Agartala is an extremely beautiful city lying on the Haroa river. It presents a landscape full of historical monuments, religious spots, ancient buildings museums and wildlife sanctuaries. The city boasts of the ever beautiful Ujjayanta palace and Neermahal, the historical Kunjaban palace, the Fourteen Goddess temple and Kalibari temple among other tourist places. Agartala town is reportedly a fast growing town that has been developed culturally, aesthetically and commercially. Agartala tourism gives an insight into the rich history and culture of the city with its many number of tourist places like heritage sites, museums, historical monuments, ancient temples, sanctuaries, archeological sites and so on.
Tourist Places in Agartala
A former royal palace, the Ujjayanta Palace situated at the beautiful city Agartala, is one of the primary tourist attractions of the city and Tripura as a whole. A superbly constructed building, the Ujjayanta palace is an artistic museum standing on the banks of a small lake surrounded by lush greenery. Reportedly the largest museum in Northeast India, the name of the palace Ujjayanta was given by great poet Rabindranath Tagore.
Tripura Government Museum
Located in the heart of the town of Agartala, the Tripura Government Museum is a multipurpose museum based on art and crafts of Tripura throwing important light on the glorious past of the state. Displayed in the museum are a number of rare images, sculptures, inscriptions, terracotta items, coins, paintings and other historical artifacts which will at once grab the attention of the onlookers.
The only lake palace in Northeast India, Neer Mahal or the palace of water is a wonderful water palace situated in Agartala city. A former royal palace, Neer Mahal has been built at the centre of Rudrasagar lake having an area of 5.35 sq km. King Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya built the Neer Mahal for one of the Maharajas in 1930.
Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary
Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary located in Agartala possesses exquisite flora and fauna. The sanctuary with its many species of flora and fauna, with a botanical garden and a zoological park, orchid garden and beautiful lakes surrounded by lush greenery present a beautiful sight of nature’s beauty to the visitors.
Gumti Wildlife Sanctuary
Located amid lush greenery in the south east corner of Tripura, the Gumti Wildlife Sanctuary would please one with its varied species of flora and fauna. Established in 1988 the sanctuary spreads across an area of 390 sq kms. Gumti Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal destination for tourists interested in eco tourism.
Situated 1 km north of the Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala, Kunjaban palace is an enormous building set up on a green hillock having exquisite scenic beauty. The well laid gardens and lawns here make it an extremely beautiful place. Kunjaban palace has impressive memories of great poet Rabindranath Tagore staying there and composing some of his finest songs.
Situated adjacent to the Kunjaban palace, the Malancha Niwas, set up atop a hillock was originally a kaccha house where Rabindranath Tagore stayed during his visit in 1919. The pucca construction was subsequently built and was given the name Malancha Niwas. Located at a serene atmosphere, the picturesque landscape of the place adds to the beauty of the Niwas.
Inaugurated in 2003, the Nehru park in front of “Aranya bhavan”, headquarter of the Forest Department, in Agartala is a serene park with varied floral plants and greenery all around.
Rose Valley Amusement Park
Rosevalley Amusement Park is one of its kind amusement park in the state of Tripura. Situated in the capital city Agartala, the park is full of fun filled activities where you have a blast with your family and friends. Visit this park to engage in some amazing activities like that of fun rides, including boat rides, water park, etc. This amusement park is a '"don't miss" thing and one of the topmost destinations in your travel kitty.
Located near the Raj Bhavan, opposite Malancha Niwas, at Agartala the Heritage park presents a unique idea, recreating all the tourist spots and monuments of historic importance from all over Tripura in one place. With greenery, plantations and structures here the Heritage park presents a beautiful spot for recreational activities.
Religious Spots in Agartala
Agartala is an excellent place for religious tourism. The religious places in Agartala include:
Fourteen Goddess Temple
Situated 14 kms from Agartala, the Fourteen Goddess Temple, also known as Chaturdas Devata temple, is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built by maharaja Krishna Kishore Manikya in the mid 18th century, the “Chantais” (Tribal priests) do “puja” in the temple who were engaged in this from the time of the maharajas.
Situated at the shore of the Jagannath Dighi lake, an ornamentally created lake, the Jagannath temple is one of the major tourist attractions of the capital. Built in the 19th century by then Maharaja of Tripura Radha Kishore Manikya, the temple has extremely beautiful structure which shows close proximity to the Islamic style of architecture and design.
Laxmi Narayan temple
One of the important religious spots in Agartala, the Laxmi Narayan temple is situated at the main entrance of the Ujjayanta Palace.
Located close to the Ujjayanta palace, the Durgabari temple in Agartala is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Durga puja and Kali puja are celebrated with much enthusiasm here in the temple.
Gedu Mia’s Mosque
Located at Shibnagar area in Agartala, the Gedu Mia’s Maszid is the primary holy shrine of the Muslims in Tripura.
Located at Kunjaban area in northern part of Agartala town, Benuban Vihar is one of the most attractive Buddhist destinations of Tripura.
Other than these there are also interesting tourist and religious spots in Agartala tourists would enjoy exploring.
Shopping in Agartala
Shopping is a favorite activity of the people. All the more interesting when one visits a place like Agartala. Agartala welcomes you with a wide range of options to shop stuffs like exquisite silk and handlooms items, cane and bamboo products, handicraft products and take back home some souvenirs and gifts for your near and dear ones. Once in Agartala tourists can pick up the finest traditional Tripuri jewellery also known to have ethnic designs and styles. The famous shopping places in Agartala are Big Bazar, Agartala City Centre, Jagat Bazar, Metro Bazar, Amulya market and Battala Market among others.
Transport in Agartala
Agartala has a well connected air, rail and road network. Therefore, communication to and in Agartala would be an easy and convenient . There are direct flights to Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi and Chennai and other places from Agartala. If you are travelling to Agartala by rail then you can travel upto Lumding, Assam, then from Lumding there is overnight express train for Agartala. For road transport, there are bus facilities available from Guwahati, Shillong and Silchar to Agartala. Agartala is situated only at a distance of 2 kms from Bangladesh. There is also bus service to Dhaka from Agartala.
Hotels in Agartala
The capital city is growing at a rapid speed. Gradually Agartala is evolving as a developed city with a number of hotels opening up here in the city. Hotels in Agartala play an important part in helping tourist enjoy the city. Along with giving accommodations to the tourists the hotels also serve scrumptious food right from Indian to Chinese to Continental to Oriental and the list goes on. Check out some of the finest hotels in Agartala.