Explore Tripura - The Less Travelled Trails
Arrival at Agartala by morning flight.Post breakfast visit the MBB College, Jagannath Temple and other temples in Agartala city.In the evening enjoy the Sound & Light Show at Ujjayanta Palace. (Please Note: This palace is now the State Secretariat so entry is allowed after 5 pm in the Palace Lawns).
MBB College : Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishor Manikya Bahadur, the last illustrious king of Tripura was the architect and founder of this pioneering institution of higher learning in the state which was established in the year 1947.The sprawling college campus is spread over an area of 234 acres with lush green fields bordered with exotic varieties of trees and winding lakes haunted by migratory birds in winter. Amidst these bounties of nature stands the imposing main college building, a fine specimen of Mughal architectural style designed by late Maharaja himself.
Jagannath Temple : This is a temple of Vaishnava school of thought.It is famous not only from the pilgrim's point of view, it is also a remarkable architectual feat with its octagonal base and its impressive "pradhkshin patha" round the sanctum. The pillars are crowned by square and pyramidal cones.
Ujjayanta royal house, which stands in the capital city of Agartala covering 1 sq.km. area was built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya during 1899-1901.It is a two storied mansion, having a mixed type of architecture with three high domes, the central one being 86’ high.The magnificent tile floor, curved wooden ceiling and beautifully crafted doors are particularly notable. The palace is set with huge Mughal style gardens, beautified by pools. Flood lighting and fountains add value to its beauty.
Transfer to Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary .Visit the Bio Complex in the afternoon and take boat-ride in the lake in the evening. A night safari may yield interesting spottings.
Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary :The story goes that there was a camp of sepoys of the then Maharaja of Tripura on the side of marshy area locally called - JALA’ near existing Forest Training School. Thereafter the name of this place was coined as Sepahijala. This area was highly rich in fauna and flora. With the increasing population, the pressure on the forest area of Sepahijala was also increased resulting in diminishing of forest cover. In order to protect this hot spot of bio-diversity an idea of setting up of Bio-complex was mooted and therefore the Sepahijala Bio-complex came into existence in the year 1972 with setting up of a small Botanical garden and a small Deer Park. The Deer park was gradually raised in the form of a Zoo.In order to ensure better conservation of bio-diversity of this area Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary was constituted on 2nd February 1987.
The sanctuary has 456 plant species of monocotyledon and dicotyledon. Trees of Sal, Chamal, Garjan and Kanak exist predominantly. The secondary species consist of Pichla, Kurcha, Awla, Bahera, Hargaja, Amlaki, Bamboos and grasses.Agar (aggreria agglocha) (the state tree), Nageshwar (Mesua ferrea - state flower), Dukul (the green Imperial pegion-state bird) and groups of Spectacled langur (Phary’s leaf monkey-State animal) can easily be sighted inside the sanctuary area. Presbytis, or spectacled langur, an endemic species of Tripura is abundant here. Tropical moist deciduous Forest of Sepahijala harbors five different species of primates like Rhesus Macaque, Pigtailed Macaque, Capped Langur, Spectacled Langur, Slow loris and a lot of many other wild animals.More than 100 species of birds are found here. Wonderful habitat of Sepahijala attracts lot of migratory birds.
Birdwatching in and around the lodge inside the forest. Walk down to the only watch-tower inside the forest to see the forest canopy which may yield spotting of Spectacled Monkeys.
After breakfast shift to Udaipur. Stay at Gomti Tourist Lodge. After Lunch see the lakes and temples of Udaipur including the old dilapidated palace of Tripura Maharajas (now in ruins) besides Gomti River.
Udaipur is dotted with temples the most famous of which is the Tripura Sundari temple - one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. The temple was constructed by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya Debbarma in 1501. There is a big lake besides the temple known as Kalyan Sagar. Bhubaneshwari Temple is another famous temple here.
After breakfast leave for Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary.Stop at Matabari to visit Tripura Sundari Temple.Enjoy boating in the lake in the afternoon. Enjoy the night safari which can yield Slow Loris, Leopard Cat etc.
Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for Bisons locally known as - Gaba - and home to several species of - Primates. It has a numbers of perennial water rivulets, water bodies, grass lands which makes it a good habitat for birds.
Enjoy bird watching in the morning. You can also able to see Capped Langurs, Spectacled Monkeys and Hoolock Gibbons throughout the day.
Start from Trishna WLS after breakfast. Have Lunch at Melaghar. Visit Rudrasagar Lake and take a boat to see Neermahal Palace with exquisite gardens on an island. Return after sunset and see the lights of the palace at 5 pm from the shore of Rudrasagar lake. Return to Agartala by dinner time.
Neermahal the water palace, built in 1930 by Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya as summer resort is located at a distance of about 53 km. From Agartala. It is one of the good combination of assimilation between Hindu and Muslim architectural, design.
It is located in the center of a lake covering an area of 5.3 sq. km. This spectacular edifice still reflects the wave of its past glory and castes its spell on the mind of the visiting tourists.
Well laid gardens. And flood lighting add colour to the beauty. In winter large number of migratory birds are seen in Rudrasagar Lake surrounding the palace.
Check out from Hotel. Tour ends.