Tripura has witnessed tremendous development over the last few years in basic infrastructure as well as industrial infrastructure, Tripura, known as the second rubber capital of India, is the second largest producer of natural rubber in India, after Kerala. The largest Latex Based Rubber Thread Unit has been set up by M/S DS Group (Investment ?80 crore), M/S DP Group has set up a cold Steel Rolling Plant (Investment- 214 cr), TMT Bar unit, Cement plant, packaged Drinking water plant, ferric alum, Distillery, Agarbati manufacturing unit with marketing arrangement with ITC (Mangaldeep), Food products, ACC Conductors, PVC coated wires, steel & wrought Iron furniture etc units have already been set up. state has considerable amount of natural gas, ONGC has its natural gas gathering station & Gas Authority of India Limited has marketing terminals of natural gas in north, west and south part of Tripura.
Formerly known as well Hill Tippera, Tripura is located in the extreme south-west corner of the North-eastern region. The origin of the name of Tripura is still a matter of controversy among historians and researchers. According to the ‘Rajmala”, Tripura’s celebrated court chronicle, an ancient king named ‘tripur’ ruled over the territorial domain known as ‘Tripura’ and the name of the kingdom was derived from his name. Many researchers explain the name ‘Tripura’ from its etymological origin and its geographic location: the word ‘Tripura’ means ‘near water’.
The early history of the kingdom of Tripura is a complex blend of history and mythology, and has a history of over 2,500 years and 186 kings. It was formerly an independent Tripuri kingdom and was merged with independent India on October15, 1949 by the Tripura Merger Agreement.
Sights to See
Agartala,the capital of Tripura, is bounded by low-lying hills on three sides and on the other side it opens up to the adjoining plains of Bangladesh. Agartala is arguably one of the most diversely populated cities of India. Tripura has always been a home to various mix of tribes and all these tribal amalgamation has led to an influx of people representing their own clan. Agartala, with its verdant forest cover, near perfect green backdrop, great tourist sites and laid back attitude presents a sight of an ideal tourist destination. The rich and varied tribal culture thriving on the high mountains and vast and alluring green valleys adds its own charm to the attraction of the state.
Malanchabas was formerly an ordinary bungalow where Rabindranath Tagore stayed during his visit to Tripura in 1919.
BenuvanVihar has some beautiful metal idols of Lord Budha and Bodhisatva.
Sepahijala: Located at a distance of 25 km from Agartala,coversan area of 18.53 sq km, and has ore than 150 species of residential birds, migratory birds, orchid garden, boating facilities, wild life, botanical garden, zoo, elephant joy-rides, rubber and coffee plantation attracts the visitors. The famous spectacled monkey is found here.
Jampui Hills (220 km from Agartala): Situated at an altitude of 3,000 feet above sea level, Jampui is famous for its charming landscape and bracing climate. The excellent climatic condition, green forests, beautiful orange garden, view of raising and setting sun are wonderful sight for tourists. The hill range has 11 villages inhabited by Mizo (Lushai tribes) and also by Reang tribes.There is an ‘Eden’ Tourist Lodge in Vangmun village where tourists can stay comfortably. In addition, local people offer paying guest accommodation. The highest peak of Tripura‘Betalongchhip’ falls in this hill range which is 3,600 feet high and from where tourist can see the panoramic view of Mizoram, Chittagong hill tracts and various other hill ranges of Tripura. There are good trekking routes in the hill range for tourists.
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The state capital, Agartala. is well connected by air with Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi and Chennai. The airport is 12 km away from the city. A flight from Guwahati or Kolkata takes about 50 minutes to reach Agartala. The state has three more small airports at Khowai, Kamalpur and Kailashahar where small-chartered planes can land but they are not functional at present. Helicopter service is functional in these places presently.
Agartala is connected with rail services.
Tripura is also connected by road with Guwahati via Shillong by national highway no. 44
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Neermahal Palace was constructed in the middle of theRudrasagar Lake and it is the only Lake Place in the North-eastern region. The lake witnesses a large number of migratory birds in every winter. Every year a boat race is organised in July/August.
The visiting tourists can enjoyTripura
Dumboor Lake, 120 km from Agartala, a water area of 41 sq km with an un-ending spell of luxuriant green vegetation. The lake is the confluence of rivers Raima and Sarma. Various species of migratory birds are noticed in the winter and it has rich reservoir of natural and cultured fishes.
Unkoti which means one less than a croreand it is said that these many rock cut carvings are available here. It is located at 180 km from Agartala and an important archaeological site. The site consists of several huge vertical rock-cut carvings on a hillside. The images found at Unakoti are of two types namely rock-carved figures and stone images. Every year a large fair popularly known as‘AshokastamiMela’ is held in the month of April which is visited by thousands of pilgrims.Accommodation: Uttarmegh Tourist Lodge, TTDCL.
Pilak, located 100 kmaway from Agartala, is a treasure house of Hindu and Buddhist sculpture. It dates back to 8th and 9th centuries. Beautiful images scattered in an area of about 10 sq kmhave been found.