Pilak in South Tripura is an archeological site of immense significance to Buddhism which flourished here from the 8th to the 12th century AD. The excavations at the site have unearthed a fair amount of ancient Buddhist sculptures and artefacts including a stupa, statues of Buddha in meditation and Avalokiteśvara.
Located close to the Bangladesh border, Pilak is an extension of Buddhist sites of Bangladesh and Burma and formed part of the Samatat kingdom in ancient Bengal. The area has been referred to the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang who visited this area during 637-39 AD.
Today Pilak attracts thousands of Buddhists from across the world and is fast emerging an important Buddhist pilgrimage site in India.
How to Reach Pilak
Air: The nearest airport to Pilak is at Agartala which is 100 km away. The Agartala airport is connected by air with major cities in India.
Rail: The nearest major railhead is Agartala Railway station. Kanchenjunga Express and Tripura Sundari Express connect Agartala with Kolkata and Delhi respectively by rail.
Road: Good motorable roads connect Pilak with other parts of Tripura including Agartala.
Best time to visit Pilak
Though Pilak can be visited anytime throughout the year, the best time to visit the place would be from September to March. During winters (December – March) the temperature ranges between 10 to 18 degrees Celsius.