Northeast India is undoubtedly one of our favourite places and we keep going back there again and again. Sometimes it is the colourful festivals and the smiling locals, while at other times the stunning landscapes lure us in visiting the eight northeast states. Our Tripura tour was totally an impromptu decision. We were in Mizoram and had a few days spare. While Agni was inclined towards Assam, I was more interested in exploring the delights of Tripura tourism. Quite naturally, the man’s inclination was superseded and we were off to visit the offbeat as well as the tourist places in Tripura. At the end of our trip, we were simply ecstatic to discover this gem of Northeast. So here is a complete Tripura travel guide that will help you plan your trip to Tripura.
Tripura has been on mind ever since I had read “Rajarshi” by Rabindranath Tagore. It has been one of the oldest princely states in ancient India and the remnants of the olden days are still left in the state. The buildings and architecture have a regal touch to them and the people are also quite proud of their history and lineage. We had quite less number of days to spend in Tripura considering the amount of time we spent at Mizoram. But we utilized these days to the full and made use of the excellent Tripura transport system in our travel. Tripura is one of the northeastern states that have an excellent local transport system as well as good railway connectivity. Our journey towards Tripura started from Silchar, the quaint little town in Assam.
- Where is Tripura located?
- History of Tripura
- Tripura Tourist Map
- Tripura Tourism | Tourist Places in Tripura
- Our Tripura Trip Itinerary
- Tripura Tourism | How to reach Tripura?
- Tripura Tourism | Getting around Tripura
- Where to stay in Tripura?
- What is the best time to visit Tripura?
- Tripura Travel Guide (FAQs Answered)
Where is Tripura located?
Tripura is located in one of the extreme end of Northeast India and has been so long away from India’s popular tourism circuit. The third-smallest state in India, Tripura shares its border with Bangladesh more than it shares with the other states of India. Tripura is surrounded on three sides by Bangladesh, while Mizoram and Assam shares border in its eastern and northeastern side. With only one highway connecting the state with the rest of the country, Tripura remains cut off from the rest of the country. While there are some very beautiful palaces, temples and archaeological sites in the state, very less is known about them, even to Indians. Nevertheless, Tripura is immensely beautiful with a large area of forest cover.
Did you know? Tripura has the largest primate diversity in India.
Tripura is small but beautiful. This tiny state beckons all the travellers with stunning vistas, ancient palaces, monuments and museums, temples, archaeological sites, rolling hills and tea gardens. There are quite an interesting number of places to visit in Tripura and we will tell you about them now.
History of Tripura
Myths, legends and anecdotes shroud the origin of the Tripura. The place finds mention in the Hindu epic Mahabharata and the Puranas as well as in the edicts of King Asoka. Interestingly, an intermingling of myths and realism plays an important part in the life of Tripura and its people. Many scholars have tried to delve into the past to decipher about Tripura and her people. The search is still going on.
Well, Tripura is claimed to be one of the oldest princely states in India. The rulers claim to have descended from King Yayati of Lunar dynasty, who finds mention in the epic Mahabharata. King Yayati’s successors were King Bavru, King Tripur, King Trilochan among others. The oldest state annals ‘Rajratnakar’ states that King Bavru conquered the countries up to river Baitarini in Orissa adding a portion of Burma to his kingdom. King Tripur and King Trilochan were contemporary kings of King Yudhisthira of Mahabharata.
If we look into history, then the land was ruled by the Twipra Kingdom of the Tripuri peoples whose history dates back before 65 AD when they migrated from western China. The history of the Tripuri Kings has been chronicled in Rajmala which states the rule of 186 kings of the land till the present time. Rajmala was written sometime in the 1400s.
The tales of the earlier kings are veiled in legends. It is usually believed that King Ratnamanikya started using the royal title of “Manikya” in the thirteenth century. The last King was Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur who reigned for the period from 1923 to 1947. He was well-loved by his subjects. He expired on May 17, 1947. Maharani Kanchan Prava Mahadevi, wife of the late king signed the Tripura Merger Agreement on 9 September, 1949 in New Delhi on behalf of her son Kirit Bikram Kishore Manikya in accordance with the consent of her late husband Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya. Thus the native princely State was merged with India on 15th October 1949.
Tripura Tourist Map
Tripura Tourism | Tourist Places in Tripura
When we visited Tripura, honestly we had not known much about the state. We had only known about Unakoti, the capital city Agartala and Udaipur. Once we were there, Tripura unfolded its beauty gradually. We had only 4 days with us and obviously wished we had more days in hand. So here is a list of places to visit in Tripura.
Agartala, the capital city of Tripura is the second-largest city in Northeast India after Guwahati. But the city has a relaxed pace that is unlike most of the capital cities of India. The city is congested, but the pace of life is slow. The city holds on to its heritage and that is seen in the buildings and other structures. The most iconic attraction of Agartala is the Ujjayanta Palace located right in the heart of the city.
Ujjayanta Palace was built by King Radha Kishore Manikya in 1901 AD. The white building is a stunning example of Indo-Saracenic architecture and used to be the royal palace of the Tripura kings. Today the palace houses the state museum having various interesting exhibits.
Ujjayanta Palace is surrounded on 4 sides by 4 temples – Laxmi Narayan Temple, Durga Bari, Jagannath Temple and Umamaheshwar Temple. It is said that the King wanted to start his day by taking a visit to these temples.
Other places that you can visit in Agartala are the Chaturdash Devta Temple, Gedu Miyan Mosque and the Heritage Park that has the miniature of all the important attractions in Tripura.
Udaipur was the erstwhile seat of power of the Tripuri kings and was formerly known as Rangamati. Today, Udaipur is known as the “City of Lakes” as well as the “City of Temples”. The main attraction of Udaipur is the Tripura Sundari Temple, locally known as the Matabari. The temple was built by King Dhanya Manikya Dev in 1510 AD. The temple is revered among the Hindus and is considered to be one of the 51 Shakti peethas of Hindu worship.
Kalyansagar Lake is located just at the back of the temple and adds to its aura. In Tripura, you will find that each temple will have a lake near its vicinity. The lake is the home to tortoises and is venerated by the locals.
The other places of interest in Udaipur include the Bhubaneshwari Temple, the ruins of Rajbari and of course the Udaipur Railway Station. The Railway station has been newly constructed and is an attraction in itself. It is modelled after the Tripura Sundari Temple. White in colour, the station complex looks impressive and the interiors are also well decorated.
How to reach Udaipur: From Agartala, you can either take a bus or train to Udaipur. You will get buses to Udaipur from Nagerjala Bus Stop in Agartala.
Neermahal is perhaps the most beautiful and elegant architecture in Tripura. Do not miss this place on your Tripura trip. Neermhal is located in Melaghar, about 25 km from Udaipur town. Nerremahal literally means the water palace and is located right in the middle of the Rudrasagar Lake. Yes, you have to take a boat to reach Neermahal. The stark white structure with a red base looks spectacular and imposing even from a distance. Yes, I feel short of adjectives when I visited Neermahal.
Neermahal was built by Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya in 1930 AD as his summer residence. The palace was clearly inspired by the Mughal style of architecture. You can visit Neermahal from Udaipur or you can also stay at Melaghar.
How to reach Neermahal: Melaghar is about 23km from Udaipur. You will get buses from Udaipur as well as Agartala towards Melaghar.
- Timings: 9AM – 5PM
- Ticket Cost: Rs.80
- Boat Ride cost: Rs.20 per head
Unakoti is one of the main reasons I wanted to visit Tripura. The thought of seeing huge stone sculptures on the face of mountains really excited me. Unakoti literally means “one less than a crore.” There are a number of legends about Unakoti and how it came into being.
Unakoti is a popular Shaivite pilgrimage of the Hindus. There are a number of rock-cut bas-relief images on the hill face, the most impressive one is the 30 feet image of Lord Shiva known as Unakotishwar Kal Bhairav. The other impressive statue is that of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Durga. The entire place is surrounded by greenery and forests. Visiting Unakoti had been one of our highlights in Tripura.
How to reach Unakoti: You can reach Unakoti from Agartala either by train or bus. You can take a train from Agartala to reach Dharmanagar, a small town 20 km from Unakoti. You can stay at Dharmanagar and make a trip to Unakoti. You can also take a bus from Agartala and reach Kailashahar, 10 km from Unakoti.
Both Dharmanagar and Kailashahar have decent hotels and guest houses.
Unakoti remains open from 8AM – 5PM everyday.
While we had known about Unakoti from before, we had not known about Chabimura. We came to know about the place after seeing an advertisement for Tripura Tourism Department. And we were completely bowled out. I knew that whatever happened, we have to visit the place.
Chabimura (mountain of pictures) is also known as Devatamura (mountain of Gods) and is located in Amarpur in Gomati district of Tripura. The place is a rare combination of nature and history. There are a few panels of images carved on the steep rocky walls of the hill along the Gomati River. These rock carvings are made on vertical rocks at a height of 250 metres. The best part is that you have to take a boat ride on the Gomati River to view the colossal panels.
The boat will take you through the river that is surrounded on both sides by dense vegetation. It was a surreal feeling to take a boat ride on the Gomati River. The first panel lies immediately on the right as you will start the boat journey. Finally, you have to travel downstream to see the final image of Devi Durga as Mahisasurmardini. Chhabimura was truly a revelation for us, another very strong reason for falling in love with Tripura.
How to reach Chhabimura: To visit Chhabimura, you have to reach Amarpur. Take a bus from Agartala or Udaipur to Amarpur town. From there take a local auto or car to visit the riverfront at Devatamura. From there, a boat ride on Gomati will take you all the way to the Mahisasur Mardini image.
Jampui hills run from north to south of the state in the eastern border of Tripura. It is the highest range in Tripura bordering Mizoram and stands at an altitude of above 3000 feet. Jampui Hills is known for its beautiful landscape and charming weather. The hills are inhabited by the Lushai Mizo tribes and the Reang tribes.
Different season offers a different view of the Jampui Hills. From October to December, the orange orchards on the hills are in full bloom and the entire region is painted in orange. Come March, the hills are full of beautiful and colourful orchids. The orchid season stays up to May. The rainy season between June to September is undoubtedly the most romantic one. There is greenery everywhere and misty clouds roll over the hill range.
The sunrise and sunset from the hilltop is also a sight to behold. The highest peak of Tripura ‘Betlingchhip’ falls in this hill range at an altitude of 3600 feet. You can get a panoramic view of Mizoram, Chittagong hill tracts and various other hill ranges of Tripura.
How to reach Jampui Hills: The place is 220 km from Agartala.
This is another destination in Tripura that has completely bowled me over. Dumboor lake is also located in Amarpur subdivision. The lake looks like a dumru (a small drum-like instrument said to be used by Lord Shiva) and hence got the Dumboor Lake. The lake is 41 sq km in area located on the confluence of River Raima and Saima and has about 48 islands in it. The small islets look like emerald green dots on the blue waters of the lake.
When we first reached Tirthamukh (that is what the place is called) and went to the Dumboor Lake, the first sight disappointed us. We had covered a long way from Agartala and the last bit of road was truly in bad condition. We felt that all the trouble was not worth it. After all, it looked like just another lake. We are personally not so fond of boating and so decided to give it a skip. Also, this is such an offbeat place, hardly any tourists visit here. We both were the only people there. A boat ride would cost us Rs2000! Usually, the boatman takes 10 people on a boat, so it becomes Rs200 per head. But there were no other tourists, so the entire amount was to be borne by us if we took the ride.
As I said, the first sight of Dumboor Lake did not impress us, so we decided not to take a boat ride. But a few locals constantly urged us to take the boat ride. They told us that we were missing out on some wonderful experience. Fortunately, another group of tourists came by at that time and they too wanted to take a boat ride. So with a bit of misgiving, we decided to go for the ride.
And thank god we did. Because Dumboor Lake turned out to be one of the most beautiful lakes I have visited. The nondescript lake suddenly turned out to be a ravishing beauty just as we rode the boat for a few minutes. The lake is simply vast, the water is totally blue in colour dotted with a number of emerald green islands. The boat ride turned out to be simply spectacular. I was reminded of our boat ride at Inle Lake of Myanmar. The boat took us to an island that was perhaps developed as a picnic spot. There is construction with rooms and toilets, but now all lying abandoned and uncared for. We stayed for about 15 minutes on the island and were back to the mainland.
The entire episode took about 2 and a half hours. And we were really happy that we finally took the boat ride. We would have really missed out on this place otherwise. At Dumboor Lake, we really wished that we had a drone. I am sure that drone pictures would turn out to be marvellous. And to be honest, if I again had to visit Dumbor Lake, I would pay the Rs 2000 to take the boat ride and explore the lake.
There is a hydel project near the lake from where the River Gomati originates. This area is called Tirthamukha. A big fair is held here every year on Pous Sankranti (falls on 14-15th January).
How to reach Dumboor Lake: Dumboor Lake is located in Amarpur district in Tripura. We could not find any direct local transport to the lake. We took a bus from Udaipur and reached Amarpur town. Buses to Amarpur are available from Agartala as well. From Amarpur, we hired a car to visit Dumboor Lake, which is about 40 km from Amarpur.
Pilak is another interesting archaeological site in Tripura that is a treasure house of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures. We were quite interested in visiting Pilak, but again time was a constraint for us. The sculptures excavated in Pilak are believed to belong to 8th and 9thcentury AD. There is a huge statue of Avalokiteshwar and Narasimha found in Pilak that looks quite impressive. We heard there are several statues and sculptures found in the area of different Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
Pilak festival is held here during the month of December.
How to reach Pilak: The nearest railway station is Jolaibari. You can take a train from Agartala and reach Jolaibari. From Jolaibari, Pilak is just 2 km. you can also take buses from Agartala or Udaipur to Jolaibari.
Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary
Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary is said to be the biodiversity hotspot of Tripura and the home to the famous spectacled monkey or Phayre’s Langur. But we were a bit disappointed with our visit. The Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of about 18 sq km, but the place is actually a bio complex having a botanical garden, zoo and eco-park. Tourists are actually not allowed to enter the wildlife sanctuary area and can only enter the zoo.
The zoo definitely has a large number of animals like leopard, clouded leopard, jungle fowl, civets, barking deer, wild pig, lions etc and a healthy primate population of spectacled langur, rhesus macaque, pigtailed macaque, capped langur, slow loris and hoolock gibbons. But all the animals are kept in captivity. We simply roamed around the zoo for some time looking at the people visiting the zoo rather than the animals. The spectacled langur is the state animal of Tripura and is found in the zoo. If you are lucky, you might see a few langurs in the wild.
Visit this place only if you are fond of zoos.
Kamalasagar and Kasba Kali Temple
Kamalasagar is located about 30 km from Agartala city near the Indo-Bangladesh border. Kasba Kali Temple is a red coloured temple standing in a serene location. The Kamalasagar Lake stands just in front of it, adding to its charm. Just beyond the lake is Bangladesh. The place is unique in itself. One can feel an inner calm in this place. We sat below the huge tree in front of the lake. At the same instant, while a devotional bhajan was being played in the temple, we also heard the distant sound of “azaan” coming from our neighbouring nation. It was at that time we could feel the sanctity of the place.
The ancient name of the place was Kamalagarh and Koilagarh. Maharaja Kalyan Manikya after defeating Surja, the then ruler of Bengal built a fort in the area and commissioned the construction of the temple. A township gradually developed surrounding the fort and Koilagarh came to be known as “Kasba” (meaning town). The construction of the temple was ultimately completed by Maharaj Dhana Manikya. He also dug a huge lake in front of the temple and named it Kamalasagar after his wife Kamala Devi.
Presently, Indo-Bangladesh border Haat (market) is held at Kasba near the temple which is also a huge attraction for tourists. The Haat is held every Sunday between 9.30AM to 3.00PM
Very recently, the remains of a Buddhist stupa was discovered at Boxanagar in the Sepahijala district of Tripura. The discovery of the Stupa, Chaityagriha, monastery and other Buddhist structure at Boxanagar have brought into front another aspect of art, architecture and history of Tripura that was hitertho unknown. Excavations went on from 2001-2004 when the massive red brick structure was unearthed. It is believed that these archaeological remains belong to the 6th century AD when Buddhism found a hold in this area.
We had not visited Boxanagar due to lack of time, but We intend to visit the place in our next visit to Tripura.
How to reach Boxanagar: Buses are available from Nagerjala bus stand in Agartala to Boxanagar. The distance between Agartala to Boxanagar is about 44 km. You can reach Nagerjala Bus stand from Agartala town by auto and buses.
Mahamuni Pagoda located in Manubankul is a recent addition in the tourist places in Tripura. This is a Buddhist shrine located about 134 km from Agartala. The shrine draws people from our neighbouring countries like Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Japan.
How to reach Manubankul: The nearest railway station is Jolaibari. From there, take any shared transport to Manubankul.
Accommodation: Mahamuni Tourist Lodge, Manubankul Phone No: 03823-275382.
Akhaura Integrated Checkpost
We were quite surprised to know that there is an integrated checkpost right near the Agartala city. We were driving in the busy market area and in the next moment we were looking at the border checkpost! The Akhaura Checkpost at India-Bangladesh Border was jointly inaugurated in November 17, 2013 by Union Home Minister of Indian and his Bangladeshi counterpart. The checkpost has been created to facilitate easier movement for goods and passengers across the Indo-Bangladesh border. It is the second-largest trading Indo-Bangladesh trading centre after Benapole-Petrapole in the Bongaon region of West Bengal.
But what is interesting here is the flag-lowering ceremony that is held here every evening. The flags of the two countries are lowered down in a co-ordinated ceremony by the military personnel of both the countries. It is said that a Beating retreating ceremony like that of Wagah Border (India-Pakistan border) is done here too. We have not been to Wagah, so do not know what happens there.
At Akhaura, the military personnel move in a coordinated manner at the sound of trumpet and beagle, one of them lowers down the flag and then the head shakes his hand with his counterpart in Bangladesh. The entire ceremony can be seen by people from both India and Bangladesh. You can take photographs of the event, but professional videography is strictly not permitted.
The entire programme occurs in a very coordinated manner. After it gets over, there is a general sense of emotional bonding between the people of both countries. They smile at and greet each other cheerfully, and even take selfies. Well, it is good to see so much bonhomie between the neighbours!
How to reach Akhaura ICP: Just take any auto or car from Agartala to reach Akhaura Checkpost. The ceremony starts at around 4.45PM and goes on for about 15-20 minutes. Do carry any of you ID cards with you.
Our Tripura Trip Itinerary
Our Tripura trip had been a very short one. We merely stayed in Tripura for 4 days. But we utilized these days to the full. As we were coming from Mizoram, we had taken shared sumo from Aizawl to Silchar. From Silchar, we decided to take the train to Tripura. Shared sumos are also available for Silchar to Agartala, but a train journey is always more comfortable.
So we took the Silchar – Agartala passenger from Silchar. But instead of travelling all the way to Agartala, we got down at Dharmanagar. Our Tripura tour thus started from Unakoti. Here is a detailed itinerary of our Tripura tour.
Day 1 | Silchar – Dharmanagar (by train)
We took the morning train from Silchar and reached Dharmanagar by noon. We stayed at a hotel near the main market area. We thought of visiting Unakoti that afternoon itself but later decided to visit there the next morning. We stayed at Hotel Panchabati in Dharmanagar.
Day 2 | Dharmanagar – Unakoti – Dharmanagar – Udaipur
We hired a car from Dharmanagar to Unakoti, explored and got awed by the bas relief structures of Unakoti and then came back to Dharmanagar by the same car. The car took Rs 1000.00 for the entire trip. You can also take a shared jeep going from Dharmanagar towards Kailasahar and get off near Unakoti.
From Dharmanagar, we took a passenger train to Udaipur at noon. We reached Udaipur in the evening and stayed at the Gunabati Tourist Logde just behind the Tripura Sundari Temple.
Day 3 | Udaipur – Neermahal – Udaipur
In the morning we explored the temples of Udaipur and then took a bus to Melaghar to visit Neermahal. After Neermahal, we were back at Udaipur.
Day 4 | Udaipur – Amarpur (Dumboor Lake & Chabimura) – Udaipur – Agartala
We took a very early morning bus from Udaipur to Amarpur (1 hour journey). We wanted to visit both Dumboor Lake and Chabimura in a day, as we were in short of time. At Amarpura, we could figure out how to reach Dumboor Lake. So we hired a car and went towards Dumboor Lake (40 km approx from Amarpur). After that, we returned to Amarpur and visited Chabimura (9 km from Amarpur market). You can get local auto from Amarpur that will take you to Chabimura.
After a day filled with adventure, we returned to Udaipur and took a late train to Agartala. Unlike the other northeastern states, we found Agartala awake and functioning all well quite late also.
Day 5 | Agartala
This day was totally devoted to Agartala. We visited the Ujjayanta Palace, Gedu Miyan Mosque, Sepahijala WLS, Kamalasagar and in the evening went to Akhaura Checkpost to see the flag down ceremony.
Day 6 | Agartala – Kolkata
Our brief Tripura trip was over. We wish to come back again to Tripura and explore the other attractions here.
Tripura Tourism | How to reach Tripura?
Agartala will probably be your first stop in Tripura tour. Agartala is well connected by air from Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Imphal, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Railway in Tripura is quite good. Agartala is well connected by railways from Howrah, New Delhi, Guwahati and Silchar.
You can also reach Agartala by road. Overnight buses are available from Guwahati as well as Shillong and Siliguri. Guwahati is about 587 km from Agartala and the journey is about 24 hours. Shared sumos are available from Silchar in Assam. Silchar is 250 km from Agartala.
Incidentally, Tripura is also connected by regular bus service to Dhaka in Bangladesh. The journey time to Dhaka by road is about 4-5 hours (distance is only 150 km), quite lesser than the time required from Guwahati.
Tripura Tourism | Getting around Tripura
Tripura is one of the northeastern states that can boast of better road conditions. The main roads and highways are all in excellent conditions. Only when it becomes remote that the roads become worse. All the major towns of Tripura are well connected by public buses. You will get buses from Agartala to Udaipur, Sarboom, Dharmanagar, Amarpur etc. The bus fare is also quite nominal. Bus fare from Agartala to Udaipur is Rs50 and the distance is about 50 km.
Buses from Agartala run from Nagerjala Bus stop. From Agartala town, Nagerjala bus stop is around 2.5 km and you can take an auto or rickshaw to get there. From Nagerjala, you will get buses from almost all the towns of Tripura.
The best part, however, is the train service in Tripura. As I have already mentioned, Udaipur has a railway station. Dharmanagar is the nearest railway station to Unakoti and you can reach Pilak and Mahamuni Pagoda by reaching Jolaibari or Sarboom by train. The local trains in Tripura are quite comfortable to travel and are yet to see the mad rush of train passengers.
Where to stay in Tripura?
All the major towns in Tripura have hotels and guest houses. Agartala has both luxury and budget hotels. Smaller towns like Dharmanagar, Kailasahar, Amarpur has hotels of budget category. You can get a single room or a dormitory bed at as low as Rs300 in Tripura.
If you are travelling with family, I would suggest you stay in the Tourism department lodges. All of them are in the best locations, though I cannot guarantee their prompt service there. The room in which we stayed at Gunabati Tourist Lodge in Udaipur was quite good and clean as well. But a water pipe in the bathroom was leaking and it was not repaired even after complaining. Well, we hardly stayed in the room for long, so it did not matter much to us.
You can book the tourist lodges online here.
What is the best time to visit Tripura?
Tripura has a tropical climate with warm summers and mild winters. The best time to visit Tripura is the winter between December to March. The weather remains cool in the morning to explore outdoors. For the rest of the year, the weather remains hot and humid. May to September is the monsoon season and Tripura remains prone to heavy rainfall.
We had visited in the month of October, just after the Durga Puja. There were pandals all around Tripura, just like the Durga Puja in Kolkata. While the days were quite sunny and warm, the weather remained clear without any rainfall. It was also not very hot either. We had arrived Tripura after Mizoram, where the temperature was colder and there was occasional rain as well. The weather in Tripura was completely opposite with sunny and clear skies. It was just perfect.
Tripura Travel Guide (FAQs Answered)
Q. Is it safe to travel to Tripura?
Yes, it is absolutely safe to travel to Tripura these days. Insurgencies, Naxalite movements are all things of the past. Just like the poachers who had converted into protectors in Bodoland, The insurgents of Tripura too have laid down their arms for a better life. Tripura is quite safe to travel now.
Q. How is the mobile and internet connectivity?
The major cities and towns have proper mobile and internet connectivity. Only when you go to the interiors, the internet connectivity gets poor. Both our Vodafone and Jio numbers worked fine in all the places we visited. Only at Dumboor Lake and Chabimura, we did not get internet connectivity.
Q. Is any permit required to visit Tripura?
Indians do not need any permit to visit Tripura. Foreigners too do not require any Protected Area Permit (PAP) to visit Tripura.
Q. Are there ATMs in Tripura?
Yes, ATMs are available all through the state. We found enough ATMs at Agartala, Dharmanagar and Udaipur. Of course, if you are travelling to remote places, it is better to carry cash.
Q. How is the local transport in Tripura?
The local transport in Tripura is excellent among the northeast states. Roads are good, buses are in plenty. The best part is, there is a railway connection between Agartala to Udaipur and all the way to Sabroom. Bus tickets are also quite cheap. From Agartala to Udaipur, it takes about Rs50-60. So backpacking across Tripura will definitely be not hard on your pocket.
Q. How is the food? Is vegetarian food available?
We found the food to be quite delicious. Tripura has a huge Bengali population and so Bengali food is available in plenty. Pork is quite a favourite here along with fish and chicken. We ate a fish chutney in almost all the restaurants in Tripura. You will also find a lot of options for vegetarians as well. Cost of food is also quite reasonable.
Q. How is the weather condition in Tripura?
Tripura has a tropical climate with hot summers and warm winters. The best time to visit the state will be between October to March. But even in October, the weather was quite warm and we were sweating profusely while exploring Unakoti and Neermahal in the sun.
Q. What to carry?
Carry light clothes for exploring Tripura during the morning. Proper shoes are also a must as there will be a lot of walking around. Do not forget to carry sunscreen with you, as in most of the places you will be walking around in the sun. if you are visiting during winter, carry enough woollens.
Q. How many days required to visit Tripura?
That depends totally on you and what you want to do. You can take 4 days or 40 days. The number of days will depend on which places you want to visit. A typical Tripura itinerary will have 6D/5N.
We had a wonderful time in Tripura, more so because we had not anticipated the state to be so welcoming and beautiful. It just felt that we were in our home – not only because Tripura is a predominantly Bengali speaking state, but also it did not judge its travellers, just like the other northeastern states. Tripura gets a huge recommendation from us. So when are you visiting Tripura?