Agartala is the capital city of Tripura, and is the second-largest city in North-Eastern India after Guwahati. It is on the banks of the Haora River, near the Bangladesh border, about 90 km (55 mi) east of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka. Agartala is being developed under the Smart Cities Mission, a flagship scheme of the Government of India, the third international internet gateway after Mumbai and Chennai.
Agartala is is a city of 400,000 people (2011) on a plain along the Haora River, although the city also extends to the low-lying hills on its northern parts.
Agartala has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate just short of being hot enough to qualify as a borderline tropical savanna/tropical monsoon climate. Large amounts of rain fall all year except during the dry "winter" or "cool" season. The city experiences long, hot and wet summers, lasting from April to October. Average temperatures are around 28 °C or 82.4 °F, fluctuating with rainfall. There is a short, mild winter from mid-November to early March, with mostly dry conditions and average temperatures around 18 °C (64 °F). The best time to visit is from September to February. Summers are long and extremely hot with much sunlight and warm days. Rain is very common in this season, and the city can be found flooded. The Haora River flows through the city and remains flooded with water during the time of monsoon.
You can get in to Agartala by plane, train and bus.
- 1 Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur Airport (IXA IATA). 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 ₹1,800-7,000.
Conversion to broad gauge of the railway have finally enabled Agartala to be connected to the broader Indian network, the new Tripura Sundari Express links Delhi with Agartala once every week via Guwahati. Agartala can also be reached directly by train from Silchar and Badarpur in Assam. An ongoing project to link Agartala with Sabroom, next to the border with Bangladesh is ongoing and expected to open in 2020.
There is no public transport here, which means travelling by taxis, Maxx cabs, or shared rickshaws all over to commute.
Paddle Rickshaws are the principal mode of travel within the city limits. The fare may range from ₹5-25.
The battery-operated rickshaws which are locally called tomtom are very popular because they have the cheapest fares. Some cycle rickshaws have been converted to a battery-operated rickshaw. The drivers are genuine rickshaw drivers from backward classes.
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" or "auto") is to stand on the route and be watchful. Auto rickshaws have an authorized sitting capacity of 3 persons, and passengers are comfortable squeezing in by little adjustment. Auto-rickshaws are available for travel to the airport also.
Government city buses ply throughout the city and its sub-urban areas. The fare ranges from ₹5 to ₹10, but the frequency is low. They 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.
- 1 Akhaura Checkpost. It handles the largest number of visitors to and from neighbouring Bangladesh.
- 2 Gedu Miar Maszid. The main place of worship for the Muslims of Tripura, this imposing ‘Maszid’, in Shibnagar area of Agartala bears testimony to the devotion and piety of a remarkable individual.
- 3 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.
- 4 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.
- 5 Maharaja Bir Bikram College. Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishor Manikya Bahadur, the last king of Tripura founded this in the year 1947.
- 6 Mariyam Nagar Church (Mariyam Nagar Catholic Church). Standing amidst the lush green lap of nature, 7 km east of Agartala, Mariamnagar is a historical site. The Catholic church in this sparsely populated pastoral scenario had once been used by Portuguese settlers.
- 7 Nehru Park. Inaugurated in 2003, it is a happy hub for people of all ages looking to get away from the city.
- 8 Rabindra Kanan, Krishna Nagar. 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.
- Rose Valley Amusement Park.
- 9 Sukanta Academy. It is a science museum in the heart of Agartala town. A small planetarium has also been set up within the complex to attract students, research scholars and scientist.
- 10 Tripura Government Museum. Established 1970 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.
- 11 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.
- 12 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.
- 13 1971 War Memorial, Dhaleswar, 799001. It is a war memorial dedicated to the Indian soldiers who died during the Bangladesh liberation war of 1971.
Cane and bamboo artwork is available.
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.
- Momos N More, Advisor Chowmuhani, Krishna Nagar, ☏ . Fried rice, noodles and of course, momo dumplings.
- Sherwoli Sweets: It is near ujjayanto palace. Mini Thali is awesome here. Feast to the Taste Buds!
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.
As Agartala is still a growing city, you will not find grand old hotels as in other cities, but there are many good hotels.
- Executive Inn Hotel, Post Office Chowmohani, ☏ . It is a new hotel in the heart of Agartala. ₹900-2,700.
- 1 Hotel City Centre, 39, Hari Ganga Basak Rd, ☏ . It is a three-star hotel in the heart of Agartala. ₹800-3000.
- 2 Ginger Hotel, Khejur Bagan, Airport Road, Barjala Mouja, ☏ . A three-star hotel by the Tata group, it is one of the finest hotels of Agartala. It is also the nearest to the airport. Starts ₹1,300.
- Radha International Hotel, Central Road, ☏ . ₹600-2,700.
- Rajarshi Badsha Hotel, Near Circuit House, ☏ . ₹400-1,700.
- Rajdhani Hotel, B.K. Road, ☏ . ₹1200-1900.
- Royal Guest House, Palace Compound, West Gate, ☏ . ₹500-2000.
- 3 Welcome Palace Hotel, Hari Ganga Basak Road, ☏ . ₹700-3,500.
- Domboor Lake and Raima valley — Domboor Lake has 48 islands surrounded by green forests and vegetation. Water sports are an attraction for travellers and for bird watchers. Raima valley is a scenic area with several decorative gardens
- Gondacherra Wildlife Sanctuary — Forested area for various species of primates, tiger, etc. Surrounding bodies of water provide home to several species of birds and seasonal migratory birds
- Jampui Hills — Sparsely populated area; once a site of orange plantations, now provides a leisurely and peaceful atmosphere of scenic views for travellers
- Matabari — is the site for the extremely revered Tripureswari Mandir and festival
- Melaghar — a small town approx. 50 km from Agartala, hosts several festivals during the year and is home to Neermahal (one of the few water palaces in India)
- Pilak — an archaeological site where Buddhist and Hindu artifacts have been discovered
- Sipahijala Wildlife Sanctuary — is a woodland area with an artificial lake and contains natural botanical and zoological gardens. There are enclosures for a wide variety of animals
- Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary — has areas of virgin forest containing some rare vegetation. Indian Bison is an attraction as well as species of birds, deer, langur, reptiles and other animals
- Unakoti — an historic and ancient Shaivite (Hindu sect) place of pilgrimage where one can view the many rock carvings and murals in an area of mountains and waterfalls. This place is awesome, but beware of the travel from Agartala to Unakoti. The roads are in very bad condition and taking a train from Agartala to Kumarghat and from there shared rickshaws for about ₹80-100 will take you to Unakoti. It is on the way from Kumarghat to Dharmanagar. This place is totally worth the fun