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Pilak is located in south Tripura. Here one can find many images and structures of Buddhist and Hindu sects of 8 th and 12 th centuries. Spread across 10 sq kms, Pilak is now under ASI based 100 kms from Agartala.
A nice place for day outing!
Not so much popular in the tourist circuit, Tripura is a state in northeast India with charismatic influence! Spread across 10,491 sq kms of land, Tripura is known for its immense natural beauty and deep rooted cultural significance! It’s surrounded by Bangladesh, Mizoram and Assam. Though international tourists do not require a permit to visit this state, Tripura still remains quite unpopular with the foreign visitors and backpackers.
Agartala is the capital city of Tripura. It experiences tropical savannah type of weather with heavy rainfall in monsoons. The landscape is majorly covered by forests with few striking lakes and wildlife sanctuaries to discover; Tripura has highest population of monkeys and other primate species. The region is encircled by Atharamura, Jampui and Boromura hills, exotic valleys and rivulets all through. NH 8 is the only national highway that passes through this state as it’s located in a bit geographically detrimental position unlike other northeastern states. Also the position has deterred its development in trade and industry. Agriculture is the main economic activity of this place.
The culture of Tripura is heavily influence by Bengali traditions along with nineteen other ethnic groups and sub groups. With handful of palaces and temples and hills to explore, Tripura still has way to go in terms of tourism and business. Before planning your Tripura visit, make sure you take detailed information on its political condition especially if you’re interested in walking the secluded part!
People of Tripura are basically non vegetarians with mild blend of spices. Many Tripuris are Vaishnavas which makes vegetarian food quite popular as well. Fish, meat and vegetable falls into principal dietary of this state. Mui Borok is a special cuisine loved by the natives. Consists of Berma, a fermented fish, Mui Borok is made without oil making it an out and out healthy dish.
Other delicious Tripuri cuisines include fish curry, bangui rice, fermented fish, fish stews, meat roasts, bamboo shoots and many more. Local herbs are generously used in many Tripuri food items adding extra flavor. Chakhwi, Gudok, Utmai, Champrai and Chuak are the popular local items of this region.
People of Tripura are also fond of Chinese fare. A wide variety of Chinese cuisines are available in different food joints in Tripura as the state produces huge assortment of vegetables and rare herbs. When one is in Tripura, never miss out to savor lip-smacking Bengali cuisines. Dishes worth exploring!
This tribal Hindu land has different festivals and celebrations. Kharchi Festival is a popular festival held in Agartala. This royal festival continues for seven days in the month of July luring thousands of pilgrims and enthusiasts across the country. The word ‘Kharchi’ means cleaning and its origination stems from the word ‘khya’ which means earth. Therefore it’s an observance of cleaning and worshipping the Mother Earth and her post menstrual phase. It takes place in the temples of Puran Agartala and animal sacrifice is an important ritual of this festival. The city gets a festive mood during this time of the year as loads of different tribal and non tribal communities concentrate.
Garia Puja takes place on the seventh day of the month of April every year. Participated by Jhumia ethnic tribes, it commences in the month of March-April. Young people both men and women dressed in their traditional costumes participate in this harvest festival with lot of splendor and fervor. Bamboo pole is worshipped and considered as a symbol of Lord Garia. Sacrificing fowl chicken is an important custom of this festival as it’s believed that its blood to the Lord would bless the community with peace and harmony.
Just after Kharchi, Ker Puja is observed. A large bamboo signifies the vastu deity for this festival. Ker also signifies boundary wherein the main exit and entry points are sealed making it one of the strictest pujas in Tripura observed with stringent rules.
Festivals like Ganga puja, Durga puja, Ashokasthami, Do jatra, Pous Sankranti and Buddha Jayanti are some of the other main festivals of this region. Christmas and New Year is observed with equal pomp and show.
Boat race at Melaghar in August, Orange and tourism festival in Jampui Hill in the month of November and Nazrul festival are the must watch if one is in Tripura during those times!
Quite alike to other northeastern states, the culture of Tripura is a mix of Bengali traditions and tribal practices making it a unique Tripuri way of life. The land with diverse cultural background, Tripura celebrates every festival with equal importance and vitality. Bengalis comprise 70 percent of the population of Tripura and largest non-tribal community. Also Rabindranath Tagore was honored in Tripura. As a result, one will find the influence of Bengali cuisine, literature and music within the culture of this state.
Music and dance plays a pivotal role in Tripuri culture. Garia dance performed by the Garia tribes is an important festival of prosperity in Tripura. Also Hozagiri of Reang tribe and Bizu dance of Chakmas are equally well known and observed with opulence and show in every Bengali New Year. Tribal dances like hai-hak dance, sangrai dance and owa dance are performed with equal élan.
Bamboo and cane crafts are important handicrafts of Tripura. When it comes to sports, the state doesn’t lag behind. Football occupies a significant position being Ranji Trophy a key domestic competition of this land. Cricket, athletics, swimming and various indoor games comes next to it.
Some of the places like Unakoti, Pilak, Ujjanta Palace, Jampui Hills, Rose Valley Park, Neermahal Palace, and Mata Bari Temple etc. actually allow a traveler to peep into the real culture of this magnetic land!
Besides bamboo work, Tripura is known for handloom, mat products, jewelry works and astonishing rock carving. The vertical and horizontal stripes are traditional to this region making handloom as one of the primary crafts of this region. Wide varieties in embroidery available in multiple colors what makes the handloom of this region so special!
Floor mats, lamp shades, room partitions, bamboo made dining table and other furniture are unique to this region! Equally known in interior decoration like false ceilings, wall panels, plaques etc, Tripura arts and crafts are truly eye-catching and worth buying! Also woven fabrics and tribal jewelries occupy an important place in the arts & crafts of Tripura.
Most of the emporiums are located in Agartala from where one can purchases these exotic handicrafts and gift items. There are private stores and malls like ML Plaza to name a few.
Bengali is the main spoken and official language in Tripura. Kok-borok is the next widely used language in Tripura. People also address Bengali as Bangla or Banga Bhasha. In addition, Chakma, Manipuri, Halam and Rankhal are the other dialects spoken by many. Tripuris understand Hindi but doesn’t speak.
By Road: Julaibari is the nearest bus stop. It’s well connected to Agartala. From Julaibari one has to avail auto rickshaws to reach the site.
By Train: Kumarghat is the nearest rail head. It’s well connected to Silchar, Agartala and other places.
By Air: Agartala is the nearest airport. It’s well connected to Chennai, Coimbatore, Kolkata, Imphal and other places.GET DIRECTION
Won’t find many restaurants except road side joints selling local snacks and tea.One may also carry water and packaged food.
From October till March are the most favored months to visit Pilak!
The place is surrounded by paddy fields. Shyam sundar tilla, balir pathar, sagar deba and Thakurani tilla are the main attractions!
Agartala museum: 100 kms from Pilak, Agartala museum preserves age old Burmese and Buddhist sculptures.