Tripura: The serene and magnificent beauty of Angkor Wat has always been a major attraction for tourists and travellers across the globe. The majestic Angkor Wat built around the 12th century (113-5BC) takes adventurers in every person closer to a hidden quest that we all once dreamt to find.
What if I told you that you can experience these moments right here in India? Well, just around 120 kilometers away from Agartala lies the ‘Angkor Wat of North-East India’ hiding from the world in plain sight.
Unakoti opens up a gateway to a series of massive stone and rock sculptures carved by artists on the hillside. Broken stairs and Serpentine bridges will lead you to the holy site of Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava, a 30-foot tall Shiva’s head.
The government and Archeological Survey of India (ASI) are working to preserve the Shaivite rock sculptures, eyeing to get a UNESCO world heritage tag.
Panna Lal Roy, a renowned writer on the history of the Northeastern states said that “The structures of the rock-cut sculptures are gigantic and have distinct mongoloid features and display almost the same mystical charm as the spellbinding figures in the Angkor Wat temple of Cambodia. So call it the Angkor Wat of North-East”.
The centre recently granted a sum of ₹12 crore for the development of the site as a tourist destination. However, the officials claim that ASI doesn’t allow major developmental work in the core of the archeological site.
However, the state government is making major infrastructural development around the site for ease of travel and accommodation.
The word Unakoti means “less than one crore”. The hills have perfectly carved structures of Hanuman, Ganesha, Ravana and other deities from Hindu mythology.
However, the site is covered by the dense forest of Jampui Hills and is rightly so referred as “Lost Hills Of Faces”
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