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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[1]. 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[2]. 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.

The Ujjainti Palace at Agartala
State of Tripura having 4 districts, roadways & small railway network.

Get in[edit]

Agartala can be reached by plane, rail and road.

Weather[edit]

Weather[3]

By Plane[edit]

Agartala Airport (IATA: IXA) [4] 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[edit]

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 [5] 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[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

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, Nagerjala, Abhoynagar, 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. Moreover, you may face problem if you do not carry much coins of Rs. 1,2 & 5 which are very much necessary for travelling in Agartala as well as Tripura.

Recently, government city buses have 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 frequency 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.

See[edit][add listing]

  • 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.  edit
  • Rose Valley Amusement Park.  edit
  • 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.  edit
  • Akhaura Checkpost. It handles the largest number of visitors to and from neighbouring Bangladesh.  edit
  • 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.  edit
  • 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.  edit
  • 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.  edit
  • 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.  edit
  • Nehru Park. , Inaugurated in the year 2003 , is a happy hub of people of all ages tired of living in ‘city pent’.  edit
  • 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.  edit
  • 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.  edit
  • 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 .  edit
  • 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.  edit
  • Ujjanta Palace, Agartala (Main City)
  • Neermahal Palace, Melagarh (Approx 50 km)
  • Maata Bari temple, Udaipur (Approx 60 km)
  • Bhubaneswari Temple, Udaipur (Approx 60 km)
  • Unakoti, Kailasahar (Approx 150 km)
  • Jampui Hills, North Tripura (Approx 200 km)
  • Pilak, South Tripura (Approx 100 km)
  • Kamalasagar, Kashba (Approx 40 km)
  • Maharaja Bir Bikram College, Agartala (Main City)
  • Malanchya Nivas, Agartala (Main City)
  • Temple of Fourteen Gods, Old Agartala (Approx 15 km)
  • Akhaura Border, Agartala (Main City)
  • Rose Valley Park, Agartala (Outskirt of the city)

Itineraries[edit]

A Weekend Itinerary for visiting Tripura

Day1 (Sunday):

7.00  am: Arrival at Agartala airport

            (Regular flights available: Air India, Indigo, Jet Airways, Jetlite)

8.00  am: Check in any hotel. Breakfast.

9.00  am: City tour starts via AC cab, covering Ujjayanta Palace, Rabindra

               Kanan, Sukanta Academy, MBB College, New Secretariat.

11.00AM: Move to Rose Valley Park.

01.00PM: Visit Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary, boating at lake.

03.00PM: Move to Udaipur, explore Tripureswari and Bhubaneswari Temple.

05.00PM: Visit Neermahal or Lake Palace at Melaghar.

                Enjoy Light and Sound Show.

07.00PM: Collect Souvenirs from Purbasha, Govt. Emporium.

09.00PM: Dinner and Rest at Hotel.

Day 2 (Monday).

8.30AM: Check out from Hotel, move towards Airport.

9.30AM: Departure for Kolkata/ New Delhi.

Do[edit][add listing]

Buy[edit][add listing]

Cane and Bamboo artworks.

Eat[edit][add listing]

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.

  • Narayana Hotel and Restaurant, Durgabari Road, Opposite- Rabindra Bhawan, 8794405148. Serves Indian, Chinese, Continental and Thai Cuisine. 150 onwards.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

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.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

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.  edit
  • 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.  edit
  • Executive Inn Hotel, Post Office Chowmohani, Agartala - 799001, 0381 - 2325047. It is a new hotel in the heart of Agartala. Rs 450 - Rs 2700.  edit
  • Rajdhani Hotel, B.K. Road, Agartala 799006, 0381 - 2223387. Rs 1200 -Rs 1900.  edit
  • Welcome Palace Hotel, Hari Ganga Basak Road, Agartala - 799001, 0381 - 2384940. Rs 700 to Rs 3500.  edit
  • Radha International Hotel, Central Road, Agartala - 799001, 0381 - 2384530. Rs 600 - Rs 2700.  edit
  • Rajarshi Badsha Hotel, Near Circuit House, Agartala, 0381 - 2201034. Rs 400 - Rs 1700.  edit
  • Royal Guest House, Palace Compound, West Gate, Agartala - 799001, 0381 - 2313781. Rs 500 - Rs 2000.  edit
  • Minakshi Hotel, HGB Road near Welcome Palace. One of the only budget hotels in town. Clean, basic and cheap. single w/ bathroom Rs 200.  edit


Get out[edit]

  • Pilak
  • Matabari
  • Melaghar
  • Sipahijala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Unakoti
  • Jampui Hills
  • Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Gondacherra Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Domboor Lake and Raima valley



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