Famous For: Agartala is famous for its temples, palaces and rich history of the Manikya kings and its connection to Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Agartala is also noted for its bamboo handicrafts, local hand-woven shawls and textiles.
Here’s some interesting places to visit. Such as-
Ujjayanta Palace, Chittangong Hills, Tripura Sundari Temple, Ummaneshwar Temple, Neermahal, Gondacherra Wildlife Sanctuary, Jampui Hill, Jagannath Temple, Kunjaban Palace, Buddha Temple, Raima Valley, Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary etc.
Major Attractions: Ujjayanta Palace, Neermahal, Gondacherra Wildlife Sanctuary, Jampui Hills, Buddha Temple, Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary.
Ideal Visit Time: Tourists can visit Agartala any time of the year. Grand festivals and cool climate is best enjoyed in the month of October to March while April to July is the best time for sightseeing. So, we recommend you to make your trip within October to March.
Agartala is the capital city of the Indian state of Tripura and the second largest city in northeastern India after Guwahati. The city is managed by Agartala Municipal Corporation. The city is the seat of the Tripura government. It is located about 90 kilometers (55 miles) east of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, on the banks of the Howrah River near the Bangladesh border. Agartala is being developed under the Smart Cities Mission. This is a flagship scheme of the Government of India. Great people like R.D. Burman & S.D. Burman were born here. Agartala is also a famous tourist destination.
So, let’s discuss about some attractive places of Agartala below:
Many years back, Ujjayanta Palace was a royal palace. Situated at the core of Agartala, the entire hustle-bustle of the city is centered around this palace. Built in 1901, this magnificent palace has tiled floors, curved wooden ceilings and beautifully carved doors. The name ‘Ujjayanta Palace’ was given by Rabindranath Tagore, a regular visitor to Tripura. The palace has a public hall, a throng room, a court hall, a library, a Chinese room and a reception hall.
Ujjayanta Palace is a royal palace in Tripura, located in the state of Agartala. Earlier, the Tripura Legislative Assembly was functioning here till 2011. But now it serves as a museum and tourist attraction in Agartala. The palace stands on the shores of a small lake around the Mughal Gardens in Agartala. Located across a vast area of Parkland, this exotic palace has a number of Hindu temples dedicated to the deities of Lakshmi Narayan, Uma-Maheshwari, Kali and Jagannath. One of the largest museums in Northeast India, the capital city covers an area of about 800 acres and depicts the customs and practices of various communities living in Northeast India as well as the way of life, art, culture, heritage and utility crafts.
Rabindranath Tagore named the palace which was bought down by the Tripura government in 1972-73 from the royal family. Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya, the Tripura King invested in the construction of the Palace in the years 1899-1901.
The ‘Lake Palace of Tripura’ or Neermahal is its largest palace in the entire Indian subcontinent. This architecture is duly mesmerizing in beauty. And the name of this palace is taken from its location. That is its location in the middle of Rudrasagar Lake. It is one of the two most popular water palaces in India. The former royal palace is an outcome of King Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur’s great perspective. It was a summer palace for the king and his family. The royal family used to come and stay here during the summer. Even today, its highly ornate structure reflects its glorious past. The surrounding lawns and flower beds are a small example of that beauty.
The evening time at Neermahal is spent on light and sound shows. It acquaints the tourists with the cultural heritage of the place and its owners and a glimpse of historicity and adventure floats before the eyes. The palace grounds also include some water sports activities. This creates a perfect combination of antiquity and thrill here. Moreover, the palace has earned a reputation for its ‘Neermahal Water Festival’. A large crowd came to visit the mahal and take part in the boat race organized by the board. Therefore, when planning a trip to Agartala, you must keep this historic place on your top list.
Gondacherra Wildlife Sanctuary
Gondacherra Wildlife Sanctuary is about 18 kms from the city center. It’s not as much as popular at all. But your leisure-time will find a way to jump to and fro in this Sanctuary. This enchanting sanctuary has maintained an untainted habitat for the multiple species of flora and fauna found here. Mammals like tigers, bison, wild horses, aquatic life as well as migratory birds can be seen here.
It is also known as the eternal mountain of spring. The Jampui hills survive with their spring luxuries and have been bringing spring to everyone for ages. The weather here is captivating throughout the year. This place carries a beautiful and pleasant environment for every visitor, which is determined to keep the spirits of your mind. The lush green hills with plantations of tea, orchids and orange on the slopes provide a good vantage point to view the valleys below. You can spend your quality time here with your friends & family. You can also arrange a little picnic here.
The Buddhist temples in Tripura support the fact that Buddhism is quite prevalent in the state of Tripura. Archaeological evidence suggests that Buddhists have settled in the area since ancient times. Several Buddhist rulers ruled the state and had a lasting influence on the culture of the state. Due to the defeat of the Buddhist rulers in the 16th century AD, Buddhism was almost eradicated from the region. Its revival in Tripura began in the 17th century AD and since then Christians have been making their position known in the state permanently.
In the present situation, Tripura has a large Buddhist population with communities like Chakma, Uchai, Barua and Mog. As it is an important aspect of the socio-cultural heritage of the state, the Buddhist temples of Tripura seek a unique position in the society. They attract not only fans but also countless tourists from distant lands.
Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary
This wildlife sanctuary is home to a variety of wildlife, especially birds and primates. This place is not only a wildlife sanctuary, it is also an academic and research center. Many small lakes have been added to the natural features of this sanctuary. That is, there are several lakes in the sanctuary, with boating facilities. More than 150 species of residential birds, migratory birds, boating facilities, wild life, botanical garden, zoo, elephant joy-rides, orchid garden, rubber and coffee plantations beckon the tourists all through the year. The added visual incentive for animal-lovers is the famous spectacled monkey which is now a rare species. Undoubtedly you can spend your quality time here with your friends & family.
How To Reach
By Road: Regular and direct bus routes to Agartala are from Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong and Silchar and are preferred by tourists & Agartala is well-connected with another major cities of India. The much-awaited Dhaka-Kolkata bus service has reduced the distance and duration between Kolkata and Agartala by almost half, as buses now travel via the neighboring country, Bangladesh. Agartala is connected to Assam and other states via National Highway 44.
By Train: You can travel to Agartala by train but be warned; it would take longer as the distance between Agartala and other cities are more. From Delhi, it takes about 28 hours (via Kolkata), while from Kolkata, it’s about 12 hours. So, be careful about this.
By Air: The Agartala airport is located about 12 kms from the main city in Singerbhil. It is well-networked with most of the cities of India. It connects to most major of the cities like like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Chennai but only via Kolkata and Guwahati. Airfares rise during the important festive seasons like Durga Puja (October-November), so if you’re traveling during that period, try and book your tickets in advance.
Airlines like SpiceJet, IndiGo and Air India operate daily passenger flights from and to the city airport. The flight duration from Kolkata or Guwahati to Agartala is about one hour. Taxi and cab are available from the airport to reach your preferred destination.