Capital: Agartala. Area: 10,491.69 sq. km. Population: 31,99,203 (Male: 16,42,225 Female: 15,56,978). Population density: 304 per sq. km. Sex ratio: 948 females per 1000 males. Principal languages: Bengali. Literacy: 73.2 pc (Male: 81.09% Female: 64.9%). Districts: 4. Lok Sabha seats: 2. State Assembly seats: 60. Airports: Agartala, Kailashahar, Khowai, Kamlapur. Tourist season: September to March.
Introduction Bounded on three sides by Bangladesh, Tripura is a convenient destination forforeign nationals to enter India via Bangladesh. The journey time by road between Dacca and Agartala isapproximatelythree hours.
Tripura has a dense forest cover of around 60 per cent. The state also boasts of a pollution- free environment and pleasant weather. Tripura is home to 19 tribes, besides Bengalis, Manipuris and some other communities. Although the state’s royal palaces and temples attract a growing number of tourists, especially from Kolkata, those who expect to see grand structures will be disappointed.
How to get there
By Air: Agartala is well connected to Guwahati and Kolkata by both the public and private airlines.
By Rail: Kumarghat is the nearest railhead, 140 km from Agartala. Kumarghat is linked by Indian Railways to Guwahati, and the latter is connected to most major railway stations in India. The nearest rail station of Bangladesh is Akhahura, which in turn links Dhaka and Sylhet.
By Road: National Highway No.44 connects Agartala to Guwahati via Shillong in 24 hours. But the geographical location ofthe state makes it more convenient to reach Tripura from Bangladesh by road.
Places of interest
Agartala (Ujjayanta Palace, State Museum, Tribal Museum, Sukanta Academy, M.B.B. College, Laxminarayan Temple, Uma Maheswar Temple, Jagannath Temple, Benuban Bihar, Gedu Mian Mosque)
Unakoti (178 km from Agartala – Famous for 9th century rock carvings)
Pilak (100 km from Agartala – Treasure
house of Hindu and Buddhist Sculpture)
• Udaipur (55 km from Agartala – Bhuvaneswari Temple, Gunabati group of Temples, Vast Lakes with scenic beauty)
Neermahal (53 km from Agartala – A magnificent lake palace)
Jampui Hill (A beautiful hill range inhabited by the Mizo and Reang tribes)
Bhuvaneswari Temple (16th century temple – Adjacent to river palace)
Sepahijala (Botanical Garden, Zoo, Elephantjoy-rides, etc)
Kamalasagar (30 km from Agartala Vast lake at the border of Bangladesh)
Deotamura (75 km from Agartala – Rock Carvings ofthe 15th-16th centuries)
Dumboor Lake (120 km from Agartala – A vast water area with 48 tiny islands)
Tripura Govt. Museum (nearChowmohani PO, Agartala)
ffJJJ Tourist information
Tripura Tourism, Swet Mahal, Palace