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Tripura - Cultural Synthesis
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The Beauty of The Erstwhile Princely, Tripura The beauty of the erstwhile princely state of Tripura stems from the splendour of its natural setting and its dazzling heritage. No great peaks punctuate the skies, nor are its major rivers such as the Khowai, Manu and Gomti any match for the mighty Brahmaputra. Yet its verdant expanses and rich forestlands have been a great attraction to people down the centuries and for tourists down the decades it offers a plethora of delightful attractions in its cavalcade of historic palaces, rock cut carvings, stone sculptures, Buddhist and Hindu holy places, wildlife sanctuaries and tribal people.

Poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore, an honoured guest found its pollution-free, eco friendly environment, pleasant climate and tranquility the perfect retreat to compile some of his works here. Blending into the hills and valleys, the villages are a tapestry of rich ethnic traditions.

Agartala
Agartala, the state capital of Tripura, is set amidst vast expanses of tranquil beauty making it an ideal base for exploring the ancient palaces, temples, lakes and wildlife sanctuaries of this erstwhile princely state. But take time off to explore the city's own charms. Sitting astride great Mughal-inspired gardens, with a pool and gurgling fountains, the Ujjayanta Palace was built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya Bahadur in 1901. Located in the heart of town, its interiors are embellished with magnificent tiled floors, delightfully curved wooden ceiling and beautifully crafted doors. Floodlighting, a recently introduced feature, makes it an eyecatching landmark at night.

Kamalasagar
Maharaja Kalyan Manikya initiated the excavations of Lake Kamalasagar, 27 km from Agartala, There's a popular 16th century Kali Temple on the edge of the lake.

Steps have been taken to encourage rural tourism around the temple region. Pilgrims from around the country and nearby Bangladesh converge annually at the temple in the months of April and August to celebrate the temple deity Goddess Kali.
Its tranquil, pollution-free environs and natural setting make Kamalasagar an ideal holiday escape for tourists.

SHOPPING
To buy some of Tripura's famous cane and bamboo craft, pop into Purbasha, in Agartala, an outlet of Tripura Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation. Tantumita is also famous for traditional handlooms. Apart from these, check out the many private shops on Akhaura Road for excellent choices of Tripura Handicrafts.

Fairs and Festivals
Kharchi Puja
Kharchi Puja, Tripura Both tribal and non-tribal communities celebrate the seven-day Kharchi Puja festival with great vigour. The fourteen goddesses are worshipped in July every year at a venue close to Agartala.

Garia Puja
The tribal people of Tripura celebrate Garia Puja on the seventh day of the month of Baisakh, which falls in the month of April. The puja ends with dancing and singing.

Diwali
Diwali is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Tripura but its celebrations are most colourful at the Tripurasundari Temple near Udaipur. A big mela is held followed by a cultural programme during mid Kartik (October-November).

Pous Sankranti
The great Pous Sankranti Mela, held annually at Tirthamukh, attracts hosts of devotees from Tripura's neighbouring states as well. The Gomati River becomes the focal point of Uttarayan Sankranti on 14th January. Thousands of people from all tribal and non-tribal communities converge on Tirthamukh the birthplace of the river, to take a holy dip.

Agartala STD Code: 0381
GETTING THERE
By Air
Nearest airport Agartala (about 12km from the city centre).
Agartala is served by Indian Airlines flights from Guwahati (40 minutes), Kolkata (50 minutes), and Silchar (35 minutes). Taxis and auto-rickshaws are available.

Indian Airlines
Enquiries/Reservations
Telefax 2325470
Airport Tourist Counter
Tel 2342393

Helicopter Services
Helicopter Services linking Agratala to Kailashahar and Dharamanagar is available.

By Rail
Cachar Express Run to Lumding Nearest railhead Manughat/Kumarghat (on N.F. railway station, 120 km)
One can reach Kumarghat from Guwahati via Lumding in Assam.

Trains Brahmaputra Mail, Kamrup Express, Barak Valley Express and Cachar Express run to Lumding (Assam).
Passenger trains from Lumding to Kumarghat take about 10 hrs.

Journey time
Guwahati to Lumding (5 hrs) Lumding to Kumarghat (10 hrs)

Contact
Railway Out Agency
Tel 2325533
Railway Office
Tel 2221609

By Road
NH 44 originates from Agartala and goes northeast across Tripura into Assam, enters Meghalaya and joins NH40 near Shillong.

Agartala to Guwahati - 597 km Agartala to Shillong - 499 km.
Buses are available from Guwahati to Agartala round the clock.
Agartala is also going to be connected by road to Dhaka. The journey will be covered in 6 hrs. Tripura Road Transport Corporation operate bus services from Agartala to other places in the state.

ACCOMMODATION
Hotel radha International
54 Central Road
Tel 2382615
Fax 2384530
Tariff Rs 180-450

Welcome Palace
Tel 2383380,2384940
Tariff Rs 400-990