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Tripura is an Indian state in the northeastern region. It covers a total area of 10,490 sq. kilometers. Agartala is the capital city of the state and the languages popularly spoken are Kokborok and Bengali. The state was an independent entity called the Tripuri kingdom. It was merged in the Republic of India on the 15th of October 1949. The state has a history of over 2000 years ruled by over 186 kings.

One can find mentions about Tripura in the Hindu epic Mahabharata and also in Emperor Ashoka’s pillar inscriptions. Tripura’s tribal culture is embedded throughout India’s history and was known as Kirat Desh in the ancient times. The erstwhile princely state of Tripura was ruled by the Manikyas for over 3000 years.

Why Visit Tripura


Tripura is dotted with historical and mythological relevance. It is situated on the Indo-Bangla border. Some of the important destinations visited by tourists in the state are Kailashnagar, Dharamnagar, Damboor, Amarpur and Kashba.

The state also has the Ujjanta Palace located in Agartala, the Neermahal Palace in Melagarh which is located nearly 50 kilometers from Agartala, Unakoti in Kailashahar, Jhumpa Hills located in the North Tripura and Pilak located in the south Tripura. Other attractions in Agartala are Akhaura border and the Rose Valley Park located in the outskirts of the city.

Visiting Agartala can be ideally labeled as a perfect weekend getaway. The Tripuri people love Bengali cuisine. Some of the tribal dishes can be a treat to your taste buds and are unique. There are four wildlife sanctuaries in the state viz. the Gumti Wildlife sanctuary, Sipahijola Wildlife sanctuary, Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary and Rowa Wildlife Sanctuary.

The National Parks in the state are the Sepahijola National Park, Rajbari National Park at Trishna, and the Leopard National Park.

Exploring the Culture of Tripura


Hindus constitute most of the population in the state, most of whom are Bengalis and the Tripuri. Goddess Tripureshwari and Lord Shiva are the most worshipped by Hindus in the state. Kali Puja, Navratri and Durga Puja are the most celebrated festivals for the Hindus.

Muslims form the second largest community in the population of the state. They mostly belong to the Sunni sect in Islam and are generally Bengalis. The Christians in Tripura are mostly tribal people and comprise of some of the native Tripuri people. Baptists form a large majority among Christians and Roman Catholics follow second.

The state is home to a large number of linguistic groups and hence enjoys a composite culture. Dominant cultures in the state are Jamatia, tripuri, Bengali, Koloi, Noatia, Murasing, Halam, Kuki, Garo, Mizo, Chakma, Munda, Mogh, Uchoi, Santhal and Oraon.

Handicrafts, fine arts, dance and music are an integral part of the state. Some of the unique instruments used in Tripura are chongpreng, sumui and sarinda. Some of the famous dance forms in the state are the Bizhu Dance and Hojagiri.

Facts for Tourists


Consumption of alcohol in the open is banned in the state. Pirated alcohol will be available and this can be very injurious to your health.
 

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