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Agartala is the capital city of Tripura located in the north-eastern part of India. The city is known for its rich natural habitat and culture and is also known as the second-largest city in the north-eastern region of India, after Guwahati. Situated near the Indo-Bangladesh border, Agartala is home to Hindu traditions, Mughalian architecture, tribal settlement, cultural heritage, unique cuisine, exciting boat races, and varied events and festivals that keep the tourists engaged throughout the year.  

Historical Significance of Agartala

Rulers from the Manikya dynasty played a major role in bringing Agartala to the limelight. Maharaja Krishna Manikya under his rule made the present-day Agartala his capital city.  After him, Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur built the Neermahal in the middle of Rudrasagar lake and made this palace his summer residence from where he used to control the entire region and make significant decisions. He also planned and developed the road network and the entire city, which is why Agartala is also referred to as the ‘City of Bir Bikram Manikya Bahadur’.

The current Agartala is although a Hindu dominant city, yet, the tribal festivals like Garia Puja, Kharchi festival and more are celebrated with the same fervour as Diwali and Durga Puja. Agartala holds a special place on every traveler's list due to the Neermahal, where the famous boat race is also organized every year. Apart from the Neermahal and boat race the state is bound to amaze you with its picturesque scenery, and rich flora, and fauna. 

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Places to visit in Agartala

Ujjayanta Palace 

Ujjayanta Palace got its name by the noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya built this palace in 1901 A.D. The Mughal style gardens and the lakefront compliments the aesthetical and architectural finesse of the palace. Today the palace is known as Tripura State Museum. 

Mahamuni Pegoda 

Mahamuni Pegoda is a Buddhist temple that attracts tourists and devotees from across the world specifically from countries like Japan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Myanmar.  

Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary  

Located 28km away from Agartala, Sepahijala wildlife sanctuary is a paradise for nature and wildlife lovers. The sanctuary also accommodates a deer park, a zoo, and a botanical garden. One may book a tourist cottage in the sanctuary and enjoy the boating facility and the view of a lush green coffee plantation in the vicinity.   

Jampui Hill 

Jampui hill range is the highest hill range in Tripura. Jampui hill is famous for its infinite landscapes, green forests, orange gardens, and mesmerizing view of sunrise and sunset.  

Events and Festivals in and Around Agartala

Ashokastami Festival

The Ashokastami Festival is held in Tripura with great zeal and enthusiasm. The major population of Tripura is Hindu however, one will find numerous tribal people celebrating all the festivals together. Perhaps it is this reason owing to which Tripura is also known as the very lab of exotic cultural synthesis. Read More...

Boat Race

The Boat Race is celebrated on an annual basis in Tripura. Held in the month of August, this is quite a popular festival which attracts a great number of people not only from Tripura but also from around the world. Men and women both participate in the boat race in teams and the winning team gets an award at the end. The event takes place in the vicinity of Neermahal that is located in the middle of Rudrasagar Lake. Read More...

Orange and Tourism Festival

Orange and tourism festival is celebrated in Jampui hills which is perhaps the only place where oranges are cultivated. Thus, the people of this place dedicate this one day to joy and gratitude. Read More...

Kharchi Festival 

Kharchi festival is another famous festival celebrated in Agartala, Tripura. The festival is celebrated in the month of July every year and is devoted to indigenous deities. This 7-day festival is marked by a colorful fair in the city wherein people come with their families to celebrate the spirit of the festival and have fun. 

Best time to visit Agartala

The months between July and October, when monsoon hits the city, is the best time to visit Agartala. The weather during this time is quite pleasant and visiting this time has an added perk of witnessing the popular boat race. One may also visit Agartala around December to witness the Neermahal cultural festival. 

How to reach Agartala?

By Air. Agartala airport is one of the busiest airports in the northeast of India. There are direct flights to Agartala from Delhi and Kolkata, and connecting flights from Mumbai and Bengaluru. After getting down from the flight one may book the local taxi or bus to reach the hotel/resort or anywhere in the city.  

By Road - If road adventure is your thing and you have planned a visit to Agartala via car or bike then you have to cover a major distance via National Highway 27 to reach Agartala. The city is 2400km, 3200km, 1500km and 3400km away from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. One may also book tickets for the tourist bus to Agartala from any city in India. 

By Train - The city of Agartala is quite well connected with the other major cities of the country via regular train routes. The Agartala railway station is where you have to get down if you are traveling by rail. One can board trains such as AGTL Passenger, Kanchanjunga express, and AGTL Sundri Express to reach this beautiful city.  

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