Famous orange festival in Tripura

Author: Lily Sharker
Date: 2019-12-12

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Orange and Tourism Festival are conducted at Jampui Hills in Tripura, a small state in Northeast India, which is the only place where beautiful oranges are cultivated. It is a festival to celebrate the bounty of Nature and the gift that Mother Earth has presented her children. These hills constitutes of a hill range stretching from North to South with an average altitude of 1000 metres from the sea level. The Jampui hills nurture 10 small villages and most inhabitants are from the Mizo community. This is a celebration where the people of Tripura forget all the dark times, enjoy and sing the Almighty’s grace for whatever positive and good happened. Nowhere in India can one get a dazzling colorful experience with oranges decorated in such artistic and creative designs to portray the creed and culture of our country.

What time of the year does it start?
Orange festival starts in the month of November when the beautiful Jampui ranges look orange in color from far, due to the overwhelming amount of oranges growing there. The trekking experience through the hills covering the gorges and parishes throughout the valley makes it an experience of a lifetime for a tourist.

History of Orange Festival
Orange plantation started in Jampui hills in the early 60s, however it was mostly for self-consumption. Later when the people realized the value of marketing the fruits throughout the country, they started orange plantations on more lands, on the valleys of the hills. The commercial value for the Jampui oranges changed the economy and lifestyle of the Jampui population there. Jampui oranges won the first position for the best fruits completion held at New Delhi in the 1980s. With this recognition, more and more tourists from other parts of India as well as abroad started visiting these hills and hence the economy from tourism increased exponentially.

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