Nestled with its six sisters at the northeast corner of India, Tripura is surrounded by Bangladesh from three sides. The tiny state is a young state as it joined the Indian Republic in 1972. Tripura, which culturally affluent, now draw an increasing flow of domestic tourists. The royal palaces and temples of the state are the center of exhibition of Tripura’s rich masonry and craftsmanship.
Agartala is the prime attraction of Tripura since this city has a number of tourist spots most of which are religious centers. One of the important places of interest in Agartala is Ujjayanta Palace. This well known royal house is situated amidst gardens of Mughal style and shows a mixed architecture with domes as a prominent feature in the building. Other places of interst in Agartala are Tribal Museum, Laxminarayan Temple, Jagannath Temple, Uma Maheswar Temple, Benuban Bihar, Gedu Mian Mosque, Malancha Niwas, Fourteen Goddess Temple, Rabindra Kanan and Portuguese Church.
Legends say that Tripura received its name from the temple of Tripura Sundari at Udaipur. It is a famous temple that was built during 1501 by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya. The state is a well know pilgrimage site and several devotees come to Tripura to earn goodness by visiting these pious temples. The city of Udaipur has another temple Bhuvaneswari temple that is situated beside the ruins ff a palace. One of the most awe inspiring structures in Tripura is the rock carving of Unikot. Interesting legend backs the construction of this rock carving and stone images and rock-carved figures show intricate designs and flawless craftsmanship.
The royal heritage of Tripura is displayed by the palaces which are still in a good state of preservation. The magnificent lake side named Neer Mahal is a unique specimen of architectural blend of Hindu and Mughal style of construction. Placed within the middle of a vast lake used to be the retreat of Maharaja Birbikram Kishore.