A beautiful village in an equally beautiful state, Amarpur is a scenic and serene getaway in Tripura. Tripura, a part of the north eastern seven sisters, is the third smallest in terms of size and is the most populated by tribal communities. Almost 19 different tribes have taken up residence in this state. Considered at a huge disadvantage, Tripura doesn’t have access to any amenities despite being a part of modern and independent India. It still lags behind in economy, education, job opportunities due to its isolated geographical location.
Amarpur is a Bengali-centric town situated in the Gomati district. It can only be reached through one road, which goes through the capital, Agartala. This famous picnic spot has much more to give and to show. The best 5 places to visit when in Amarpur are mentioned below.
Called as Debtamura or Chambimura in local dialect, this hill is situated on the banks on the river Gomati. It is famous for its row of in-rock scriptures and carvings of various Hindu deities. Clearly seen among them are carvings of Shiva, Durga, Mahisasur, Kartik and Vishnu. It is called the ‘Peak of Gods’ rightfully. The walls are steep and hold the 16th century carvings in good form. You can only reach here through a boat ride across the river.
2. Dumboor Lake
48 islands adorn this lake covering almost 41 sq kms. of water surface. The rivers Raima and Sarma drain into this lake and this lake is also the source of the mighty river Gomati called Tirthmukha. The water supply of river Gomati is controlled by a Hydel Dam. On 14th of January annually, the Makr Sankranti Mela takes place here. Bird watching is the most famous activity here, as the trees and forests around the lake provide a natural habitat for migrated and local bird species. It also serves as an amazing picnic spot. Water sports are also offered for adventure seeking tourists. The lake gets its name from the shape of Lord Shiva’s instrument, Dambru.
3. Amar Sagar Lake and Fatik Sagar Lake
This artificial lake was built in the 16th century, by King Amar Manikya Dev Burman, during the reign of the Tripuri royal family. The lake is as vast as 20 hectares. The southern bank houses the temple dedicated to Goddess Mangal Chandi. The lake provides a great view and an incredible point of rest for a picnic. There are various places to eat and sit around the premises of the lake.
Fatik Sagar Lake is yet another lake of historical importance in Amarpur, which creates an ideal one day picnic spot.
4. Mangal Chandi Temple
Along the southern banks of Amar Sagar Lake, lies the temple of Goddess Mangal Chandi. She is the most revered eight headed deity. This temple was constructed during the 15th century by King Amar Manikya Dev Burman. The architecture boosts of both Hindu and Buddhist religious beliefs. Apart from the main Goddess, figurines of other deities are also present in the temple. A fair takes place during the festival of Basant Panchami in the month of February, on the banks of the river every year, where hundreds of devotees’ flock to take place in the celebrations and religious rituals.
5. Jampui Hills
Jampui hill range is situated 1000 meters above sea level and stretch along the state of Mizoram. The highest peak is Peak Thaidawr. Among the 10 small villages here, the Mizo community is the most populated. Agriculture and horticulture are the main bread winners here. Mizo people have been residing here ever since the 15th century. The most awaited Orange and Tourism festival was celebrated here to promote the excellent quality of the orange plantations. The elevated points here give a beautiful view of the sun rising and setting.
Amarpur stands on the ruins of the ancient royal palace. It is diverse with its culture, citizens, tribes, festivities, religion and even its cuisine. It is breath taking and it is the most scenic and calm place to have a vacation in.
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