Agartala: In a bid to woo more tourists to the state, the Tripura Tourism Development Corporation Limited (TTDCL) has decided to introduce a bus service from the state capital Agartala to Chabimura, one of the most visited tourist destinations of Tripura situated in the Amarpur subdivision of Gomati district.
Tripura at a Glance & Tourism Spots
Tripura at a Glance & Tourism Spots
Tripura is a hill state in northeastern India, located on three sides of Bangladesh, and has a diverse mix of tribal cultures and religious groups. In the capital Agartala, the pressed Ujjayanta Palace is set in Mughal gardens.
Tripura is a state in northeastern India. It shares borders with Bangladesh, Mizoram, and Assam. Tripura is bordered by Bangladesh to the north, south, and west.
The state of Tripura was under presidential rule from November 1, 1911, to March 1922. Tripura officially became an Indian state on January 21, 1922. March 11, 1922, elections were held in the state of Tripura, and in the Indian National Congress (INC) won 41 out of 90 seats in the Legislative Assembly.
On January 26, 1950, Tripura was accorded the status of a ‘C’ category state and on November 1, 1956, it was recognized as a Union Territory. With the sustained efforts and struggle of the people of Tripura, it gained full statehood on January 21, 1972, as per the North-East Reorganisation Act, 1971.
Famous for its agriculture,
Famous for its agriculture, tea gardens, beautiful gardens, toy trains, and much more, Tripura is famous for its natural beauty, the state is also popular for its indigenous culture and food.
Agartala is also famous for its temples, palaces, and rich history of the Manikya kings and its connection to Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Agartala is also noted for its bamboo handicrafts, and local hand-woven shawls and textiles.
Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman is considered the father of modern architecture in Tripura, as the entire planning of present-day Tripura was initiated during his rule. He was also an educationist. He is the first ruler who visited Europe and America from 1931 to 1939.
The last ruler of the princely state of Tripura was Kirit Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur Debbarma who reigned from 1947 to 1949 Agartala after whom the kingdom was merged with India on 9 September 1949, and the administration was taken over on 15 October 1949.
History and geography Tourism Spot
Tripura is a state in northeastern India that borders Bangladesh, Mizoram, and Assam. It is bounded on the north, south, and west by Bangladesh: its international border is 856 km (84 percent of its total border). It shares a 53 km long border with Assam and a 109 km long border with Mizoram.
The state is connected to a part of India by only one road (NH-44) which runs through the mountains to the border of the Karimganj district of Assam and then through the states of Meghalaya, Assam, and North Bengal to Kolkata.
The total distance covered by Dharmanagar Agartala is 140 kilometers. Agartala to Sabroom 113 Km History was made today when the first Broad gauge commercial freight train comprising 42 wagons loaded with foodgrains rolled into Jirania station near Agartala. The train was received on 22.02.2016 at 1.30 pm at Jirania station by Shri Manik Dey Minister for Power, Urban Development, Rural Development (Panchayat) and Transport, Govt of Tripura along with senior State government and railway officials as Piklu Chanda Station Superintendent Jirania in presence of others received the first Goods Train. It may be mentioned here that only last month the first Broad gauge trial Passenger train comprising one locomotive and six coaches were received at Agartala station by Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State on on 13th January 2016.
The declaration of the Agartala new line project as a National project by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the turning point in the long history of the project after which adequate fund flow came to be made available.
The present success was attributable to the hard work and dedication of Railway engineers whose effort saw the completion of six months of balance work in three months and well within target. The formalities of inspection by the Commissioner of Railway Safety would also be completed well within March and passenger trains would start plying thereafter. By March 2017, the section up to Sabroom would be connected by the BG track.
Agartala railway station is being commissioned with the best passenger amenities like a washable apron on every platform line, 1 washing pit line, for a DEMU, shed, 2 for train maintenance, first of its kind automatic coach watering facility, and a wastewater recycling facility. Along the 109km section 17 Road over bridges, and three roads under bridges are also being provided for ease of passage of road traffic he said.
Kumarghat-Agartala New Line :
The history of the railway in Tripura began in 1964 with the extension of a 31 Km long railway line from Kalkalighat to Dharmanagar. Subsequently, it was extended to Kumarghat – a distance of 32 Km in 1990. The work of the New BG railway line from Kumarghat – Agartala (109 Km) was sanctioned in 1996 – 97. The section was opened on MG in the year 2008 and the State Capital of Agartala was connected. With the Gauge Conversion of Lumding – Badarpur – Kumarghat this section of Kumarghat – Agartala is also being converted to BG and this work is nearing completion.
Completion of the project has great importance to the people of Tripura as it will provide BG rail connectivity to its Capital Agartala. The project has been completed in the wake of many challenges viz militancy, difficult hilly terrain, and adverse climatic conditions in the remote part of the country.
The railway traverses through the North Tripura, Dhalai, and West Tripura Districts of Tripura State. Heavy plantation of bamboo, beetle teak, rubber thick vegetation, and deep forest cover the area. The alignment negotiates extremely undulating hilly terrain, deep cuttings, high embankments, bridges, tunnels, and a large number of curves. The longest tunnel is 1.967 Km in length in Longtarai Hill. The geology is repetitive with a sequence of deformed and folded sedimentary rocks. The area lies in Zone-V where earthquakes have caused moderate to severe damage in the past.
Salient Features of the new line project from Kumarghat to Agartala are as follows
Year of sanction: 1996-97
Latest Anticipated Cost: Rs 1451 Crs.
Total length: 109 Km
Stations: 10 Nos including 4 Halt stations excluding Kumarghat
Level Crossings: 6 Nos (all manned)
Total number of Bridges: 198 Nos
Major Bridges: 15 Nos
Minor Bridges: 183 Nos
Road Over Bridges: 13 Nos
Road Under Bridges: 14 Nos
Tunnels : 3 Nos (Total Length – 4.95 Km, Longest Tunnel – 1.96 Km)
Curves: 67 Nos (Sharpest curve 5 Degrees)
Ruling Gradient: 1 in 70
Speed Potential: 100 Kmph
The station lies on the 113 km long 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad-gauge-Agartala-Sabroom railway line which comes under the Lumding Railway Division of the Noth of Indian Railways. It is a single line without electrification. The 43 km long segment from Agartala to Udaipur near Mata Tripura Sundari temple was completed in 2016 and became operational with two trains running on this segment. The remaining section from Udaipur to Sabroom was completed by 2019 and became operational on 3 October 2019
AGARTALA: The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has completed the primary survey work and feasibility study for laying an alternative railway track to connect Dharmanagar in North Tripura with Belonia in South Tripura via Agartala and Sonamura.
The Agartala–Akhaura (Bangladesh) railway link, expected to be completed in September this year, will connect Gangasagar in Bangladesh to Nischintapur in India (10.6 kilometers) and then connect Nischintapur to Agartala railway station (5.46 kilometers) in India.
Road Connectivity & Tourism
As you know, Tripura is a State landlocked from three sides. National Highway 44 is the only road that connects it with the rest of the country. So, it is the lifeline of Tripura. Everything from outside comes to Tripura through NH 44.
As you know, Tripura is a State landlocked from three sides. National Highway 44 is the only road that connects it with the rest of the country. So, it is the lifeline of Tripura. Everything from outside comes to Tripura through NH 44. Tripura is gearing up for a massive infra upgradation, as Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, laid the foundation stones of nine NH projects on Tuesday. Spanning across a distance of around 262 km in total and having an estimated cost of over Rs 2,752 crore, these projects will provide faster and hassle-free inter-state as well as international road connectivity to Bangladesh.
The cost of goods and services is expected to come down in the state as these highways. projects will improve the transport of goods as well as access to greater markets. In addition, they will also give a fillip to the state’s tourism sector as they will facilitate seamless movement to various tourist places, religious and historical places.
The projects in the pipeline are: the Jolaibari – Belonia section of NH-108A (worth INR 201.99 crore); Kailashahar – Kumarghat section of NH-208 (worth INR 277.50 crore); Khayerpur – Amtali section (Agartala bypass) of NH-08 (worth INR 147 crore); Agartala – Khowai section of NH-108B (worth INR 480.19 crore);
Kailashahar – Kurti bridge of NH-208A (worth INR 473.49 crore); Manu – Simlung section of NH-44A (worth INR 595.12 crore); 2 RCC Bridges over river Muhuri and river Gomati (worth INR 83.06 crore); Churaibari – Agartala section strengthening with paved shoulder of NH-08 (worth INR 257.96 crore); and Churaibari – Agartala section of NH-44 (worth INR 236.18 crore).
The airport was designed and built in 1942 by the then Maharaja of Tripura, Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur Debbarman. … During World War II, the airport was used by the 4th Combat Cargo Group (4th CCG) of the United States Army Air Forces Tenth Air Force, flying Curtiss C-46 Commando transport aircraft over Burma.
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Tripura A brief Culture
Other languages are English, Hindi, Manipuri, and Chakma. Kokborok
Height 12.80 m
Summer temperature: 20 to 36 C
Winter: 7 to 27 degrees centigrade Winter 2. C minimum
Rainy season from June to August
The average annual rainfall is 2500 mm
International border 856 km.
The literacy rate among the people of the city is (recorded in the 2001 census).
View of Jum Cultivation
At the time of the unification of Tripura with the Indian Union on 15 October 1949, the basic method of agriculture was agriculture or ‘Jhum’ which was somewhat surplus. A small part of the plains of the state was under agriculture by the Bengalis and the main crop of the farmers was paddy. Most of the plains of the state were not under
cultivation and were covered with cane breaks and wetlands. Thus at the time of state formation, the economy was mainly based on agriculture and forestry, which had no industrial base, low levels of urbanization, and limited infrastructure.
For administrative convenience and decentralization of power, Tripura which was a single district is now divided into four districts, seventeen subdivisions, and forty rural development blocks. Also, a special feature of the state is the vital existence of an Autonomous District Council (ADC) for the Adivasis under the 6th Schedule of the Indian Constitution. The ADC of Tripura covers .8.10% of the total geographical area of the state and about one-third of the population of this state.
As per details from Census 2011, Tripura has a population of 36.74 Lakhs, an increase from the figure of 32 Lakh in the 2001 census. The total population of Tripura as per the 2011 census is 3,673,917 of which males and females 1,874,376 and 1,799,541 respectively.
Travel and tourism
Tripura has a rich cultural heritage of rich flora, fauna, and places of interest which is an attractive tourist destination. There is also a lot of potential for the development of a tourism circuit involving all the pre-natural states and Bangladesh. All this hospitality provides interesting opportunities for the growth and development of the industry.
Tripura, rich in various tourist destinations, offers huge potential for growth in this sector. Area with 10,491.69 sq km. Km, Tripura is one of the smallest states in the country. However, this ancient state is surrounded by natural beauty in a beautiful green valley and a variety of flora and fauna. For the convenience of tourists, the state has been divided into two tourist circuits.
These include the West-South Tripura Circuit, West and South Tripura District Tourist Centers and other Tourist Circuits include West Tripura Circuit, North Tripura, and Dhalai District Tourist Centers. The entire state has huge potential in tourism, especially eco-tourism, religious travel, heritage tourism, hill tourism, rural tourism, etc.
Tourism & Tripura Development
Tripura has already emerged as a major tourist destination with an inherent and positive impact on the economy as the number of foreign tourists in the country is also increasing despite increasing revenue. Although the revenue from the tourism sector in tourism-centric states like Goa and Himachal Pradesh is still not that high, the overall growth of this sector has been impressive over the past decade with more promise in the coming years.
The state government attaches great importance to the tourism sector as an independent industry in line with the policies of the Government of India. In 2009, the state government launched the Tripura Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) to remove this important sector from bureaucratic paraphernalia and encourage further growth.
Mata Bari Tripura Udaipur Tourism
Tripura Sundari Temple is a Hindu temple of Goddess Tripura Sundari, better known locally as Devi Tripureshwari. The temple is situated in the ancient city of Udaipur, about 55 km from Agartala, Tripura, and can be reached by train and road from Agartala. It is believed to be one of the holiest Hindu shrines in this part of the country. Popularly known as Matabari, the shrine is set upon a small hillock, since the shape of a hillock resembles the hump of a tortoise (Kurma), and this shape called Kurmapṛṣṭhākṛti is considered the holiest possible site for a Shakti temple, hence also bestowing the name of Kurma Pīṭha. The Goddess is served by traditional Brahmin priests.
According to mythology, Lord Vishnu had cut off the body of Mata Sati into 51 pieces with his ‘Sudarshana Chakra’, and all these pieces fell at different places throughout the country and these places are known as ‘Shaktipeeths’. It is said that the ‘right foot’ of Mata Sati fell at Matabari on the southwestern outskirts of Udaipur town. This ‘Pithasthan’ (center of pilgrimage) is also known as Kurma Pith because the shape of the temple premises resembles that of “Kurma” or tortoise. The idol of ‘Maa Kali’, the presiding deity of the temple, stands in the sanctum sanctorum and it is made of reddish black stone, popularly known in Bengali as ‘Kashtipathar’.
This temple is one of the 51 holiest ‘Shaktipeeths’
This temple is one of the 51 holiest ‘Shaktipeeths’ (Shrine of the goddess of power) in India as per Hindu mythology.
The Goddess ‘Kali’ is worshipped in her incarnation as ‘Shoroshi’ (a sixteen-year-old girl). An idol of the smaller size of Maa Kali called ‘Chotto Maa’ stands beside the presiding deity, it used to be reportedly carried along by the kings during hunting expeditions and also during the war for worship in tents. The temple consists of a square-type sanctum of the typical Bengali hut structure with a conical dome. The temple was constructed in 1501 A.D. by the then Maharaja Dhanya Manikya.
On the eastern side of the temple, there is the famous ‘Kalyan Sagar’ lake where fishes and tortoises of huge sizes are found and devotees feed them with “Muri” (puffed rice) and biscuits. No fishing is permitted in the Kalyan Sagar lake. Every year on ‘Diwali’, a famous ‘Mela’ takes place near the temple which is visited by lakhs of pilgrims.
The Chaturdasha Temple khoirpur a Tourism
The Chaturdasha Temple is a Hindu temple (mandir) situated near Old Agartala, India, and features the Bengal dome patterned after the roofs of village huts in Bengal. The dome is surmounted by a stupa-like structure which reveals traces of Buddhist influence. This temple was built in honor of fourteen deities, together called the Chaturdasha Devata, by King Krishna Manikya of Tripura in 1761 and these deities are ceremoniously worshipped during Kharchi puja. The Kokborok names of the fourteen deities are Lampra, Akhata, Bikhata, Burasa, Thumnairok, Bonirok, Sangrongma, Mwtaikotor, Twima, Songatrama, Noksuma, Mailuma, Khuluma and Hachwkma
CHOBIMURA: BEST PLACE OF TRIPURA TOURISM SPOT.
Chabimura is one of the most visited destinations of the state situated in the Amarpur subdivision of the Gomati district in Tripura
In a bid to woo more tourists to the state
Chabimura or Chobimura is famous for its panels of rock carvings on steep mountain walls. There are huge carved images of Shiva, Vishnu, Kartika, Durga, and other gods and goddesses. It is situated on the bank of the Gomti river and is 82 km from Agartala.
The bus will leave from Agartala at 8 am and return by 6 pm. The service would be made available every Saturday and Sunday. The service would begin on Saturday and depending on the response, the number of buses will be increased accordingly, Chakraborty said.
A personal Car can be hired also for this own convenience.
The people who are dependent on tourism have faced a crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To boost the tourism industry, the state government has taken some decisions. Aiming at promoting tourism in a big way, the tourism department is planning to construct a helipad near Dumbur Lake in the Karbook sub-division.
Dumbur Lake in the Chabimura area is one of the main tourist destinations in Tripura. It is located on the bank of river Gomati in the Amarpur sub-division under the Gomati district, nearly 100 km away from Agartala.
Neer Mahal Tripura Tourism spot
The palace is the establishment of the Maharaja’s great taste and his fascinating idea of blending Medieval Hindu and Muslim traditions and cultures. Distance From Agartala is about 49.7 Km.
The palace is divided into two parts. The western side of the palace is known as the Andar Mahal. It was made for the royal family. The eastern side is an open-air theatre where drama, theatre, dance, and other cultural events were organized for the enjoyment of Maharajas and their royal families. The palace has 24 rooms in total.
Neer-Mahal has two stairways inside leading down to a landing on the water of Rudrasagar Lake. Maharajas used to go to the palace by hand-powered boat from ‘Rajghat’. On the ceiling, the palace houses one of the most beautiful terrace gardens of India, though poor maintenance and lack of exposure to tourists have led to the depletion of beauty and splendor.
Home to the largest bas-relief sculptures in India, Unakoti is famous for its massive stone and rock-cut sculptures that have been carved out from the hillside. It is immediately apparent that these carvings were made by extremely skilled artisans.
The Kokborok name of Unakoti is Subrai Khung as claimed by Jamatia Hoda; Unakoti hlly means one less a koti in Bengali and hosts an ancient Shaivite place of worship with huge rock reliefs celebrating Shiva.
Private vehicles or helicopters can be used to access Unakoti. Helicopter services are available from Agartala and Kailashahar and are a preferred option for a quick way to reach there. The nearest railway station is at Kumarghat (20km). Kumarghat has trains coming from both Agartala (Tripura) and Lumding (Assam).
Jampui Hills Tourism
Jampui Hills has situated about 200 Km. away from Agartala and is the highest hill range in the state bordering Mizoram. This permanent seat of eternal spring is situated at an altitude of 3000’ above sea level. During November every year, the unique Orange & Tourism festival is celebrated in Jampui hill.
A large number of tourists, both domestic and foreign, participate and enjoy this festival. The rainy season is no less charming. During this season the hill is covered with floating clouds and it provides a rare experience for tourists. The formation of clouds at the bottom of the hill range and its gradual ascendance from the bottom to the top slowly engulfing the whole hill range in its mystic lap is an experience to treasure.
JAMPUI HILL TRIPURA MIZORAM BORDER
The view of the rising and setting sun from various viewpoints in Jampui hills is a wonderful sight for tourists. Tourists visiting Jampui hill cannot afford to miss the view of the sunset and the sunrise. Various viewpoints in the hill range provide excellent panoramic views of the valley and villages of Mizoram. From the watchtower at the highest peak, Betlingchip(3200 feet high), the Chittagong Hill Tracts, the Kanchanpur – Dasda valley other hill ranges of Tripura and Mizoram unfold an enigmatic scenic vista.
The Tourist Department of the Government of Tripura has constructed one very modern tourist lodge- ‘Eden Tourist Lodge’ at Vanghmun village in the Jampui hills which has a capacity of 20 persons and is well equipped with all modern amenities. In addition, local hospitable Mizo people also extend “Paying Guest” Accommodation facilities in their houses.
Beautiful View Jampui Hill
For facilitating the visit of tourists to Jampui hill, the Tourist Department, Government of Tripura is organizing various package tours from the capital town of Agartala. Jampui hill is a real tourist paradise that attracts a large number of tourists with its virgin forests and peaceful and eco-friendly ambiance including beautiful orchids and colorful dance & music. Being sparsely populated it provides an ideal opportunity for leisure tourism.
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