Tripura is one of the seven states in the north eastern part of India bounded on the north, west, south and south-east by Bangladesh whereas in the east it has a common boundary with Assam and Mizoram. Originally the land was known as "Tuipra" meaning a land adjoining the water. Apart from this, there is a common belief that the name of the State has originated from "Tripura Sundari" - the presiding deity of the land.
Tripura has rich cultural heritage of 19 different tribal communities, Bengali and Manipuri communities. Each community has its own dance forms which are famous in the country. The tiny state has a charming blend of tourist attractions in the form of magnificent palaces, splendid rock-cut carvings and stone images, important temples of Hindus and Buddhists including the famous Mata Tripureswari temple, vast natural as well as artificial lakes namely Dumboor lake, the beautiful hill station of Jampui, wild life sanctuaries at Sepahijala, Gumti, Rowa and Trishna and rich cultural heritage of Tribals, Bengalis and Manipuri communities residing in the state.
Tripura has beautiful palaces like Ujjayanta Palace, Kunjaban Palace, Malancha Niwas, Neermahal Palace etc. Other famous places are Unakoti, Debtamura and Pilak famous for beautiful rock cut carvings and stone images; a large number of Hindu and Buddhist temples at Udaipur and Agartala; famous natural and artificial lakes are Dumboor, Rudrasagar, Kamalasagar etc.