Agartala is the capital city of Tripura, a north-eastern state of India.
The Ujjainti Palace at Agartala
You can get in to Agartala by plane, train and bus.
Agartala can be reached by air from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai & many other cities of India via Kolkata or Guwahati.
There are many flights from Guwahati and Kolkata and a number of airlines operate in this route. It might be better to consult a authorized travel agent to choose the best at lowest fare. Airfare varies from Rs. 1800 to Rs.7000.
Agartala can be reached directly by train from Silchar and Badarpur 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.
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.
The Akhaura Checkpost also connects Agartala to Dhaka, the capital of the neighbouring country of Bangladesh. This route extends to Kolkata in West Bengal.
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.
- Ujjayanta Palace. Built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya during 1899-1901, is a two storied mansion, having a 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 particularly notable. The palace is set with 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 illustrious king of Tripura was the architect and founder of this pioneering institution of higher learning in the state which was established 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 throw 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 architectual feat with its octagonal base and its impression pradhkshin patha round the sanctum. The pillars are crowned by square and pyramidal cones.
- Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Icon of Lord Krishna was installed by Krishnananda Sevayet of Laxmi Narayan temple more than 45 years ago. The temple is also registered under Indian antiquitity act like monument.
- Nehru Park. , Inaugurated in the year 2003 , is a happy hub of people of all ages tired of living in ‘city pent’.
- 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 nest for heart-to-heart chatting.
- Gedu Miar Maszid. The pride of place for the minority 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.
Cane and Bamboo artworks.
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.
- Abhishek Hotel and Restaurant, Durgabari Road, Opposite- Rabindra Bhawan, ☎ 8794405148. Serves Indian, Chinese, Continental and Thai Cuisine. 150 onwards.
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.
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:
- Hotel City Centre, Hari Ganga Basak Road , Madhyapara Lane , Agartala – 799001, ☎ 09436128298 / 09831279022 / 0381-2385270 / 2385258 /2385092. It is a three star hotel in the heart of Agartala. Rs 800 - Rs 3000.
- Hotel Ginger, Khejur 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 from Rs 1300.
- Executive Inn Hotel, Post Office Chowmohani, Agartala - 799001, ☎ 0381 - 2325047. It is a new hotel in the heart of Agartala. Rs 900 - Rs 2700.
- Rajdhani Hotel, B.K. Road, Agartala 799006, ☎ 0381 - 2223387. Rs 1200 -Rs 1900.
- Welcome Palace Hotel, Hari Ganga Basak Road, Agartala - 799001, ☎ 0381 - 2384940. Rs 700 to Rs 3500.
- Radha International Hotel, Central Road, Agartala - 799001, ☎ 0381 - 2384530. Rs 600 - Rs 2700.
- Rjarshi Badsha Hotel, Near Circuit House, Agartala, ☎ 0381 - 2201034. Rs 400 - Rs 1700.
- Royal Guest House, Palace Compound, West Gate, Agartala - 799001, ☎ 0381 - 2313781. Rs 500 - Rs 2000.
- Sipahijala Wildlife Sanctuary
- Jampui Hills
- Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary
- Gondacherra Wildlife Sanctuary
- Domboor Lake and Raima valley