South Tripura - Sipahijala WLS, Neer-Mahal, Matabari, Udaipur
8th December 2011:
Ginger Hotel Agartala is pretty nice. The AC room had all the standard, modern features & fittings with a nice flat-TV. After a nice hot shower we went down to the Hotel's Restaurant at lobby level. Nice buffet spread with many choices; I did S. Indian with Uttappa, Idli, Sambar, Chatni and Coffee! SK discussed sight-seeing plans with travel-desk guys in the Lobby and finalised a hire-car for us (Rs 1800/-) for us to go to South Tripura today.
We left around 10:00AM and first stop was the Sipahijala WLS that included a 'open' type of Zoo. I was wondering if need to see a Zoo at this ripe old age but then was surprised to see quite a few species of animals, in a open type of zoo. Quote from Wiki: "Sipahijola WLS with an area of about 18.53 SqKm is located about 25 KM from the city centre. It is a woodland with an artificial lake and natural botanical and zoological gardens. It is shelter to about 150 species of birds and the unique bespectacled monkey (Phayre's Langur)"
After Siphijala we went to see Neer-Mahal in Rudrasagar Lake. Quoting Wiki: "
Neermahal (Water palace) is a former royal palace built by King Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman of the erstwhile Kingdom of Tripura in 1930. It is situated 53 kilometers away from the Agartala, the capital of Tripura. The palace is situated in the middle of Rudrasagar Lake and assimilates Hindu and Muslim architectural styles.