About Agartala, Tripura
Tripura is one of the seven states in the north eastern part of India. There is a common belief that the name of the State has originated from
"Tripura Sundari" - the presiding deity of the land which is famous as one of the 51 pethos of Hindu Pilgrims.
Agartala is the capital of Tripura and is just 2 km away from the Bangladesh border, on the banks of the Haora River. It is a peaceful administrative town with red-brick government offices concentrated around the city centre. Dominating the landscape of this former princely state is the Tripura Palace, which now seats the Legislative Assembly. Agartala was established by the kings of the Manikya dynasty, and it was originally known as â??Haveliâ??. Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya was the ruler responsible for laying the foundations of the modern, planned city of Agartala. Over the decades, Agartala has seen quite a population explosion. Culturally the city is dominated by Bengalis, and most people speak Bengali on the streets. The festival of Durga Puja is celebrated with great pomp.
How to Reach AgartalaBy Air
The main airport of the state is located in Agartala. Many public and private airlines operate regular flights to and from Agartala. From Kolkata and Guwahati it takes less than 45 minutes to reach Tripura by air. The state has 3 more airports in Khowai, Kamalpur and Kailashahar where small chartered-planes can land easily.
National Highway No.44 connects Agartala to Guwahati via Shillong in 24 hours. But the location of the state makes it more convenient to reach Agartala from Bangladesh by road.
Kumarghat is the nearest railhead, which is at a distance of 140 Km. away from Agartala. Kumarghat is linked by railways to Guwahati, which is in turn connected to the rest of the country. One can approach Guwahati from most major railway stations in India.
Important places to visit
Agartala, the capital of Tripura, is situated in the flood plains of the Howrah River. Ujjayanta Palace, which is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Tripura, is located in the city. The royal residence of the Manikya Kings of Tripura showcases huge Mughal style gardens, magnificent tile floor, beautiful ceilings and doors of curved wood. The city is also home to State Museum, Tribal Museum, a number of temples and Buddhist sites.
This royal house, which stands in the Capital city Agartala covering 1(one) sq.Km. area was built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya during 1899-1901. It is a two storied mansion, having a mixed type of architecture with three high domes, the central one being 86’ 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.
About 1km north of the Ujjayanta Palace, the Manikyas built here another royal palace, which bears an association with Tagore, the Nobel laureate poet. Perched on a green hillock, the scenic locality inspired him to compose a number of songs here.
Located on an island in the Rudrasagar Lake, this is also a royal palace. The Mughal influence architecture in a serene surrounding makes it one of the major tourist attractions in Tripura.
Tripura is noted for its exquisite and beautiful bamboo, cane and wooden handicrafts including cotton, silk, polyester. Visitors can watch the craft persons at work and end up shopping at ‘Purbasha’ and any of the Handloom and Handicrafts sales Emporium in any of the tourist centres including Agartala.
Tripura Sundari Temple
This temple is one of the 51 holiest 'Shaktipeeths' (Shrine of the goddess of power) in India as per Hindu mythology. The Goddess ‘Kali’ is worshipped in her incarnation as ‘Shoroshi’ (sixteen year old girl) in the temple by professional priests. An idol of smaller size of Maa Kali called 'Chotto Maa’ who stands beside the presiding deity used to be reportedly carried along by the kings during hunting expeditions and also during war for improrptu worship in tents.
This is a place where you would find numerous rock carvings, murals with their primitive beauty. The carvings trace their origin in Hindu mythology. Green vegetation around adds to the charm of the place.
Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary
Tripura has a vast forestland, which is abundant in various flora and fauna. You can spot the rare of spectacled monkey, deer and as many as 150 species of birds in this Wild Life Sanctuary.
Agartala is the capital of Tripura and is just 2 km away from the Bangladesh border, on the banks of the Haora River. It is a peaceful administrative town with red-brick government offices concentrated around the city centre.