Tripura, a small state in the north east of our country is blessed with not only a rich heritage and culture but also a beautiful landscape and natural beauty. It is a thriving tourist destination as it offers a lot of unique and beautiful places to visit.
Udaipur is a town in the Gomati district of Tripura. It serves as its headquarters and is the third biggest city of the state. The river Gumati flows through the middle of the town, providing all her resources to nourish the well-being of the citizens. Udaipur offers many lakes, temples and other sites for tourists to enjoy. The best among them are mentioned below.
1. Tripura Sundari Temple
This is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths in India. Locally revered as Matabari, this temple is situated on a small hill. Legend says that when Lord Vishnu dissembled Lady Sati’s human body, herright foot fell on this spot. The temple itself was constructed 500 years ago, in the early 15th century by Maharaj Dhanya Manikya Devji. Tripura Sundari is none other than Goddess Kali. During the festival of Diwali, a huge fair takes place on the hill, where devotees from all over the country come to seek blessings and enjoy it. The inner shrine resembles the shape of a tortoise’s hump. Animal sacrifice was a celebrated practice here.
2. Bijoy Sagar Lake
One of the most famous and biggest lakes in Udaipur, this lake is 750 meters long. Bijoy Sagar lake is also known as Mahadeb Dighi. The lake serves the citizens for washing clothes, bathing, and fishing and also for dumping waste. This is the sole reason that is the water quality is deteriorating and hence, the lake is not clean anymore. The surrounding premise of the lake has become densely populated over the years. The lake can be visited during any time of the year.
3. Tepania Eco Park
Spread over an area of 155 hectares, this ecology park was built in the year 1995. It is located 5 Kms from Udaipur. The gorgeous tree house inside is a hit among children and adults alike. The famous Orchidarium houses around 200 varieties of orchids. The Cactus House next door has 250 variants. Other than these, different flowers, trees, reptiles, monkeys and even birds can be seen around the forest reserve. The main charm is that it is built inside the Radha Kishorepur Reserve Sanctuary. Tepania Eco Park is a lovely way to spend a day out in a relaxing environment.
4. Nazrul Granthaghar
Nazrul Granthaghar is the national library of Udaipur. It is named after the revered Bengali poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam. The national poet of Bangladesh, he is also an acclaimed writer, musician and a revolutionary figure. He was the figurine standing up to social injustice and political revolutions. The library was built during the reign on Manikya royal family in the year 1954. Kazi Nazrul’s majority work is stored here. Apart from that, thousands of books fiction as well as nonfiction can be read here. Students, scholars and any person wanting to gain the knowledge of pre-independence and royal realm of India can visit here. As of date, around 75,000 books are present in this huge library.
5. Neer Mahal
Built in the year 1938, Neer Mahal is situated in the middle of Lake Rudrasagar. It was constructed by Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore. This lake palace was used as a summer residence for the royal family. With 24 rooms, two wings and two grand staircases, the grandeur of this place resembles traces of both Hindu and Mughal architecture. The Martin and Burns Company were assigned the task of constructing this 5.3 sq. Kms mansion. Tourists can access the place in the same way the royals did, by taking a boat ride across the lake.
Udaipur has a lot of artificial lakes, bestowing it with the name ‘Lake City’. It is also a religious site and one of the most profitable tourist destinations of Tripura. The importance of this town started building when it was the capital of Tripura during old times, making it a must visit place when you visit Tripura.
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