Agartala

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Agartala is the capital city of Tripura, a north-eastern state of India.

The Ujjayanta Palace at Agartala

Get in[edit]

You can get in to Agartala by plane, train and bus.

By plane[edit]

Agartala can be reached by air from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai and many other cities of India via Kolkata or Guwahati. Airfare varies from Rs 1,800-7,000.

By train[edit]

Agartala can be reached directly by train from Silchar and Badarpur in Assam. From Guwahati you have to reach Lumding and then change trains to take an overnight train to Agartala

By bus[edit]

Agartala can be reached directly by bus from Guwahati, Shillong and Silchar. The Akhaura check post also connects Agartala to Dhaka. This route extends to Kolkata in West Bengal.

Get around[edit]

Paddle Rickshaws are the principal mode of travel within the city limits. The fare may range from Rs 5-25.

Auto Rickshaws plying on fixed routes are also available. Designated stops are at Motorstand, Nagarjala, Abhaynagar, Old RMS etc. All you need to do to catch an "auto" (locally known as "Tempu") is to stand on the route and be watchful. Auto rickshaws have an authorized sitting capacity of 4 persons, and passengers are comfortable squeezing in by little adjustment. Auto-rickshaws are available for travel to the Airport.

Recently, government city buses have started plying throughout the city and its sub-urban areas. The fare ranges from Rs 5 to 10, but the frequency is low. They currently ply on 7 routes covering the whole city.

For a day trip to Kamalasagar, Sipahijala, Udaipur, Neermahal etc. a cab can be hired from Battala syndicate.

See[edit]

  • Ujjayanta Palace. Built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya during 1899-1901, this is a two storied mansion, with mixed type of architecture with three high domes, the central one being 86 feet high. The magnificent tile floor, curved wooden ceiling and beautifully crafted doors are notable. The palace has huge Mughal style gardens, beautified by pools and gardens. Flood lighting and fountains have also added to its beauty. Now it houses the State Legislative Assembly.
  • Rose Valley Amusement Park.
  • Maharaja Bir Bikram College. Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishor Manikya Bahadur, the last king of Tripura founded this in the year 1947.
  • Akhaura Checkpost. It handles the largest number of visitors to and from neighbouring Bangladesh.
  • Tripura Government Museum. Established 1970, situated in the heart of the town, it preserves some rare images, epigraphs numismatic evidence which throws light on the glorious past of Tripura and some of the adjoining States.
  • Sukanta Academy. It is a science museum located in the heart of Agartala town. A small planetarium has also been set up within the complex to attract students, research scholars and scientist.
  • Jagannath Temple. Famous not only from the pilgrims point of view, this temple is also a remarkable architectural feat with its octagonal base and its impressive pradhakshin patha round the sanctum. The pillars are crowned by square and pyramidal cones.
  • Lakshmi Narayan Temple. The idol of Lord Krishna was installed by Krishnananda Sevayet of Laxmi Narayan temple more than 45 years ago. The temple is also registered under the Indian antiquity act.
  • Nehru Park. Inaugurated in the year 2003, is a happy hub for people of all ages looking to get away from the city.
  • Venuban Vihar. A Buddha Temple, it is one of the most attractive Buddhist destinations of Tripura, located at Kunjaban area in northern part of Agartala town.
  • Rabindra Kanan. Quietly nestled south of Raj Bhawan, the sprawling ‘Rabindra Kanan’, a park with lush greenery and an abundance of flowers, is home to children and young people, looking for a peaceful getaway.
  • Gedu Miar Maszid. The main place of worship for the Muslims of Tripura, this imposing ‘Maszid’, located in Shibnagar area of Agartala bears testimony to the devotion and piety of a remarkable individual .
  • Mariyam Nagar Church. Standing amidst the lush green lap of nature, seven kilometres east of Agartala, Mariamnagar is actually a historical site. The Catholic church in this sparsely populated pastoral scenario had once been used by Portuguese settlers.

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

Cane and Bamboo artwork.

Eat[edit]

Indian, Chinese, Continental food is available in any good restaurant in Agartala. Prices are low compared to Indian Metros and comparable in quality. Excellent street food available and the main street is a hub of activity during the evening where you can get anything from chai to particularly good popcorn.

Drink[edit]

Agartala is teeming with liquor shops where cheap brands are easily available. It is not permissible to drink openly on the roads or in public places.

Sleep[edit]

As Agartala is still a growing city, you will not find grand old hotels as in other cities, but there are many good hotels.

  • Hotel City CentreHari Ganga Basak Road , Madhyapara Lane , Agartala – 799001 +91 94361 28298, +91 98312 79022, +91 381-238 5270, +91 381-238 5258, +91 381-238 5092. It is a three star hotel in the heart of Agartala. Rs 800-3000.
  • Executive Inn HotelPost Office Chowmohani, Agartala - 799001 +91 381 - 2325047. It is a new hotel in the heart of Agartala. Rs 900-2,700.
  • Hotel GingerKhejur Bagan, Airport Road, Barjala Mouja, Agartala, Tripura. A three star hotel by the Tata group, it is one of the finest hotels of Agartala. It is also the nearest from the airport. Starts Rs 1,300.
  • Rajarshi Badsha HotelNear Circuit House, Agartala +91 381-220 1034. Rs 400-1,700.
  • Rajdhani HotelB.K. Road, Agartala 799006 +91 381-222 3387. Rs 1200-1900.
  • Radha International HotelCentral Road, Agartala - 799001 +91 381-238 4530. Rs 600-2,700.
  • Royal Guest HousePalace Compound, West Gate, Agartala - 799001 +91 381-231 3781. Rs 500-2000.
  • Welcome Palace HotelHari Ganga Basak Road, Agartala - 799001 +91 381-384 940. Rs 700-3,500.

Go next[edit]

  • Pilak
  • Matabari
  • Melaghar
  • Sipahijala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Unakoti
  • Jampui Hills
  • Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Gondacherra Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Domboor Lake and Raima valley


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