Buddhist Pilgrimage
Buddha Temple, Venuban Vihar in Agartala
Buddhist Temple at Pecharthal, North Tripura
Buddha temple at Kanchanpur, North Tripura
Buddha temple at Manu Bakul, South Tripura
Pilak in Jolaibari, South Tripura
Boxnagar : In Sonamura, West Tripura
Adjoining Places of Buddhist Interest
  • Mainamati (In Bangladesh)
  • Paharpur (In Bangladesh)

Other Information

Buddha Temple, Venuban Vihar in Agartala

The shrine though small in size, preserves some beautiful metal idols of Lord Buddha and Bodhisatva. The idols are Burmese in origin. Here Buddha Jayanti is celebrated on the Buddha Purnima day followed by a big fair every year.

Nearest Airport :
Agartala, 12 km from the city.
 
Nearest Railway Station :
Kumarghat, 140 km from Agartala.
Accommodation :
  • Rajarshi Yatri Niwas : Phone 225930
  • Hotel Rajdhani : Phone - 223387
  • Royal Guest House : Phone 225539
  • Hotel Radha International : Phone 225430
  • Hotel Haven : Phone 225737
Buddhist Temple at Pecharthal, North Tripura

This temple is one of the oldest Buddha temples in the state. It was set up in 1931. The Idol was brought from Rangoon in 1931. This Idol does not look enormous in consideration of its incredible weight of 700 kg.

Nearest Airport :  Agartala, 165 km.

Nearest Railway Station : Pecharthal, 2 km.

Nearest Town : Kumarghat, 10 km.

Accommodation :
  • Uttarayan Pantha Niwas, Kumarghat, 12 km.
  • P.W.D. Inspection Bungalow, Kumarghat, 10 km.
  • Fisheries Dak Bungalow, Kumarghat, 12 km.
 
Buddha temple at Kanchanpur, North Tripura

The temple is situated at sub-divisional headquarter. It is about 80 years old. Buddhists from different parts of the country are coming to visit and stay there.

Nearest Airport : 
Agartala, 195 km

Nearest Railway Station :
Pecharthal, 30 km

Nearest Town :
Kanchanpur.

Accommodation :
  • 1. Eden Tourist lodge, Vanghmun, 33 km.
  • 2. Forest Bungalow, Kanchanpur, 1 km.
  • 3. Revenue Dak Bungalow, Kanchanpur, 4km.
  • 4.Agriculture Dak Bungalow, Kanchanpur, 4 km.
  • 5. P.W.D. Inspection Bungalow, Kanchanpur, 4 km.
 
Buddha temple at Manu Bakul, South Tripura

The Idol of this temple was brought from Arakan long back . The biggest week long fair is held every year in the month of April. The Pilgrims from Mynamer ( formerly Burma ), Bangladesh, Japan, Thailand and other places congregate during the fair.

Nearest Airport : 
Agartala, 125 km.

Nearest Railway Station :
Kumarghat, 265 km.

Nearest Town :
Sabroom, 265 km.

Accommodation :
  • Pilak Pantha Niwas, Bagafa, 45 km.
  • Forest Dak bungalow, Sabroom, 27 km.
  • Revenue Dak Bungalow, Sabroom, 28 km.
 
Pilak in Jolaibari, South Tripura

The site of civilization which flourished during 8-12 centuries of the Christian era has been a cradle of culture of heterodox creeds and sects representing both Hinduism i.e. Shiva, Surya, Baishnabi and Buddhism i.e. Hinayana, Mahayana, Bajrayana which were found to exist side by side. The important places are Shyam Sundar Tilla, Deb Bari, Thakurani Tilla, Balir Pathar, Basudev Bari and Sagar Deba. The art form and site followed in the making of the images and in the sculptures have distance influence of Palas and Guptas of Bengal. Influence of Arakan, Mynamer (formerly Burma) and local style is discernable in the form and style of Pilak images and sculpture. The number of rock-cut images and terracotta plaques are lying scattered in various places of the area. The site has been under the care of Archaeological Survey of India. The rock-cut images and terracotta plaques still speak of a unique glorious cultural past of Tripura. Some of the important images found there are Avolokiteswar, Mahisasur Mardini, bronze images of Buddha and Vishnu in addition to terracotta plaques, sealing Coins etc. The molded terracotta plaques bear resemblance with molded plaques recovered from Paharpur and Mainamati. The Buddhist Complex here may be assigned a date between 9 and 10 century A.D. During excavation in the late sixties, Archaeological Survey of India team found out brick built stupas. Archaeological Survey of India has plans to do some more excavation to unearth the hidden cultural heritage of the area. If may be presumed that these extensive plains of Tripura were under the control of several dynasties who ruled in Eastern Bengal and Samantha in ancient period. Some of them were Buddhists and the others were Hindues. Most of these rulers had their capitals near this region. The ancient kingdom of Pattikera had its capital in Comilla region and Pilak is not very far from Comilla.

Nearest Airport : 
Agartala, 110 km.

Nearest Railway Station :
Kumarghat, 240 km.

Nearest Town :
Santibazar, 19 km, Jolaibari market, 2 km.

Accommodation :
  • Pilak Pantha Niwas, Bagafa, 20 km.
  • Revenue Dak Bungalow, Santibazar, 19 km.
  • Matabari Pantha Niwas, Udaipur, 50 km.
 
Boxnagar : In Sonamura, West Tripura

Very recently after denudation of a natural forest area, a brick-built building emerged. This is near Boxnagar market. The local people initially attributed to the temple of Manasaa the goddess of Snake. It was in a dilapidated condition. When attention of Archaeological Survey of India was arrested to it, they took over the site but infact nothing was done. In July'97 Dr. Jitendra Das, Superintending Archaeologist came to Tripura and visited this site. He focused there the idol of a Buddha and had been confirmed that it was a Buddha Temple. He was assured of immediate excavation of the site to find out the hidden story.

Nearest Airport : 
Agartala,  98 km

Nearest Railway Station :
Kumarghat, 220 km.

Nearest Town :
Sonamura, 8 km.

Accommodation :
  • Sagarmahal Tourist Lodge, Melaghar, 34 km.
  • Abakash Tourist Apartment, Melaghar, 34 km.
 

Adjoining Places of Buddhist Interest


Mainamati ( In Bangladesh )

About 8 km to the west of Comilla town, which is situated 114 km south east of Dhaka, lies a range of low hills known as Mainamati-Lalmai ridge, an extensive centre of Buddhist civilization ( 7-12 century A.D.). At Salban in the middle of the ridge, excavations laid bare a large Buddhist Vihar (Monastery) and imposing central shrine. It has revealed valuable information about the rule of the Chandra and Dev dynasties, which flourished here from the 7-12 century.

Nearest Airport : 
Agartala, 70 km.

Nearest Railway Station :
Kumarghat (in India), 210 km. And Comilla (in Bangladesh).

Nearest Town :
Sonamura, about 10 km., Akhaura (in Agartala), about 60 km.

Accommodation :
  • Comilla, 8 km.
 
Paharpur (in Bangladesh)

Paharpur is a small village in the Rajshai district (northern part of the Bangladesh) 315 km from Dhaka, where the remains of the monastery have been excavated. This 7-th century archaeological find covers approximately an area of 10.8 hectors of land. The hugeness of central cruciform temple of the monastery is an awe-inspiring sight. It had taken its name from a high mound, which looked like Pahar or Hillock.

Nearest Airport : 
Agartala and Calcutta in India.

Nearest Railway Station :
Akhaura (Agartala) about 450 km.

Nearest Town :
Joypurhat, 20 km.

Accommodation :
 
Other Information :

B-angladesh Visa Office, Agartala, Ph : +(0381)224807/22-5260.

Tourist Information : 
  • Calcutta, Phone : +(033)2425703, Fax : +(033)242-6842.
  • New Delhi, Phone : +(011)3014607, Fax : +(011)3793827.
  • Guwahati, Phone : +(0361)528761.

Details Equerry and Booking :
Tourism Branch, Department of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Swet Mahal, Palace Compund, Agartala 799001, Tripura (India),
Phone : +(03810225930/223893. Fax : +(0381)224688.