Still extensively forested, the tiny former Hindu Princely State of Tripura managed to retain a large degree of independence through much of the last millennium until it joined India in 1949. Partition and the 1971 creation of Bangladesh resulted in the influx of huge numbers of Bengali refugees, and although the tribal population still retain centuries-old practices they are now very much in the minority. For many years, travel here was deemed unsafe as tribal insurgents violently pursued their goals, but now successful government incentives and stricter border controls mean that this little-visited enclave is open for easy exploration. Impressive sights are few, but not far between, and the pretty villages and rolling scenery make for a relaxing if low-key few days. The tourist trail in Tripura is as yet virtually untrodden, and this is the chief pleasure in a visit to this unique and mellow state.

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