple was established in the 19th century by the Maharaja of Tripura, Radha Kishore Manikya, of the Manikya Dynasty. The idols of most Hindu Gods present in the temple are created out of either metal or stones; however, the idol of Lord Jagannath is made of wood.
The Jagannath Temple is a sacred spot for pilgrims, who are the followers of the Great Sri Krishna. The 4-story fantastic edifice of the temple, which is famous for its Islamic style of architecture, is the fundamental aspect behind the glory of Tripura. The magnificent pillars of the temple are designed in pyramidal cone-shaped structures. The bottom part of this temple has the shape of an octagon with splendidly hued orange walls. According to the legends, the Neelmadhav idol of the Puri temple was donated from this Jagannath Temple of Agartala.
There are several rituals that are followed in the temple. One of the rituals is the Nitya Puja, where ‘bhog’ offerings and distribution take place. After that, the traditional custom of Aarti is followed with diligence and humble devotion.
Devotees in large numbers come here to witness the celebration of the famous festival of Rath Yatra, or the Festival of the Chariot, in which the three deities namely Jagannath, Balaram, and Subhadra are pulled on gigantic and intricately beautified chariots.
Jampui Hill is the most elevated slope range in the state circumscribing Mizoram. It lies at an elevation of 930 m above the level of the sea and its parent range is Lushai Hills. The blustery season is no less enchanting. Amid this season, the hill is surrounded by coasting mists and it gives a unique affair to the vacationers. The formation of mists at the base of the hill range and its steady ascendance from the base and gradually inundating the entire hill range in its spiritualist lap is an experience to cherish.
The sunrise and sunset views from different angles in Jampui hills are a superb sight for the travelers. Vacationers visiting the hills must not miss the views of dusk and dawn. Different viewpoints in the slope offer a supreme view of the valley and towns of Mizoram. From the watchtower at the most elevated pinnacle, Betlingchip (930 m high), the Chittagong Slope Tracts, the Kanchanpur – Dasda valley, and other valleys of Tripura and Mizoram unfurl a mysteriously beautiful vista.
For encouraging tourism in Jampui Hill, Tourism Administration of Tripura is sorting out different package tours from the capital town of Agartala. Jampui Hill is a genuine heaven for the visitors which pulls them in countless numbers with its virgin woodlands and tranquil and eco-accommodating atmosphere including excellent orchids and brilliant music and dance. Being inadequately populated, the area gives a perfect chance of promoting the travel industry.
Commonly known as Matabari, Shree Tripura Sundari Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths and is considered a very sacred Hindu shrine, where Goddess Shakti in the form of Mother Goddess Tripura Sundari or Tripureshwari is worshipped. It was constructed by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in 1501 AD. The temple is red in color and the top of the sanctum is in the form of a conical dome. The temple is placed on a small hillock, which looks like the hump of a tortoise (Kurma) and hence, it is called ‘Kurma Pitha’. One unique feature of this temple is the two identical idols of Maa Kali (Soroshi), locally named as Tripura Sundari (5 feet high) and Chhotima (2 feet high) idols, which are worshipped here. The beautiful Kalyan Sagar Lake is located on the eastern side of this temple. A special sweet delicacy, ‘Pedas’ is served as ‘prasadam’.
Large-sized tortoises and fishes are found in abundance in the nearby Kalyan Saga Lake, where devotees feed the creatures with puffed rice.
It is also known as the ‘Lake Palace of Tripura’ or ‘Neermahal’ and it is the largest lake palace of its sort in the Indian Subcontinent. This palace is situated in the middle of Rudrasagar Lake and it is from here that it got its name ‘Neermahal’. It is one of the two water castles that India has. The lofty royal residence is a lovely amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. There is an abundance of overhangs, columns, rooms, ornate dividers, scaffold, and structures here. And all of these make Neermahal an architectural brilliance. The Andar Mahal and an outdoor theatre are what separate this mahal into two sections. The palace has 24 rooms and two stairways. It was constructed from 1930 – 1938, during the reign of the ruler of Tripura, Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur and it served as the summer imperial residence for the ruler and his royal family. There are an encompassing yard and bloom beds that surround the complex. These flowery gardens enhance the beauty of this place. This wonderful building is an enchanting piece of architecture that offers a lot for tourists in terms of splendid visuals.
This compositional wonder has a great deal to provide for its guests.
The Neermahal is also very popular for water sports activities drawing numerous tourists. This makes it an ideal opportunity for some thrill and excitement.
Other than adulating the tastefulness of Neermahal, you can watch the light and sound show organized in the evening.
Or you can entertain yourself with some speedboat riding in the nearby Rudrasagar Lake.
Along with this, you can also spot transient winged creatures in the Rudrasagar Lake.
Pilak, a site depicting ancient archaeology, contains chronicled relics during the times of the 8th to 12th centuries. Excavations started in 1927 and are still going on in this region under the Archaeological Survey of India. The main attraction of this place is the collection of various Hindu and Buddhist sculptures. This is a sacred place for the Hindu community, who are the followers of Lord Shiva, Surya, and Maa Vaishnavi. It also houses idols and sculptures of Gods like Mahayana, Hinayana, and Vajrayana for the followers of Buddhism.
The seals of terracotta that are found in Pilak portray the Buddhist stupas of little sizes. Another quite astounding figure found here is a cone-like stone chunk that depicts Buddha in an upstanding stance. In this image, one can see the right hand of Buddha while the left-hand holds the side of his robe. There is an Ushnisha, which is a three-dimensional oval structured crown that embellishes the head, and a little stupa, which is engraved on the left section. Another significant form that can be found here is the statue of Avalokiteshvara with two arms. This statue is presently kept in the Tripura Government Museum for public display.
Few places like the Thakurani Tilla, Balir Pathar, Sagar Deba, Deb Bari, Basudev Baria, and Shyam Sundar Tilla are the ones, which you must explore. The models and artistic structures found in this place have a resemblance with the historical structures found during the reign of the Guptas and the Palas. The major artworks here include numerous stone carved forms and medallions of terracotta.
Rich greenery and a plenitude of blooms are what makeup Rabindra Kanan, located close to the Raj Bhavan of Tripura. The palm trees, evergreen plants, and little trails offer a soothing natural atmosphere. Alongside Nehru Park, Rabindra Kanan is an ideal place for individuals seeking relief from the chaos, crowds, and pollution of the city. This Park is the perfect spot in Agartala for a day out with your family.
As far as its size is concerned, it isn’t bigger than a park, where you take your night walk but, it is looked after well. There is a carpet laid here of flowers of Marigold of various hues, which forms a brilliant floor covering. This Park is significantly popular for its beautiful natural decorations that draw in numerous guests. Irrespective of the size, it makes up in qualities. Individuals of all ages visit this park and for spending some quality time on conversing with one another, strolling, jogging, and so forth. This greenery enclosure is a perfect place for photography passionate due to its lovely scenic beauty.
There are several nostalgic memories attached to this park. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was seen here relaxing or walking around. His friend Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya, who was the ruler of this place ordered to construct a palatial house for the great poet and it was named Rabindra Kanan. As per his instructions, the area was decorated with gardens, water fountains, and lawns. This was done so that the great writer could stay here and create some literary masterpieces.
Every year, the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore is celebrated with much grandeur here.
Aside from these, the ‘Puppet House’ for kids is a major attraction here for the children.
There is a food joint called Assam Rifles, which is predominantly, a canteen serving marvelous local delicacies.
A beautiful lake, which will appeal to every nature lover is the Rudrasagar Lake. It is also known by the name of Rudijala. It occupies a geographical area of 2.4 sq. km. This lake has been identified as a wetland of national importance by the Government of India’s Ministry of Environment and Forest. It is a natural sedimentation reservoir, which receives flow from three perennial streams namely Noacherra, Kemtali cherra, and Durlavnaraya cherra. The view of the lake is spectacular. The lake is home to a variety of residential as well as, migratory birds. Water-birds, such as ducks and cormorants can be viewed. This lake also functions as a famous picnic spot.
One can indulge in a boat ride and other water sports and activities. During the winter season, a variety of migratory birds visit the lake and so, the bird enthusiasts visiting this lake during the winters are in for a visual treat. Tourists can view the colorful birds perched upon resting places or some flying in a flock, which is a sight to behold. In the heart of the lake is situated the Neermahal Palace, which was constructed by the then Tripura king Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur in the year 1935. The palace can be reached from the banks of the lake by a 10-minute boat ride.
Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary, also spelled as Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary is a very well-known nature and wildlife park and academic and research center in the state of Tripura, extending to an area of about 18.53 sq. km. It was established in the year 1972. Different species of fauna and flora can be spotted here like birds, animals, primates, etc. The most famous animal in this sanctuary is the Clouded Leopard. Other unique creatures include Phayre’s Langur. Other primate species include – Pig-Tailed Macaque, Rhesus Macaque, Spectacled Langur, and Capped Langur. The fauna populace in the sanctuary can be divided into 5 sections – carnivores, primates, ungulates, avifauna, and reptiles. Approximately 456 species of trees and plants, both monocotyledons and dicotyledons, can be spotted here that include Bamboo, Sal, Garjan, Kurcha, Awla, Kanak, Bahera, Hargaja, Amlaki, Pichla, etc. The region experiences a temperate climate for the major part of the year.
150 species of birds can be spotted here including the migratory ones. The wild creatures comprise Leopards, Civets, Slow Loris, Wild Pigs, Barking Deer, Elephants, Himalayan Black Bears, Monitor Lizards, Python, Hog Deer, etc. Birds like Jungle fowls, Open Billed Stork, White Ibis, Whistling Teal, etc. are there.
This wildlife sanctuary has an artificial lake and botanical and zoological gardens. The botanical garden has about 60 types of medicinal plants
Tourists can enjoy boating in the Amrit Sagar Lake and Abasarika Lake.
The vast coffee and rubber plantation present in the sanctuary can also be visited.
Tourists can also enjoy an exciting ride on the toy trains moving through the sanctuary.
Tripura is a state known for its diverse tribal cultures and communities that thrive peacefully in various areas of this beautiful state. If you want to witness this diversity in tribal cultures, traditions, and heritage, and want to learn more about the 19 tribal communities of Tripura, a visit to the Tripura State Tribal Museum becomes a must. About one-third of the state’s population comprises these tribal communities.
This museum houses the finest display of tribal costumes, handicrafts, ornaments, traditional musical instruments, fishing and hunting equipment, utensils, tools, and other items used by the tribal people. You will also get to know about their customs, rituals, and festivals that are celebrated by these tribal people. The aim of setting up this museum was to promote the tribal culture, traditions, and legacy of Tripura.
The museum, situated in the premises of the Tribal Research and Cultural Institute in Agartala, was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Tripura, Sri Manik Sarkar on 23rd September 2009.
A video wall displaying the art and crafts of the 19 tribal communities.
Brilliantly designed dioramas showcasing the geographical diversity of the state. Also, the occupations, languages, traditional beliefs, social structures of the tribal communities are perfectly portrayed through these dioramas.
An auditorium playing videos on the tribal communities.
Touch-screen kiosks helping you learn about the state’s rich textiles and bamboo crafts.
A library is also present.
Tripura is a green state, where you will find many timberlands and wildlife parks and Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary is one of them. Located in the South Tripura district, the park spreads over an area of 197.7 sq. km. Established in November 1988, a large number of perennial water bodies, grasslands, and rich and rare vegetation embellish this woodland naturally. About 62% of the area is covered with dense forest, 20% with bushy forest, and 18% with degraded forest. Varied species of vegetation include – Kaillai (a species of bamboo), Kurcha, Vasak, Tulsi, Kalamegh, Rudraksha, Chirata, Sarpagandha, Bel, etc. - all having medicinal properties and goodness. Visitors are suggested to take a thorough tour of the timberland to witness these varied flora species.
Just like the flora, the fauna species in this wildlife park is also diverse and include a large number of splendid creatures of the wild – Bos Gaurus (Indian Bison), Golden Langur, Spectacle Langur, Capped Langur, Hoolock Gibbon, Deer, Macacca mulatta, Wild Boar, Wild Cat, Leopards, etc. Avifauna species comprise many resident and migratory birds like Red Jungle Fowl, Indian Black Drongo, Tailor Bird, Pheasant Tailed Jacana, White Breasted Kingfisher, Dove, Eagle, Hornbill, Jungle Myna, Parrot, etc. There are many reptile species present here as well. Indian Bison (Gaur) is the main wildlife attraction of the sanctuary.
This reserve forest showcases rich bio-diversity and provides awareness, education, and entertainment to the visitors giving them a fulfilling experience.
Facilities of jeep safari tours and wildlife trips are available here.
The Ujjayanta Royal Palace is a regal residence in Tripura, which lies in the province of Agartala. Some time back it was considered as the gathering place for the Tripura Administrative Assembly until 2011 and now, it fills in as a museum and a vacation destination of Agartala.
it is also known as Tripura Government Museum or Tripura State Museum, Ujjayanta Palace. The Castle remains on the banks of a beautiful lake encompassed by the rich greenery of Mughal gardens in Agartala. This intriguing former royal residence has a few Hindu temples devoted to the various gods and goddesses, Uma-Maheshwari, Lakshmi Narayan, Jagannath, and Kali.
One of the biggest museums in the north-eastern part of India, covering a huge area in the capital city, it portrays the way of life, craftsmanship, culture, convention, and utility artworks, adjacent to the traditions and practices of different communities dwelling in north-east India. Rabindranath Tagore named the royal residence, which was purchased by the Tripura Government in 1972 - 73 from the royal family. The Tripura ruler, Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya put resources into the development of the royal residence in the years 1899 - 1901. The royal residence incorporates the open corridors, library, Throne Room, and the Meeting Room.
There is a Chinese Room that was established afterward in the royal residence. The Castle filled in as a home to numerous leaders of Tripura since the season of its development. The royal residence was worked in the Indo-Saracenic style with a Mughal enlivened open greenhouse and lake located in the front. The interiors are also superbly decorated with antique carvings. The palace and its premises houses various temples and beautiful gardens.
Located inside the huge Ujjayanta Royal Palace complex, the temple of Umamaheswar is one of the many temples to be found in the castle’s compound. This ancient temple of Goddess Shakti was established in 1501 and it is a spot, where numerous travelers visit all throughout the year. The name is derived from ‘Umameshwar’, which is another name of Goddess Durga, another form of Goddess Shakti.
It is a Hindu temple that is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and her husband, Lord Shiva. This place is remarkably known for the statue of Ardhanreshwar, which is a combined structure of Shankara and Parvati. One of the significant aspects of this place is its celestial and clean environment. The architecture of this temple and the majority of the temples in Tripura have a resemblance to traditional architectural designs of West Bengal. Viewing this temple will make you feel that it has many similarities with so many common traditions with Hinduism. From this very temple compound, one can view the Ujjayanta Castle, which is a standout amongst the most famous travel locations in Agartala. This castle seems to be enhancing the beauty of this temple and it appears splendidly in the backdrop. Another beautifying aspect is the scenic green garden at the front gate of the castle.
Unakoti, the major tourist spot in the Unakoti District of Tripura, is a historical pilgrim site, drawing in voyagers and followers from great distances abroad. This is a place, where India’s religious heritage lies in the form of its carvings and figures of the divine Gods and Goddesses. This spot additionally houses lavish greenery and is loaded with magnificence. The entire area along with the Unakoti Hill is considered a sacred place for the Shaivites and most of the rock-cut images are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Huge numbers of the stone carvings here portray the life of Lord Shiva and different stories from the Hindu mythology and folklore. Figures of Lord Rama, Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesha, and Nandi Bull can likewise be seen here. Unakoti is a decent spot for climbing, trekking, and different other outdoor activities.
While the site’s carvings in rock, wall paintings with crude magnificence are the main attractions, the mesmeric views of the hills and cascades are additional things to look for. The images at Unakoti are of two kinds - in particular figures cut in rocks and carvings of stones. Among the stone-cut carvings, the Shiva and huge Ganesha figures are the unique ones. The idol of Shiva or Kal Bhairava is around 40 feet high with hood. On each side of the hood of Lord Shiva, there are two full-size female figures – one of Durga standing on a lion and another female figure on the other side.