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The Boat Race is an annual event that is also a part of the Neermahal Festival in Tripura. The festival is witnessed by the locals and global tourists with the same fervour.

During this do, people enjoy watching people compete with one another, enthusiastically, on colourful boats, in the backdrop of lush green and serene Rudrasagar Lake.

The venue for the event is either the village of Melaghara or Gandhacherra. Melaghara is located 50km away from Agartala, whereas the Gandhacherra is situated approximately 74km away from Agartala.

The villages become the center of attraction and adventure during the Boat Race event and one cannot deny the buzz that follows. The event is organized at Rudrasagar lake, which also houses the Neermahal or water palace, which is another popular tourist destination.  

Also Read: This event is also known as the rural olympics of India

The Boat Race Festival has been a part of the local traditions for a long time now. The event celebrates and emphasizes the significance of teamwork and team spirit. People wait for the event round the year and participate in the event with an invincible spirit.

Boat Race attracts onlookers from different parts of India as well as the world, courtesy its high adventure and excitement quotient. 

The race takes place in the morning when the weather is very pleasant and the sun feels comfortable. Traditionally, only men from the fishermen community are supposed to take part in this festival in ten teams, but now anyone can participate in the event.

Women, too, can now take part in this race and the number of teams may also vary. The winning team is awarded by the organizers after the race.

Major Attractions of Boat Race Tripura

1. Neermahal. Neermahal has derived its name from two words - ‘neer’ which means water and ‘mahal’ which means palace, together they mean water palace. The palace was built in the middle of the Rudrasagar Lake by the Maharaja of Tripura, Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarma Manikya. The palace was the summer residence of the Maharaja where he would come to relax and escape from the scorching heat. The beauty of Neermahal is mesmerizing and is alone sufficient to make you pack your bags and visit Tripura.

Neermahal Water Festival that is another reason why you should plan a vacation in Tripura. This event is held twice every year - once in August and later in December. The one that happens in August accommodates the popular boat race event while the one in December features cultural performances and folk art.   

2. North-Eastern Cuisine. When in Tripura, eat what the locals eat! If you are in Tripura to witness the exciting boat race then it is time to indulge in some exotic northeastern cuisine. Mui-Borok a fermented fish, Chauk the traditional beer, Mosdeng Serma a tomato dip and a lot more will excite your taste buds.

3. Team Work. You get to see the teamwork here like nowhere else. About 10 boats are rowed in the river in one go. People passionately row in unison to make their team victorious, working in full team spirit mode. The winning team is also awarded by the festival organizers. Many cultural events are held, too, on the day.

How to Reach

To reach Tripura, you will need to cover a total distance of 2,352, 3,187, 1,453, 3,426 km from major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Check out the following details on how you can reach here by the following means of public transport. 

By Air. Tripura’s capital city Agartala has its own airport of the same name i.e. Agartala Airport aka Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport (IXA). The airport receives both direct and connecting flights from several Indian cities. From the airport, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public transport.

  • From Mumbai - Board IndiGo flights from Mumbai Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000-INR 6,000
  • From Guwahati - Board IndiGo, Air India flights from Guwahati Airport. The airfares start from INR 3,000-INR 4,000
  • From Kolkata - Board Air India, IndiGo flights from Kolkata Airport. The airfares start from INR 2,000-INR 3,000

By Rail. The Agartala Railway Station is the nearest railway station. From the station, one can take a local taxi or bus to commute to the hotel/resort that you have booked for your stay in Agartala, Tripura. Tripura Sundari Express and Kanchanjangha Express are the two popular trains that take you to Tripura along with many others.

By Road. You can also choose to travel here via well-maintained road networks. From the nearby cities and towns, you can easily consider travelling by interstate/private buses, cabs or your own vehicle. To reach here, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of transportation. 

  • From Guwahati - 451 km via NH6
  • From Imphal - 446 km via NH37
  • From Churachandpur - 452 km via NH37 or NH108

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here


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    29 March 2020

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