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SIPAHIJOLA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, TRIPURA: AN ENTHRALLED TRIP TO THE BUSH OF WILD CREATURES

If visiting seven sister states is in your expedition plan and you return home without touching the terra firma of Tripura wildlife sanctuary, nothing could be as repentant as your incomplete phase of journey. Tripura is one of the eminent states of North-East India with its copious ancient and princely tales. Located around 5 km away from Bishalgarh and around 25km from the capital city Agartala, Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the thrilling tourist sites in Tripura.

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An overview of Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary

Located around 25km from the capital of city of Tripura, Agartala, Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary is a forest area with the blend of artificial lake, zoological and botanical gardens and number of wild creatures. The green territory of Sipahijola spreads over 19 kms areas. The bush of this sanctuary is a residence of 150 types of avifauna. Out of many amazing flying creatures, open charged stork, white ibis and shrieking blue-green are some of the normal birds that will amaze your presence to a great extent.

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Popular as Sipahijola zoo, the sanctuary is famous for its exclusive bespectacled monkey and coloured leopards. In addition, the rubber plantation, orchids, Rhesus macaque and civets are of some of the attributes that amaze lot many tourists every year.

You will find here more than 450 species of plants including monocotyledons and dicotyledons. Amongst many stand tall trees, some of prominent trees that can be seen here include Garjan, Kanak, Sal, Awla, Bamboo, Hargaja etc. Presence of spectacled langur, barking deer, untamed pigs, crab eating Mongoose, fowl and panther are some of the faunas that pull plenty of spectators to visit this zoo.

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Sipahijola zoological park was opened during 1972 to protect it from infringement. Further, the park was divided into five different sections namely Aviary section, Carnivores section, Primate Section, Reptile section and Ungulate section. Over the periods, the green land turned into an astonishing wildlife sanctuary. Today, many scholars rush to this place for their botanical research purpose as well .

What to see in Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary

Well, from the cited depiction you may develop a fair idea regarding the attributes of this sanctuary, which possibly will inspire your voyage instinct. However, if plunging into the wild creature is your sole purpose of visiting here, the following sights may give you a reason to think again before you trek ahead:

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Lake and boating: Paddling the boats in the lap of artificial lake surrounded by woods is always an enthralling experience. If you visit the lakes of Abasarika and Amrit Sagar, you can experience a relaxing boating facility. Boating in Sipahijola Lake will give you an opportunity to have a mesmerising view of natural forest followed by the flying bustle of resident and migratory birds. The chirp of birds will certainly add melodious humming in your mind while paddling the boats.

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Toy Train: If you are accompanied by your kids then nothing could be as pleasing as riding the toy trains here. The 15 minutes ride on toy train through various habitats will amplify the joy of your children manifold.

Elephant Ride: This is a wild safari ride, which is one of the best ways to explore the diversity of Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary. The steady steps of elephant will take you through the remote areas of the green wild territory. For adventure lovers, elephant ride is a must do ride.

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Botanical Garden: For a nature follower, walking through the botanical garden is something like icing on the cake. In this garden you will come across various species of trees and plants. Nageshwar and Agar trees are two prominent crowd pullers in botanical garden. Many botany students and researchers often visit this garden for their academic purpose.

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Clouded Leopard National Park:  Well, this is the heart of the Wildlife Sanctuary. With an area of 5.08 sq.km, clouded leopard national park was established in 2007. The wide spread areas of zoo will goose bump your visit once you experience its unique spectacled langur and coloured leopards. Besides, do not get surprised if sudden visit of a barking deer draw your attention. Variety of reptiles like snake, turtle and crocodiles also attract many visitors to have a peep around.

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People rush this place during winter for picnic purpose as well.

Timing and Charges

Entry time and the entry fees are two integral parts that one should get familiar with before visiting Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary. The green wild territory of Sipahijola is administered by the Forest Authority and they do follow a rigid regulation regarding entry and exit. The following table gives you a fair idea regarding the visiting hours and charges:

Timing: 8am to 5pm (subject to change during winter and summer). Friday closed

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Charges

Entry fee (adult)

₹ 3

Entry fee (child below 5 years)

₹ 1

Parking (heavy vehicles)

₹ 10

Parking (light vehicles)

₹ 8

Camera (still)

₹ 10

Camera (video/movie)

₹ 50 (per day)

Note: The charges and timing may vary from time-to-time.

 When to Visit

You can visit Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary through the year depending on your convenience. However, the best time to explore the transitory creatures is during winter season. Visiting this place during November to January will not only feel you an amiable winter here, but the long trekking will not make feel you weary as well.

Accommodation:

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Finding a relaxing accommodation during your visit to the midst of this sanctuary is a matter of concern. This is where Abasarika comes into existence to give you a reason to smile. Abasarika is a forest Dak bungalow located near the zoon, lake and garden areas. There are five cabins covered under Dak bungalow specifically meant for the convenience of the visitors. There could be nothing better than getting an accommodation like Abasarika in the midst of the bush. However, tourists need a prior booking to avail the facilities at Dak bungalow.

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A trip to Sipahijola will consume a day of yours. Hence, people who are not willing to book the Dak bungalow, must carry some food items and water with them. Staying here after dark is not permissible. Hence, while coming back from Sipahijola you can stay in any nearby hotels or guest house in Bishalgarh. Alternatively, you may travel up to Udaipur, which is merely 31 kms away from Bishalgarh. In Udaipur you will find some good accommodations for night-long stay. If you are travelling to the capital city, then numbers of quality hotels are there for you in Agartala. Some of the names are Radha International, Hotel Welcome Palace, Hotel Amber and Hotel Rajdhani.

How to Reach

There are multiple ways to commute till Sipahijola. The capital city Agartala is well-connected to Guwahati via NH44. Hence, anyone planning to travel by road, they can travel via Guwahati, Shillong (Meghalaya), Silchar and Dharmanagar (Tripura-North). The distance chart is as follows:

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By bus Agartala is well-connect to Bangladesh as well.

If you are planning to visit by air, you can take a flight till Agartala Airport, which is well-connect to Guwahati and Kolkata via flight. From Agartala Aiport you can book a cab or private car to visit till Sipahijola. You can also take bus from Agartala.

Likewise other modes of transpiration, railway is also a convenient way to reach Agartala. Trains are there from Silchar, Kumarghat (160 kms) and Dharmanagar.

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Nearby Location

Mata Bari: If you happen to be in Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary, you may extend your trip to step into Tripura Sundari Mandir located in the southern part of the state. Commonly known as Mata Bari, the temple is located 4kms south of Udaipur, which witnesses frequent footfall of devotes every day. From Sipahijola, driving distance till Udaipur is around 20 miles. As per Hindu mythological tale, the right leg of Sati was dropped on this location, based on which the place turned to a scared destination for devotes. Mata Bari temple experiences a huge rush of devotees during Diwali, when people come across long way to visit this sacred place.

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Jagannath Mandir: It is one of the ancient temples in the historic capital of Tripuira, Udaipr. Over the periods the temple surface is now occupied by overgrown climbing plants. Jagannath Mandir is located near southwest corner of Jagannath Digthi tank. Once you visit this ancient temple, you will come to see few more temple complexes here. If you are crossing river Gomati and take a left turn and then complete a 10 minutes trek uphill, you will notice Bhuveneswari Temple.

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Gomati River: It is the principal river (135 km long) flows through Udaipur district. As per Hindu mythology, it is believed that river Gomati is the daughter sage Vashist. It is derived from the range connecting Atharamura and Longtharai. Students often come for excursion to visit this principal river.

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Useful Tips

Visiting Sipahijola Wildlife Sanctuary is more into exploring the woods. Hence, following some tips may make your trip handier:

  • This will take almost a day to explore the Wildlife Sanctuary. Hence, it is advisable to carry adequate eatables.
  • If you are accompanied by minors/kids, kindly be watchful to them while leaning in front of the endangered reptile zones.
  • Make prior booking to avail the accommodation facilities in Dak bungalow.
  • Consult at the entry gateway regarding use of gadgets and regulations (if any).
  • Follow proper instruction during boating and avoid travelling too far.
  • Do not practice any scornful activities pointing towards the animals that may lead to any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Try to return back to the parking zone before the stipulated time.
  • Carry handy bags to keep your essentials on the go.
  • If you visit Sipahijola for picnic purpose, make sure you clean all the residuals well. Also, be watchful about the flames so that it does not affect the environment and the wild creatures.

 Pack your travel kit and chalk out a date to explore this spectacular wildlife sanctuary of Tripura.

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