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Tripura  is one of India's Northeastern states. It is one of the regions least explored by foreign tourists, but offers immense natural beauty and an intriguing cultural heritage. Tripura is one of three Indian states ruled by communists, making their presence felt with murals and flags in many places.
Tripura belongs to the politically volatile North-Eastern region of India. As in neighbouring states, ethnic and communal strife has claimed many lives over the past years. The current ethnic setup in Tripura is a consequence of the Partition of India, when large groups of Bengali Hindus left the area that became East Pakistan (today Bangladesh). The previous majority population, the tribals, became a minority and socio-economically disadvantaged in comparison to the new majority.
Two major tribal rebel groups operate in the state, the National Liberation Front of Tripura and the All Tripura Tiger Force, which wants Tripura to secede from India. There have been no known account of any violence against tourists in the state, nor any indication that tourist would be a target of violent groups. On the other hand, there are virtually no foreign tourists reaching the state at all.
The main language in the state is Bengali. The largest language of the tribal population (approx 30% of the population of the state) is Kok Borok. Other languages include Manipuri, Chakma, etc.. Hindi is very rarely used in the state, but is understood.
Agartala is connected by air from Kolkata, Guwahati & Silchar. The airport code is IXA. Foreign citizens need to register at the airport on arrival.
Buses are the main transport between towns of the state. If time is more of an issue than money, one can hire a vehicle with driver. Do note that road conditions might be bad, even by Indian standards. On some legs, vehicles travel in military convoys, moving extremely slowly through the countryside. Some rural areas are not safe to travel by nighttime.
The fastest way to travel internally in Tripura is an helicopter service that connects Agartala with the northern parts of the state.
Typical Bengali cuisine includes rice, fish and dal (lentils). Bengali sweets are also commonly available.
Do's & Don't Do's
» In case of need or desire to overstay you are advised to contract the nearest Foreiners Regional Registration Office.
» It is advisable to avail pre-paid taxis./ autorickshaws or pay by meter or ask for fare chart.
» Advisable to shop at Govt. Emporia/ Fixed Price shops to ensure quality & reasonable prices.
» Please check power voltage before using electrical instruments. ( 220 / 240 V. are available in India ).
» Keep your valuables in hotel lockers/safe deposit vaults.
» You are advised to contact the nearest Govt. of India Tourist Office / State Government Travel Agents / Tour Operators for local sight seeing & excursion tours.
» Always hire Govt. approved tourist guide invariably carry an identity Card.
» Check about photography permission / filming at any monument. Contact the nearest Government of India Tourist Office/ Police Station State Government Tourist Office.
» Change money only at Authorised Foreign Exchange outlets / Banks / Hotels & insist on reciept for money changed.
» For guide map of the city tourist information contact the nearest Government of India, Tourist Office / State Government Tourist Office.
» In case of loss of any documents contact the nearest Government of India Tourist Office / Police Sation / State Government Tourist Office.
» For medical assistance you may contact hotel or accredited hospital / nursing homes.
» Observe Local tradition / customs while visiting religious places.
» There is prohibition on liquor in a few States. Check details from the nearest tourist office about the same.
Smoking not allowed in public places & vehicles, in some states.
» Don't encourage beggers.
» Don't accept food / drink from strangers.
» Export of Indian Currency is banned.
» Don't be coerced into shopping by touts / guides / taxi drivers or strangers.
» Don't buy articles made from rare / endangered species or animals which are banned.
For Bangladeshi visas, there is a Bangladeshi consulate in Agartala.