3 Days in Tripura

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Highlights of the Trip:

Day 0: Reach Agartala Airport by Evening Flight.
Stay at: Geetanjali Tourist Lodge.

Day 1: Transfer to Unakoti in the morning. Post Lunch visited Unakoti Hill.
Stay at: Unakoti Tourist Lodge.

Day 2: Transfered to Melaghar by evening. On the way visited Sepahijola Sanctuary and Zoo, Bhubaneswari and Gunabati Temples, Ma Tripureswari Temple.
Stay at: Sagarmahal Tourist Lodge.

Day 3: Visited Neermahal Palace in the Morning. Transfered to Agartala Airport. On the way visited Ujjayanta Palace and Jagannath Bari.
Evening flight to Kolkata.

April 29: Day 0

We had 5:40 flight from Kolkata to Agartala. It was a smooth journey, surprisingly the Spicejet flight landed early at Agartala Airport. (I don’t know how it is possible. Boarding was full before time and so the planed started moving before time, but nearly 30 min early !!!)

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Evening has just set in there at Agartala. We felt hot and humid weather there too but not as much as Kolkata. We called up our driver who will be with us for the entire trip. Car arrangement was done from Kolkata earlier along with hotel bookings through Diamond Tour and Travels. Our driver Manu Saha was very interactive and friendly. He came within 10 minutes with his EECO car. We noticed lot of EECO cars running in Agartala more than any other car. On the way to Geetanjali Guest house Mr. Saha showed us the Tripura Government Place. The area was very quiet and empty.

Manuda left us and promised to reach here with his car next morning within 9 am.
We had AC Double Bed Room. The room was very large and very comfortable. Food was tasty and price is reasonable. Within one hour thunderstorm started followed by heavy rain. We hoped that, may be next day will be pleasant for us.

April 30: Day 1

I woke up at 5:30 AM in the morning. Without seeing the watch, I thought it is may be 7 or 7:30 in the morning. I was surprised to see it is only 5:30, and the sun is so bright!
A view from our room’s window

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We had delicious Puri Sabji and Tea in breakfast. And within 8:30 we all along with my 5 year old kid were ready to start. We called up our driver to come as soon as possible, since we had no time to waste as we know we had to have a long journey to Unakoti. We checked out from Geetanjali Guest House and started for Unakoti sharp at 8:45 AM.
Before leaving city, Manuda showed as Agartala Railway station building which is a grand white huge one.

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It was already scorching heat outside, people took shelter under tree shadow.

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On the way we crossed two rivers, Sonai and Khowai, a few Tea gardens. We could not believe our eyes. Tea gardens… at this height and in this temperature?

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Most of the following photos are taken from moving car through car window glass.
It was too much suffocating hot outside and no air is blown. We stopped the car on a river bridge to step outside to feel the breeze over the river. Oh it was hot moist feeling only, no trace of breeze. Quickly we got into AC car after taking few photos.

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This part of Tripura reminded us of Khowai area of Birbhum. Area after hilly area is cut down into plain area.

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3 Days in Tripura
#2 May 25th, 2017, 14:35
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This part of Tripura reminded us of Khowai area of Birbhum. Area after hilly area is cut down into plain area.

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Driver Manuda was talking with us while driving very smoothly. He said every day when sun is hot during day time, evening sees thunderstorm and the night becomes pleasant. And he also said, Tripura was not such hot earlier. Poor people of rural Tripura always searches for means to make money. They started Rubber plantation and it gives them earnings year after year after one time only investment. These rubber forests are increasing average temperature here, he said.
I got to know, Tripura now has become 2nd largest rubber producing state in India. First is Kerala. This rubber plantation has huge environmental effect. See the following article if interested.
http://www.cwejournal.org/vol9no3/do...rtheast-india/

A rubber forest, clicked on the way,

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We stopped road side and I stepped into such a rubber forest to see the trees closely.

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Rubbers are let dry

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Some landscapes of Tripura

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Another cultivation and mean of earning of Tripura is Bamboo and Cane. We got to see bamboo and cane plantations everywhere.

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A road side temple.

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We noticed some huge water tanks on road side in many shapes of water containers. See one of them,

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During our journey, we got to see an elephant too

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Very interesting, Aheli !



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Ultimately we reached Kailashahar around 1 PM at noon. We decided to have lunch there before checking into Hotel. We learned after, that was a very good decision. As the Unakoti lodge is at little more distance from Kailashahar towards Unakoti, we had not informed at our lodge to make some lunch for us and a huge power cut was going on there. When we finally we entered our room by 2 pm, not a single tourist was there in the lodge except us. In such hot afternoon, booking an AC room went vein and we were sweating and sweating. No generator was there in the lodge. The room was okay and bathroom was good with plenty of running water, which was our only option to get some relief. We bathed till felt okay. Since without a fan or AC we could not get rest in the room, we started for Unakoti Hills a few moments later around 3 pm. Within 15 minutes we reached a wonderful place, Unakoti hills.

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Despite getting baked under hot sun and profusely sweating in such humid suffocating weather, we loved the scenery and greenery. The huge rock carved god and goddesses on the hill sides, a small water falls that gives some cool feeling by its sound and touch, up and down rocky stairs was creating a unique environment. And we felt it worth our tedious tiresome journey.

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Mythological story on the place is this, Shiva along with his follower god and goddesses total one crore in number was going from Kailas to Kashi. On the way here in the hills, they took rest for the night. Shiva told others to wake up next day before the sun rises and they will resume their journey. But being too much tired, no one except Shiva himself could get up before the sunrise. And Shiva, as we know is very short tempered god, became angry and cursed all other companion gods to sleep here forever and turned them into rock statues. Then he left the place. So one less than a crore (in Bengali “Unakoti”) number of god stayed back here as rock statues. Later tribal artists here made those faces and statues in remembrance of the mythological story.
Some more pictures of Unakoti

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A few priests have started puja there.

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Unakoti hill staircases and landscape.

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We roamed there in Unakoti hills for around 2 hrs. We clicked photos, soaked foot in cool water of the thin water falls, but could not get a relief breeze.



Fern filled Unakoti hill slope.

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At 5:30 we started from there towards our hotel to take rest.
We thought power is may not yet back, as they said it may go on till 6 pm. We entered an Temple nearby, which is very popular one, Manuda said. We noticed a CCTV camera there!!!

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Bangladesh border is very near to Kailashahar. We drove along the border for a few minutes and clicked the fenced border from moving car.

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On returning to our room, we found fan light AC all are working very well, we were happy, because after a long tiring day of journey, finally we shall be able to take good rest. We must were too much happy, I think now.
We had tea and snacks in the evening, my kid enjoyed cartoon in tv, we had wonderful rice-dal-potato fry-omelet-chicken curry dinner and gone sleeping. Just then, strong thunderstorm started again and electricity went off.

In the evening we noticed there are mosquitoes and insects in the room and more are trying to come in through the windows. While checking the windows, we found 2 or 3 window door locks are broken, they are just closed very tightly.

During the storm, we feared, the windows may open or break. Thankfully, that did not happen, but the electricity did not come back for the entire stay till the morning. When the rain and storm stopped, we could not open the window to let some fresh cool air come in due to fear of mosquitoes and insects. We waited with mobile torched on. Our mobiles were showing low battery. Actually they could not be charged due to load shedding. So to survive with mobile torch for the rest of the night was impossible.
After waiting for some time, we went for a light/candle hunt in the dark lonely lodge with our mobile torch. Though no caretaker or cook could be spotted, we searched out a candle and a packet of matches containing only 3 matches . The night went fanning my sleeping kid, listening to crickets' sound and hopelessly waiting for electricity.

Next day, early morning we started from Unakoti. We hoped to take some nap in our AC car. But we found EECO is not a good car to take rest or nap. It has no head support for backseats. And the front seated person cannot sleep as driver may get distracted. All the way long, we dozed.
This day our goal was to see Sepahijola zoo, temples of Udaipur and to reach Sagarmahal Tourist lodge at Melaghar in the evening. This day’s planning was done by our driver Manuda. And at the end of the day, we found the plan was perfect and we covered all we desired. Unakoti to Melaghar is around 6 hours' distance, so today was the most tiring day and we had no night’s sleep. Anyway, we went on. The scenery outside was cool and green. We enjoyed cool breeze of early morning.

Sepahizola is very nice and rich with natural flora and fauna. We had no time to roam in sanctuary, so instead we visited the zoo.

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The zoo itself is very large. There were many animals to see, pointing out a few here. We saw some Langoors,

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Resting cheetah

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One restless lioness

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A couple of Lion and lionesses could be spotted having mid-day nap.

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The zoo was very green with some rare trees marked with their names.

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We spotted variety of cats.

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But the royal Bengal tiger did not showed up. May be he was resting in some cozy hideouts. The spectacled monkeys, famous ones were cutest of all. They watched us curiously as we did.

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A huge area is reserved for different kind of deer too. But they were too far to click a good photo of them.

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Suddenly I heard a sound nearby, and caught a squirrel in action just by the railing.

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A herd of beautiful spotted deer could be seen.

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Anyway, our kid was happy with this zoo.

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Our next destination was Udaipur area of Tripura which is known for temples. We reached Udaipur in afternoon. First we went to see Bhuvaneswari Devi temple, reference was found in Rabindranath Tagore’s Biswarjan drama and Rajarshi novel. The temple was under renovation. It was small neat and clean. And the difference in the structure is that, top of the temple is not angular, it is like a dome.

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One statue of Tagore was also there.

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The “Dalan” of the ruined Palace of Manikya kings ....this area was not accessible for tourists. I clicked this photo through fence gap.

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View of beautiful countryside there.

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Neglected Lakshmi Narayan temple.

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A few meters from here lay the compound of Gunabati group of temples. The temples were named after the queen Gunabati Devi of King Govinda Manikya.

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Our last place to visit for the day was Tripura Sundari Temple or Matabari temple. Since it was late afternoon, no queue was there for the Puja. We were among a few who offered puja to Mata at this odd hour of the day. We took peda and other things required for puja from a local stall, kept shoes and other belongings there. Our driver suggested buying enough peda as it tastes too good here. Shop owner told to keep them in dry rice (“Muri”) to preserve for many days.

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What a bright red is painted

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Temple premises

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Just beside the temple is Kalyansagar, a large pond (“Dighi”), full of various fishes and large ages old turtles. They swim on the surface of the water.

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Feeling Nostalgic Aheli.. Great coverage. You have just missed Jampui. Another fantastic place.
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