Agartala is the capital of the Indian state
of Tripura. It lies on the Haora River and is located 2 km from
Bangladesh. It has several temples and palaces.The city of Agartala is
vastly enriched with flora & fauna. The state of Tripura provides an
exotic world that is full of surprises. Agartala is the capital of Tripura
and climbed on the ladders of being known as one of the prominet states in
Tripura only after Maharaja Krishna Manikya made Agartala his capital.
Palace Agartala standing in the heart of the city, is a famous royal
house, covering an area of one sq. km.. Styled in Greek sculpture, Ujjayanta Palace was built by Maharaja RadhakishoreIan Manikaya in 1901 at
a cost of 10 lakh of rupees. The palace is set with the huge lughole style
gardens, adorned by pools and fountains, the superbly tiled floors, curved
wooden ceiling and exquisitely crafted doors. The three storeyed mansion
has a mixed architecture with three high domes(the centre one being 86'
high). Its well laid out gardens have two large tanks on either side and
the fountains are laid out in the patterns of the Mughal gardens. The
palace is floodlit at night.
How to Reach Agartala
Air : Agartala, the capital of Tripura, has an airport if its own.
The domestic airport is connected to other airports like Kolkata,
Guwahati. Several private and public airlines operate regular flights to
and from Agartala. Since Tripura is located close to the neighboring
country of Bangladesh, it is easy to reach Agartala from Dhaka
The nearest rail station from Agartala is Kumarghat (140kms). It is linked
to Guwahati, which serves as almost the gateway to the northeastern India
and is connected to many important cities in India. Several trains like:
B.G. Express, Cachar Express and Barak Valley Express service this station
A good network of roads connect covers Agartala. The city is located at
close distances from the notable cities in the northeastern India, like:
Guwahati (599kms), Aizawl (374kms), Shillong (487kms), Silchar (317kms)
and so on.
Sight Seeing Agartala:
Jagannath temple:- This is located within the grounds of the
Palace, across a man-made lake. The 19th century temple has a magnificent
four-storeyed tower or shikara. Across the gardens is the Ummaneshwar
The Chaturdasa Devata temple:- It is an Old Tripura.
Inside are the carved heads of 14 dieties. The temple is in the Bankura
style of West Bengal, blended with the style of a Buddhist pagoda. In July
an important festival known as Kharchi Puja is held here, and tribals come
to attend it from all over the state.
State Museum:- there are
several ancient archaeological remains on display at this museum. You can
also see rare stone statues, including Buddhist sculptures from the
8th-10th century. There is a fascinating display of Bengal Kantha
embroidery work in one gallery.
Tribal Museum:- this has an
interesting display of tribal artifacts and costumes.
this is a beautiful lake about 27 km from Tripura. There is a Kali temple
with a 12th century Durga deity here.
Sepahijala Nature Reserve:-
this is a small wildlife sanctuary also with a lake, mini-zoo and
horticultural park. Although small, the zoo has a good collection of
animals and is well-maintained. But you should definitely try and see
hoolock gibbons and the spectacular golden langur in the surrounding wild
areas of the reserve.