Agartala along the Haora River is the capital of Tripura, which is located about 2 km away from the Indo-Bangladesh International border. It is the largest and most populous city in Tripura, the second largest city in North-East India after Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. In 1770, the Maharaja Krishna Manikya relocates his capital from Udaipur to 'Old Agartala'. Later the capital was permanently shifted to Agartala. Nowadays Agartala is one of the fastest growing cities in India.
The name of the city, Agartala has derived from two words – “Agar” means a species of perfume plant and “Tala” means underneath or the floor. So, Agartala means the places surrounded by perfume plantation. The name is very much significant, with the city nature – Agartala is a valley surrounded by hilly forests and famous for its flowers. Although it is being a smart city, Agartala remains a far from the cry of metros hence maintains its semi-rural atmosphere feels.
Agartala is a cultural hub in North-East India with the diversity of people that stay here along with gardens, hills, temples, lakes and the historical and religious monuments and palaces. Some of the monuments have been selected as UNESCO world heritage sites. Agartala is the third international internet gateway after Mumbai and Chennai in India.
Ujjayanta Palace is situated in the heart of the city and a large part of this palace is converted into a museum. In 1901, Maharaja Radhakishore Manikya built this royal palace. The name Ujjayanta Palace was given by the famous poet Rabindranath Tagore. The white coloured rhetorical architecture (Indo-Greek Gothic architecture) is just extraordinary. A Mughal-style garden and two large ponds are there in front of the palace. There are many musical fountains in the garden. The middle dome has a height of 85 feet of this two-storey three-domed palace. The palace is surrounded by Uma-Maheshwar, Lakshminarayan, Kali and Jagannath temples, which were also built during the reign of kings. Unique collections of many ancient statues found in the excavation in different parts of the state are displayed in the museum. The palace is now used as the Assembly House of Tripura.
Apart from this, different models of tribal dresses, ornaments, weapons, lifestyle, musical instruments etc. are shown in a beautiful manner. Pictures of Kings and Queens of Tripura, stone carved ancient scriptures; details of various cultural heritage activities, etc. are also displayed in the museum. Rabindranath Tagore had a close relationship with Tripura's royal family. Gurudeb visited here for seven occasions on the invitation of Kings of Tripura, some of his poems, plays, songs had been written here. In this museum, there is a separate gallery with the work of Rabindranath Tagore and various rare and interesting pictures of him. The museum has restrictions on the use of cameras (including mobile cameras).
Close: This museum is closed on Monday and other public holidays.
Visiting Hours: Open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fees: Visitor’s entry fee is INR 15 per head
Kunjaban palace is situated on a hilltop about one kilometre from Agartala city. In 1917, the Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya built this palace as a recreation place. During his last Tripura tour, Rabindranath was spent some time in this palace. The palace is currently used as the residence of the governor of Tripura. So, to get into the palace, you have to get permission from the governor's office. But the adjoining garden Rabindra Kanan and a part of the palace is open to all.
Venuban Buddha Vihar:
Most famous Buddhist shrine in Tripura, located at Kunjaban around 2 km from Agartala. It is a small Buddhist temple, popularly called Venuban Buddha Bihar. Metal idols of Lord Buddha and Bodhisattvas of the temple were made in Myanmar (then Burma) and transfer to this Benuban Buddha Bihar temple. Buddha Purnima, the birth day of Lord Buddha is celebrated with an extra fervour followed by a big fair every year.
The Heritage Park is situated on the way to the airport near the Kunjaban Palace. In this park, all the sights of Tripura are displayed as miniature form. Tripurasundari temple, Nirmahal, Ujjayant Palace, railway line (all along with the station), all are available in miniature versions.
Close: Tuesday and any public holidays
Visiting Hours: Open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Entry Fees: Visitor’s entry fee is INR 10 per head
Temple of the fourteenth deity:
During the mid of the eighteenth century (1770 AD), Raja Krishna Manikya was relocated his capital from Udaipur to old Agartala (after the defeat at the war against Samsir Gazi, it was necessary to get away from the capital Udaipur). The fourteenth deity of the Tripura dynasty was also established in the old Agartala. Later, the capital was transferred to Agartala again, but the fourteen Gods temple has remained at the old Agartala. The shape of the gods is not complete here; the head is worshiped as divinity.
Apart from the Vedic tradition in the temple, tribal customs have also been mixed with worship. In the month of Ashara, special worship is held in the temple, which is also known as Kharchipuja. At that time, a seven-day fair was held at the temple premises. The fourteen Gods temple is 14 kilometres away from Agartala. The ruin of ancient royal palace is found near the temple. It has been recently renovated and built as a museum.
Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary:
Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary is located 28 km away from the city of Agartala. The 18.53 sq km area is home to 456 species of plant and many species of different wildlife. Among the wild animals, there are the leopard, langur, barking deer, fox, rabbit, wild pig, mouse, mongoose, binturong, capped langur, pangolin etc. The most striking and significant animal is the spectacled monkey. This fancy animal is only seen in this region.
These animals are easily seen in the zoo which is built inside the sanctuary. Apart from this, the Royal Bengal Tiger, Deer, Leopards, various species of cats, diverse birds, etc. will also be found in this zoo. Sepahijala closed on Friday. Many migratory birds flutter during the winter in the Sepahijala lake. Boating in lakes water is very close to the sight of these birds. The attractive gardens of rubber and coffee trees are another attraction of Sepahijala.
Visiting Hours: Open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Entry Fees: Visitor’s entry fee is INR 10 per head
Kamala Sagar Kali Mandir:
Located 28 km away from Agartala, Kamala Sagar Kali temple was built by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya, at the end of the fifteenth century. This temple is also known as Kasba Kalibari. The idol of the temple is Maa Durga with ten arms, but Lord Shiva lying under her feet. That is why the goddess may have been worshiping as Kali here.
It is famous as Shakti Peetha (one of the 51 Satipithas) and people visited here throughout the years. A big Lake Kamala Sagar is in front of the Kali temple, which was dug by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya and named after his wife Kamaladevi. There is barbed wire fencing of international border beside the temple, with Bangladesh. In April, a large fair was held in the adjoining temple ground.
Other notable tourist destinations of Agartala are Tripura Sundari Temple, Krishna Temple, Uma-Maheshwar Temple, Jagannath Temple, Malancha Nivas, Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore College, Gedu Mian Mosque, Neermahal, Gondachera Wildlife Sanctuary, Puratan Agartala (Old Agartala), Agartala Amusement Park, Agartala City Centre, Agartala Secretariat, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Buddha Temple, Raima Valley, Jampui Hills, Rabindra Kanan, Children's Park, Nehru Park, Kishans park, Rose valley park etc.
By Air: Agartala Airport is one of the busy airports of the north east and connects Agartala to other cities of India. Agartala has regular flights between all major cities in India. Several major airlines like Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Go Air and Indigo Airlines provide their air services to customers taking flights to Agartala.
By Rail: Agartala, the capital city of Tripura has been connected with the Indian Railway Map, recently. Total three trains run from the city to other parts of India. A weekly train Tripura Sundari Express run between Agartala and Ananta Bihar of Delhi. Another train Kanchenjunga Express run twice a week between Sealdah of Kolkata and Agartala. It takes 38 hours to reach in Agartala. Agartala Special Passenger is another train run between Silchar and Agartala every day.
By Road: Agartala is connected with the rest of India by NH-44 that runs through Assam, Meghalaya and North Bengal to other parts of India. For sightseeing, you can hire and reserve a car from Agartala. For a full day trip (maximum 8 hours), it will cost INR RS. 1,500 for a small car like Indica, Wagoner or Eco. Tata Sumo, Bolero, Scorpio, Inova or Xylo are also available for a whole day reserve with a fare of INR Rs. 2,500 onwards.
Agartala is the capital city of Tripura. So, verities of hotel and lodges are available with different budget. Please check some common hotel details bellow with different standard,
Geetanjali Tourism Guest House
Phone- +91-241-0009, +91-241-0016
Double bedded room rate vary between INR 2,000 to INR 2,500 (GST extra as applicable).
Royal Guest House (Hotel)
Palace Compound, Agartala, Tripura
Mobile- +91-8033647707, +91-9436120676, +91-9436120676
Double bedded room rate vary between INR 600 to INR 3,000 (GST extra as applicable).
For book a room, you may visit on the link Hotel Booking