Tripura, completely off the beaten track, is mainly a hilly territory with altitudes varying from 50 to 3080 ft above sea level. Most of the population, however, lives in the plains. Encompassing a sensitive border zone where India meets Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh, the region is remote - only the narrow Siliguri corridor connects it to the rest of India. The second smallest state of India, it is one of the most ancient of the princely states.
Characterised by moderate temperatures and a highly humid atmosphere, Tripura is a storehouse of tribal crafts and culture as well as music and dancing. Tripura has mainly a Bengali community, in spite of the 19 Scheduled Tribes that form a major chunk of the population. Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity are the main religions followed in Tripura. The tribals, with a rich and varied culture, belong mainly to the Reang, Chakma, Halam and Usai communities. The majority of tribals live in elevated houses of bamboo called 'Tong'.
The capital's gracious buildings were once the palaces of Tripura's royal family. Visit:
Fast Facts of Tripura
Places to Interest :
Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary, located in the Charilam Reserve Forest, covers 18 sq kms area. A reservoir of about 150 species of birds, the spectacled monkey is the major attraction of this area, being one of the rare species found in abundance in Tripura.
This lake, located amidst the sylvan hills, 100 kms from Agartala, encloses 48 islands. Lake Kamalasagar, an antique temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, built in the 15th century, stands on the banks of this lake. A huge mela gathers here during the eve of Sankranti in January.
Mata Tripureshwari Temple
This temple, 58 kms away from Agartala, is amongst the 51 pithasthans of India. As it resembles a tortoise, the temple is also called Kurma Pith.
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