About a 100 km away from Agartala, the capital city of Tripura, one of the seven sister states in the Northeast region of India, in Santir Bazar Sub-division lies Pilak, a place famous for its great 8th-12th century archaeological remains. This ancient site is one belonging to an ancient civilization, which represents the co-existence of both Hinduism and Buddhism religions. The site of Pilak is located in the center of the ancient city of Avolokiteswara and Narasimhan in Tripura with numerous carvings in stone and terracotta plaques. The site is still being excavated – there is more to be revealed yet. Other points of interest in the area are Shyam Sundar Tilla, Deb Bari, Thakurani Tilla, Balir Pathar. An important event here is the Pilak Tourism Festival.
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This wildlife sanctuary covers an area of about 163.08 square kilometres (62.97 sq mi). It is about 35 kilometres away from the town of Pilak and is connected with Agartala, the capital city of Tripura, by the state highway. The sanctuary has an area of 194.708 square kilometres. This sanctuary has a number of perennial water rivulets, water bodies, as well as grassland. This sanctuary also has patches of virgin forests which are rich in rare vegetation. Apart from the Indian Gaur (Bison) which is a major attraction, there are also varieties of birds, deers, hollock gibbon, golden langur, capped langur, Pheasant and many other animals and reptiles. Visiting Time: 9:00 AM to 5.00 PM closed on Tuesday.
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The important places in the site are Shyam Sundar Tilla, Deb Bari, Thakurani Tilla, Balir Pathar, Basudev Bari and Sagar Deba. The art form and style that is followed in the making of the images and in the sculptures appear to have a remote resemblance to the sculptural and architectural style of the Palas and Guptas of Bengal. Influence of Arakan, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and local style is discernible in the form and style of Pilak images and sculpture. The number of rock-cut images and terracotta plaques are lying scattered in various places of the area.
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