- Amazing Agartala, the capital of Tripura is set amidst scenic surroundings.
- Studded with beautiful palace, lake, well laid out gardens.
- Official buildings built in red brick.
- Maharaja Bir Bikram Singh built an airport over here in 1930.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Agartala Airport, Agartala (IXA), 10 kms away from Agartala city centre.
- Rail: Manughat/ Kumarghat Railway Station, Manughat/ Kumarghat, 120 kms away from Agartala. It can be reached from Guwahati via Lumding in Assam.
- Road: Well connected with NH 44.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE
FORT & MONUMENTS
Ujjayanta Palace Kunjaban Palace Neermahal
Jagannath Temple Temple of Chaturdasa Devata Kamalasagar Kali Temple Udaipur Tripurasundari Temple Unakoti
MUSEUM & AUDITORIUM
Tripura Govt. Museum
Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary
ATTRACTIONS OF AGARTALA
- Ujjayanta Palace:
- Set in the heart of the town.
- Built by Maharaja Radhakishore Manikya in 1901.
- Three storied palace resembling the Victoria Memorial of Kolkata is surrounded by beautiful Mughal inspired gardens.
- Palace is floodlit at night and is a sight to behold.
- Now houses the State Legislature.
- Kunjaban Palace:
- Palace on the lush hillock was built in 1917.
- The official residence of the Governor of the State.
- In 1926, Rabindranath Tagore resided in the eastern apartment of the palace for some time and is said to have penned down many of his poems over here.
- Southern side of the palace known as Rabindra Kanan has been opened for public viewing.
- Tripura Govt. Museum:
- Exhibits a fine collection of the archaeological finds of the region.
- Museum has 4 galleries – Archaeological, Sculpture, Painting and Tribal Culture and has about 1645 artefacts.
- Jagannath Temple:
- 19th century shrine is noted for its 4 storeyed sikhara or tower.
- Showcases the traditional handicrafts of the region.
- An excellent place to shop cane and bamboo handicrafts and handlooms.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND AGARTALA
- Temple of Chaturdasa Devata:
- 8 kms away from Agartala city near old Agartala.
- Shrine is dedicated to 14 goddesses, which represented by their hands only.
- A fine blend of Bengali and Buddhist architecture.
- Famous for the Kharchi Festival, held in every July and attended by thousands of pilgrims.
- Kamalasagar Kali Temple:
- 27 kms away from Agartala city.
- Excavation of the Kamalsagar Lake was initiated in 15th century by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya.
- On Kamalsagar Lake banks is a 16th century shrine of goddess Kali.
- 52 kms away from Agartala city.
- Beautiful historic town famous for its lakes.
- It was former capital of Manikyas and still retains the aura of its glorious past.
- Some of its attractions are, the Jagannath Dighi Lake and relics of Jagannath temple on its banks, the 17th century Mughal Masjid and Bhuvaneswari Temple.
- Tripurasundari Temple:
- 3 kms away from Udaipur city and 55 kms away from Agartala city.
- Tortoise domed temple built in 1501, by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya atop a hill is the most important attraction of Tripura.
- One of the 51 Shakti Peeths of Hindu pilgrimage and dedicated to Tripurasundari (Parvati).
- Adjoining Kalyansagar Lake has a large number of tortoises and fishes.
- Tortoises are held sacred by the devotees of the temple, which is also referred to as the Koorma (tortoise) Peeths.
- Temple is also known for Diwali celebrations.
- 55 kms away from Agartala city.
- Exotic lake palace set amidst Rudrasagar Lake is the only ‘water palace’ of Eastern India.
- Built by Raja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya in 1930 and is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture.
- Palace is reached by boat, near Melaghar.
- Annual boat race is held at the lake.
- It is also hub of migratory birds.
- 8 kms away from Kailashahar and 178 kms away from Agartala.
- Pilgrim centre known for the tribal rock carving dating back to 7th – 9th century.
- Shiv – Shakti have been worshiped here since time immemorial.
- Beautifully endorsed by the 30 feet high rock sculpture of Shiva’s head, the Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava.
- Largest bas-relief relic in the country, even bigger than the famous Mahabalipuram rock carvings.
- Jampui Hills:
- 200 kms away from Agartala city.
- Seat of “permanent spring” is endowed with bracing climate all over the year and spectacular scenic beauty.
- Known for exotic orchids, ornamental trees and fragrant orange groves.
- Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary:
- 25 kms away from Agartala city.
- A delight for bird watchers.
- Large colonies of local and migratory birds sprawl over an area of 18.53 sq. kms.
- Important animals seen here are unique spectacled monkey, crab eating mongoose and ‘sharmili billi’.
- There is also an orchid and botanical garden, zoo and lake.
- Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary:
- 100 kms away from Agartala.
- Bison and golden langur are the main attractions.
- Local and migratory birds can also be seen here.