Lying along the border of Tripura and Mizoram are the uncrowded green hills of Jampui. And if you haven’t been to this tranquil corner in north Tripura, here is an excuse to plan a holiday soon. With Tripura Tourism ready to launch paragliding here, you will be able to give your adventurous spirit a free rein, soaring over the verdant hills and misty valleys.
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Lying about 200km away by road from state capital Agartala, Jampui is the highest hill range in the state, about 3,000 feet above sea level. Its year-round bracing climate has earned it the name of Land of Eternal Spring. With only 11 villages here, mostly inhabited by Lushai (Mizo) and Reang tribes, it is thinly populated.
The government run Eden Tourist Lodge, at one end of Vanghmun village, is the only place to stay here. If you are not inclined to much outdoor activity, enjoy the view of the hills from your room. The terrace of the building is a popular attraction as it also doubles up as a watchtower for sunrise and sunset views.
But if you are not averse to uphill walks, there is much to explore. Start with a slightly uphill walk to reach the heart of the charming Vanghmun village. It is said to be the cleanest village in Tripura, which is quite evident, and is aspiring to top the list of cleanest villages in the country.
Another day, you can drive to Betlingchhip. At 3,600 feet, it is the highest point in Tripura. There is a watch tower here from where you can catch a panoramic view of Mizoram and other hill ranges. With a guide, you may also explore some of the hill ranges. Jampui has an interesting natural calendar and you may plan your holiday accordingly. If you want to see the hills full of orchids and wildflowers, you have to be here between March and May. Since the 1960s, the hills are home to many orange orchards. Although orange growing suffered for a while, it is being revived, according to local people. Between October and December, the trees are laden with fruits. The state tourism department usually organises an Orange Festival in the Jampui Hill during this time. If you are keen to attend a village market, you may pay a visit to the Tuesday market in Damcherra, a village right on the border of Tripura and Mizoram.
Tripura Tourism has reached a milestone today.— Tripura Tourism (@TripuraTourism) January 8, 2022
The first paragliding flight has successfully been done at Jampui Hills today.Adventure lovers are going to have some thrilling moments with the start of year 2022.
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With an aim to introduce Jampui hill as a paragliding destination in the country, Tripura Tourism has already identified the take-off and landing sites and has completed the trial flights. Paragliding will be opened for general visitors once the team currently undergoing training in Himachal Pradesh returns, local media reports said.
Jampui Hill is over 200km by road from Agartala, the nearest airport. It is best to start early in the day because the usual journey time of five to six hours may take longer depending on road conditions. Since the hill roads are usually lonely, check the directions from local people once you reach Kanchanpur town (about 25km from Vanghmun). By train, you may travel to Dharmanagar or Pecharthal stations from where an onward road journey will take you to Vanghmun.
The Eden Tourist Lodge at Vanghmun is the only place to stay in Jampui Hill. It is best to book your accommodation in advance. However, do note the tourist lodge has received mixed reviews on popular platforms, so best to check with the state tourism centre about facilities before booking.
A trip to Jampui hill may be combined with a trip to Agartala and its surroundings. You may also check with the tourism department about package tours in the region. The best time to visit Tripura is between October and May.