Tripura is a part of North East India and also a part of the famous “Seven Sisters of India”. Tripura is also known as the land of Kirata because of the ancient “Kirata kingdom”.
Tripura means “near water”. “Agartala” is the capital of Tripura. Tripura is the third smallest state in India with an area of about 10,491.69 sq km. It shares borders with Assam, Mizoram on the east, and Bangladesh on the other three sides. It has a population of around 3.6 million and comprises 0.3% overall country’s population.
Tripura was once ruled by the ancient Manikya Dynasty for a long time. Before the Independence of India, it used to be a princely state and in 1949 it was merged with the Republic of India.
As a landlocked state, Tripura only has access to the whole country through a single highway and that is National Highway 8. Before independence, Tripura was an independent princely state and in 1949, Tripura signed a pact with India to join. But, in 1971 full statehood was restored under the act of North-Eastern Areas recognition act 1971 with Agartala as capital. In 2015, India signed a pact with Bangladesh for road transportation through Dhaka which is Known as Bangla Corridor to connect Agartala and Kolkata. With this road, the distance between the two cities was reduced by 1350 km.
Tripura has many clans that include Debbarma, Jamatia, Reang, Noatia. And Bengali culture has a great influence in Tripura as Tripura maharajas supported it.
Bengali literature, Bengali music, and Bengali cuisine are some of the cultural elements that are widespread in the state. Tripura is very famous for its handicrafts made from wood and bamboo. Especially sarinda, chongpreng are some ancient handmade wooden musical instruments of Tripura.
Economy and Education
Tripura is also one of the major agriculture-based economies and the literacy rate in Tripura is very high at 87.75% and stands in fourth place all over the country.
Places to visit in Tripura
There are many places to visit in Tripura and many tourists from all around the world visit every year.
The capital city of Tripura is very famous for its alluring beauty and landscapes. And also it has many ancient structures and buildings to see. Ujjayanta Palace is one of the most famous places to visit in Agartala.
Amarpura is a very famous picnic place for tourists. Many people visit Amar Sagar, an artificial lake created in the 16th century. And also each year in February they conduct a flower exhibition.
It is very famous for its Neermahal which is surrounded by Rudra Sagar lake. Each year they celebrate the Durga puja festival and decorate the whole town.
It is a very famous place in Tripura state, especially for its Tripura Sundari Devi Temple and also there is a Kalyan Sagar lake near the temple. The city is located on the banks of the Gomai River.
Tripura is one of the landlocked states in the country and is also isolated from the rest of the country. Until recently, Tripura lacked behind. But the Indian government specially focused on the development of Tripura state.
Tripura is a state with wonderful ancient cultures and places. And everyone needs to visit it at least once in their lifetime.