Agartala is the capital city of the state of Tripura and is the second-largest city in north-eastern India after Guwahati in terms of municipal area as well as population. According to 2011 census, population of Agartala city is 399,700. It lies on the bank of Haora River and shares its western border with Bangladesh. Unlike the other six capitals of north-eastern states, which are predominantly hilly, Agartala lies on the western end of the great Ganga-Brahmaputra plain of Bangladesh and shares much of its culture, language and cuisine as well with this neighboring nation. Agartala is famous for its temples, palaces, and rich history of the Manikya kings and its connection to Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Agartala is also noted for its bamboo handicrafts, and local hand-woven shawls and textiles. Its close proximity to other places of interest in Tripura (25km from Sipahijala, 55km from Udaipur, 50km from Neer Mahal, 178km from Unakoti) makes Agartala a suitable base for exploring rest of the state.
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Agartala can be reached by plane, rail and road.
 By Plane
Agartala Airport (IATA: IXA)  is located 12km northwest of the city in Singerbhil. The airport is served by most of the major airlines of India from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai & nearly all other major airports in the country via Kolkata or Guwahati. There are several non-stop flights everyday from Kolkata and Guwahati. Typical airfare for these flights varies from Rs. 1800 (USD 35) to Rs. 3500 (USD 70), but can be much higher during peak travel seasons (Durga Puja in October/November, Christmas and New Year) unless tickets are booked several months in advance.
To travel from the airport to the city: Taxis and auto-rickshaws are available outside the airport. The drivers flock around the arrival gate and are mostly reliable. Expect to pay around Rs. 150 (USD 3) for an auto-rickshaw and Rs. 300 (USD 6) for a taxi, but it is better to negotiate a price before boarding the vehicle. The drive to city takes approximately 20 minutes.
Most of the hotels also have pickup services. Contact your hotel in advance to make an arrangement for you. Although public transports (buses and shared auto-rickshaws) are available just outside the airport gate, they are typically very crowded and not advisable for first time travellers.
 By Train
Agartala can be reached directly by train from Silchar and Lumding in Assam. From Guwahati one have to come to Lumding by B.G. train, then from Lumding there is an Overnight Express train for Agartala. Tickets can be booked online from the Indian railways website  or from any computerized railway reservation counter in India.
Agartala railway station is located a few kilometers south of the city center. It is modeled after the Ujjayanta Palace. The beautiful and grand architecture makes it a place worth visiting. One can hire an autorickshaw or a taxi from the station to travel to any part of the city.
 By Bus
Agartala can be reached directly by bus from Guwahati, Shillong and Silchar. The escort facility in the norther part of Tripura has been lifted recently as a result of the decrease in dominance of the insurgent groups.
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Paddle Rickshaws are the principle mode of travel within the city limits. The fare may range from Rs 5/- to Rs25/-.
Auto Rickshaws plying in specified routes are also available. Tough designated stands are at Motorstand, Nagarjala, Abhaynagar, Old RMS etc. All you need to do to catch an "auto" (locally known as "Tempu") is to stand in the route and be watchful. Unlike many other Indian cities, in Agartala auto rickshaws have an authorised sitting capacity of 4 persons at the rear and passengers are comfortable squeezing in by little adjustment.
Recently, government city buses hve started plying throughout the city and its sub-urban areas. The fare range is from Rs 5/- to Rs 10/- but the only problem is that the fgrequency is low. They currently ply in 7 routes covering the whole city.
Auto-rickshaws are available for to and fro travel to Airport.
Local buses are available for long routes.
For a day's trip to Kamalasagar, Sipahijala, Udaipur, Neermahal etc. a cab can be hired from Battala syndicate.
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Cane and Bamboo artworks.
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Indian, Chinese, Continental foods are available in any good hotel at Agartala. A number of modest restaurants cater various cuisine. Relatively cheap in comparison to Indian Metros, quality wise also at par with them.
There is also 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.
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Agartala is teeming with liquor shops where cheap brands are easily available. Though it is not permissible to drink openly in the roads or public places as is in vogue for most of the Indian cities.
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As Agartala is still a growing city, you will not find Heritage hotels or splurge hotels as in other cities, but there are many high-quality hotels. Some of them are:
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