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Happy Holidays – Tripura

Tripura is a State in North-East India. Nestled in the remote northeast hills of India, bordering Assam and Mizoram, Tripura is one of the most romantic places. Tripura is replete with a host of enchanting tourist attractions. Ujjayanta Palace is one of the prime attractions in Tripura. The palace is the royal residence of the Manikya Kings of Tripura, featuring massive Mughal style gardens, splendorous tile floor, lofty ceilings and aesthetic doors of curved wood. In the grounds of the palace, there are two temples – Umanneshwar and Jagganath – both of which are in somber ochre colour. The city is also home to State Museum, Tribal Museum, a number of temples and Buddhist sites. Another major place of attraction is the Kunjaban Palace that is located at a distance of 1 km from the Ujjayanta Palace on a picturesque hillock. The exquisite southern part of the Palace is open to the public and has been named as Rabindra Kanan. Located about 55 km from Agartala is Neermahal, the water palace, which is arguably Tripura’s most important tourist destination. It is a summer resort built in the middle of a lake named Rudrasagar. Deotamura is a salubrious spot on the banks of River Gomati, renowned for its rock-cut images. The images of all major Hindu deities like Shiva, Ganesh, Vishnu, Kartikeya, Mahishasur Mardini Durga and other gods and goddesses are skillfully carved out of stone. The massive images on the vertical rocks are exceptionally grand. There are about 37 rock cut images located on the hill and boat travel is available for tourists to visit the place and partake in the scenic view of the hill and its sculptures. Pilak is indeed a place of attraction for its archaeological remains of 8th and 9th centuries AD. Located at a distance of 100 km from Agartala, Pilak seems a combination of shrines of Hindu and Buddhist faiths. Unakoti is widely known for its rare stone and rock cut images of the 7th – 9th century AD. The place is rich with many rock-cut sculptures and quite a few made out of sandstone. Green vegetation all around further enhances the aesthetic value of the place. Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary is a vast forestland, rich in various flora and fauna. One can spot the rare breeds of spectacled monkeys, deer and as many as 150 species of birds. The romantic lake, Kamala Sagar is abundantly popular with the picnickers while the Kali Temple atop the hillock, that draws streams of devotees, dates back to the 17th Century. Jampui Hill in Tripura is the highest hill range of Tripura – situated at an altitude of 3000 ft. above sea level. Various view points in the Jampui Hill range provide awe-inspiring views of the valley. The sunrise and sunset from different points on the Jampui Hills is an optic feast that no one should miss. Tripura boasts of various species of migratory birds that are noticed during the winter and it has rich reservoir of natural and cultured fish. The natural beauty, the pleasant weather, the rich flora and fauna, orchids and orange gardens, grand architecture and rich cultural heritage makes it an ideal destination for the visitors.

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