Hills in Northeast India

Straying Off The Regular Tracks: Tourist Places in Tripura and rest of Northeast India

Author: Tanuja Rai
Date: 2020-03-27

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Northeast India is the eastern part of the nation comprising of eight different states nestled in the lap of the great Himalayas. These states have similar kind of landscapes, and most of them are untouched and unexplored, which is why the natural beauty of these places are unspoiled and are worth praising. The eight states of Northeast India are also famously known as the “seven sisters and a brother.” Seven sisters comprise of seven Northeastern states of India, namely Tripura, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, and Meghalaya; one and only brother of these seven states is Sikkim. These states in the Northeast region of India have many places that are popular tourist attractions. And a large number of tourists visit these places every year from other parts of India and around the world. All these Northeast Indian places feature a number of gems hidden within. If you are a traveler or just a person visiting these places for holidays, you will surely love exploring them. There are many places in this part of India that are a treat to the eyes. Each state has a unique identity of its own, but the people in all these places are welcoming, warm, and hospitable.

The unspoiled and untouched beauty of states such as Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, and Sikkim with many waterfalls, caves, rivers, monasteries, etc; numerous National Parks of Assam; a cultural wonderland of Nagaland and Mizoram; and the historical architectures of Tripura are just a few reasons why these places in Northeast India are worth visiting. These eight states are also considered as some of the assets of India.


Tripura is one of the best places to visit in the Northeast region of India. It is one of the smallest states in India that is least explored and traveled. Famous for its beautiful hills and valleys, rich wildlife, tribal settlement, historical architectures, age-old temples, ancient palaces, and archaeological sites, Tripura is one of the places in India you must visit for an amazing experience as a traveler.

Best time to visit: November-February
How to reach: By air: Agartala Airport; By rail: Kumarghat Station; By road: Guwahati-Agartala via NH 44.

There are many interesting places for tourists to visit in this small state of India. A few of the most famous places in this beautiful Indian state are:

(1) Ujjayanta Palace

Located at the heart of the capital city Agartala, Ujjayanta Palace was built in 1901 in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. It has magnificent tiled floors, lovely doors, and curved wooden ceilings. It was treated as the meeting place for the Tripura Legislative Assembly till 2011 but now serves as a museum and a popular attraction for tourists from India and all over the world. Take a tour of the Palace’s throne room, durbar hall, library, and public halls, enjoy the fountains, and learn about Tripura’s history at the museum. You have to take a boat to reach the Palace.

Location: Indranagar, Agartala
Best time to visit: October-March

Ujjayanta Palace, Tripura

Ujjayanta Palace, Tripura

(2) Neermahal Palace
Neermahal Palace is also known as “the lake of Tripura”; it is the largest palace of its kind in the entire Indian subcontinent. It is one of the most popular places for tourists in this Northeastern state of India. In the olden days when this Palace was run by the royals, it was considered as the summer palace for the king and his family. This beautiful Palace is located in the middle of Rudrasagar Lake in Tripura, India. The flower beds and the lawns make this place the best. 

Location: Melaghar
How to reach: Take a cab from Agartala to Nagerjala. From here, take a bus or shared cab to Melaghar.
Best time to visit: September-November

Neermahal Palace, Tripura

Neermahal Palace, Tripura
(3) Jagannath Temple:
There are many Jagannath temples in India in different places and one of them is in Tripura Agartala. This temple is a famous religious site. It is dedicated to the Hindu gods Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra. If you are looking for experiencing tranquility while visiting places and want to offer prayers to the gods, do visit this beautiful old temple in Northeast India in Tripura. Like other places in India, this place will also stun you with the beauty of its spectacular architecture and surroundings.

Location: Krishna Nagar, Agartala
Best time to visit: Throughout the year or July to witness the Ratha Yatra Festival

(4) Unakoti:
Unakoti is 180km away from the capital city of Tripura. In the Northeast region of India, it is one of the popular places for tourists to visit. It is a group of rock-cut sculptures. Among many sculptures is a 33 feet high bust of Lord Shiva with 11 feet high headgear, which has been partly broken now. This place is considered as one of the sacred places by the people of Tripura and Indian tourists. The stone carvings of this place have been thrilling Indian archaeologists for decades. Unakoti literally translates to “one less than a crore” (10 million), with a number of legends and myths associated with it. It is counted amongst Tripura’s best-kept secrets.

How to reach: The nearest station is Kumaraghat. Take a cab to Unakoti from the station. The drive takes 45-60 minutes.
Best time to visit: October-April

Rock carvings at Unakoti

Rock carvings at Unakoti

(5) Jampui Hills:
Jampui Hills in Tripura is also known as “the eternal hills of spring” mainly because of the pleasant climate in this area all year round. The hills are always lively and beautiful no matter what season it is. Large numbers of tourists visit Jamupi Hills every year among other popular places. The lush green hills, with plantations of orchids and tea, provide a good vantage point to view the valleys below. Oranges are planted along the slopes in these hills that add to the beauty of this place. It is a place you must visit in Northeast India in Tripura.

How to reach: From Agartala, take a cab directly to Jampui Hills, or take a train to Dharmanagar and then cab it from there, or take a bus from Chandrapur in Agartala to Kanchanpur and then on to Jampui Hills.
Best time to visit: November. The Orange Festival also takes place at this time.


These are just a few of the famous places to visit in the Eastern part of India in Tripura, but there are more. Apart from Jampui Hills, Chittangong Hills in Agartala is also famous for its picturesque view that comprises mini-mountains with multiple valleys. You may also be glad to know that there are seven rivers meandering across these valleys that add to its beauty.


If you would also like to explore the wildlife of Tripura then you may be excited to hear that there exists wildlife sanctuaries and is home to a variety of wildlife especially birds and primates in Tripura. Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary in Agartala is not only home to wildlife but it is also a research and academic center. Many lakes are present within the sanctuary, with the availability of a boating facility. 

Another wildlife sanctuary is the Gondacherra Wildlife Sanctuary in Agartala where the untainted habitat of multiple species of flora and fauna can be found. Tigers, wild horses, bison, aquatic life, and many migratory plus local birds can be spotted here. These sanctuaries are rich in flora, fauna, and avifauna and are treasured in India.