(Last Updated on : 16/04/2009)
Agartala is the capital of Indian state Tripura. It is a laid-back administrative centre very reminiscent of the low-level towns of Bangladesh, whose border is just 2 km away. It is situated on the banks of Haroa river. It is located at about 1680 km from Calcutta and 599 km from Guwahati. Rich in flora and fauna,the legendary state of Tripura is a fascinating world in itself. Agartala gained prominence when Maharaja Krishna Manikya shifted his capital here in the 19th century.
The best time to visit Agartala is between October and April. The town is known for its cultural and historical worth that is visible when one sees the bright bamboo and cloth umbrellas over ponds. Such parasols are part of the tribal customs of grandsons commemorating the deaths of their grandfathers on their anniversaries.
Around Agartala are places famous for rock cuts and carvings like Debtamura situated at 75km away from Agartala and Unakoti located at about 178 km from Agartala and Pilak about 100 km from Agartala.
Its main monument of interest is the gleaming white Ujjayanta Palace,completed in 1901. It was built in the Indo-Saracenic style in 1901 by Maharaja Radhakishore Manikya. It is a two-storeyed mansion,with 28 hectares of parkland,and now houses the office of the State Legislative Assembly.
In its grounds one of the many temples located within its grounds is the Jaganath temple which is an orange tower rising from an octagonal plinth, is open to the public. Other temples of interest include Umamaheswar temple directly opposite Jaganath across the Palace gardens,and the Buddhist Venuban Vihar 1km north on Airport Road. The rather unusual Gedu Mian Mosque near the Motor Stand is encrusted with a mosaic of crockery pieces.
Kunjaban Palace, Pushpavant Palace Another major atraction for the tourists is Kunjaban Palace that was built in 1917 by Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya. Originally called Pushbanta Palace,it is located about 1km away from the Ujjayanta Palace. The Palace is now the official residence of the Governor of Tripura. The southern part of the Palace called Rabindra Kanan is open to the public.
Neermahal is situated at about 55km away from Agartala. It was built in the year 1930 by the late Maharaja Birbikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur. It is located amidst the lake named Rudrasagar. It is the only lake palace in Eastern India and has been built in a mixture of Hindu and Mughal styles.
Mata Tripureshwari Temple
Mata Tripureshwari Temple,an important pilgrimage center is situated at a distance of 58 km from Agaratala. It houses the statue of Goddess Kali. The Chaturdas Devta Bari Temple,located at 14 km from Agartala is famous for the tribal festival of Karachi held in the month of July annually. Maa Bhubaneshwari Temple is located at right banks of the Gomti River by Maharaja Govinda Manikya that was built in the 17th century. Other important temples of Agartala are Lakshmi Narayan temple,Jagannath temple,Uma Maheshwari temple,and Durga temple. The Buddha Vihar houses the Burmese statues of Lord Buddha and is situated on Airport Road in the North of the city.
Among the many temple of Tripura, The Jannath temple with its orange tower rises from an octagonal plinth across the road. It contains some fascinating and very clourful sculptures depicting various episodes in the life of Lord Krishna.
Jampui Hills are located at a distance of about 200 km from Agartala and is famous as the land of the permanent spring. It is at a range of about 300 ft above sea level. The place is known for its natural splendor and serene atmosphere. Located at 55 km south of the city is the city of lakes,Udaipur,which is known for its Mahadev temple and Tripura Sundari temple. The Sepajhila wildlife sanctuary and Krishna wildlife sanctuary are nearby Agartala.
By Air :
Agartala is connected by airlines flights with Calcutta,Guwahati,Delhi.
By Rail :
The two nearest railway stations are Kumarghat (160 kms) and Dharama Nagar (200 kms).
By Road :
Silchar- 288 kms,Guwahati- 599 kms,Shillong- 499 kms,Dharmanagar- 200 kms.