Tripura in the northeast of India is a rare combination of natural beauty and man-made wonders, a unique blend of the old order and new, and a fusion of cultures and architectural styles. Many tribes and communities who have made their home in Tripura have lent an incredible mix of culture and customs to this small state. Much of the state of Tripura is forested and hilly, with natural wonders ranging from lakes to wildlife sanctuaries.
Tripura is unlike the other Northeastern states of India with its vast population of Bengalis coexisting with 19 tribes, some of who have come to the state from neighboring tribal belts. Virtually surrounded by Bangladesh, the state lies south of Meghalaya, and east of Assam and Mizoram.
Tripura is open to tourism but insurgency is still rampant in many areas. Although you won’t encounter trouble in most places of tourist interest, keep an ear to the ground and never forget to ask the local people about the political situation, especially if you are planning to visit the remote areas of the state.
Best Time of Visit:
- Tripura is best visited from October to May. Heavy seasonal rains from June to September often disrupt life and vital communications.
Min Days Required: 3 Days
Places of Interest:
- Ujjayanta Palace
- Nehru Park
- Rabindra Kanan
- Sepahijala Wild Life Sanctuary
- Jampui Hills
- The climate of Tripura is moderate but humid.
- It is best visited after the southwest monsoons (rains) in October. The maximum temperature in summer can go up to 35° Celsius and the minimum in winter can come down to 10° Celsius.
- Average rainfall is 2100 mm. Kamalpur receives the highest rainfall at 2855 mm and Sonamura the lowest at 1811 mm.
Things to carry:
- During the summers, light cotton clothes will be the best option.
- Also ensure that you apply ample of sunscreen, to avoid getting a tan. Umbrellas and raincoats are also a must-have, as heavy showers sometimes overlap summers.
- Winters are mild and light woolen clothes can be used.
How to get there:
- Roads also link the neighbouring states to Agartala. Direct buses from Guwahati (25 hours) and Silchar (12 hours) ply regularly. You may even hire 4WDs but buses are definitely safer.
- There are direct flights to Agartala from Kolkata and Guwahati. The airport is 5 km away from Agartala city and taxis and autos will take you to the city.
- Kumarghat, 140 km away, is the nearest rail station. But Kumarghat is insurgengy prone so check the current situation before going there. From Kumarghat you can take a bus to Agartala, the capital. Although it is possible to hire a 4WD with a chauffeur, it is safer to travel by bus.