(Last Updated on : 20/05/2013)
North Tripura District is one of the four administrative districts of Tripura. Kailashahar is the headquarters of this district. North Tripura District started functioning in the office of the sub-divisional officer at Kailashahar and partly at Kumarghat
; later the whole office was shifted to Kailashahar. Subsequently, North Tripura District has been bifurcated and a new District namely Dhalai District has been inaugurated on 14th of April, 1995. North Tripura District has a geographical area of around 2,469 sq km. 'Betling Chip', the highest point of the state (939 metres), is located in North Tripura District in the Jampui range. Deo, Manu, Longai and Juri are the main rivers.
Culture of North Tripura District
Main tribes of the district are Tripuri Tribe
, Koloi, Halam tribe
and Chakma tribe
. Culture of this district is predominantly tribal in nature. An important festival of the district followed by a big fair popularly known as 'Ashokastami Fair' is held at Unakoti
at Kailashahar every year in the month of March or April. Thousands of religious people gather on that occasion to perform rituals. 'Orange and Tourism Festival' is organized every year in Jampui Hill in the month of November during orange season. Jampui Hills
is the only hill station in Tripura where large numbers of oranges are grown.
Tourism in North Tripura District
The popular places of interest of the district include Jampui hill
, Laxmi-Narayan Temple, Sateramia Hawar at Kailashahar, Purano Rajbari, Rangauti at Kailashahar, Bhagabati mandir, Kumarghat and Udayan Buddha Bihar of Pechartal. These places attract the travellers from all parts of the country. Rock carvings and some ancient temples belonging to 11-12th century AD are found at 'Unakoti'. Unakoti is termed as 'Shaiva-Tirtha' which is visited by thousands of people from all over the region particularly during 'Ashokastami Mela'. Jampui Hills, which was once merely an orange producing zone, now has become a holiday summer resort. Jampui hills are considered as the permanent abode of spring. It is situated 3000 ft above sea level.
As per Census 2001, literacy rate of North Tripura District is 73.10 percent. Tea, Food Processing, Light Engineering, Wood processing, Natural Rubber based units, Spices, Plastics and Polymers, Distilleries, Spun Pipes, Iodized Salt Processing, Handloom and handicrafts are the major industries of North Tripura District.