Agartala, the capital town of the eastern state of Tripura, India is a storehouse of rich cultural diversity. Surrounded by hills on three sides, Agartala is a picturesque city in northeastern India. The city has many remarkable buildings in the Indo-Saracenic style (a mix of Hindu and Muslim architecture), the most prominent of which is the Ujayanta Palace, built in 1901 by Maharaja Radha Krishna Kishore Manikya Bahadur.
Agartala gained prominence when Maharaja Krishna Kishore Manikya shifted his capital from old Agartala to the present site, in 19th century.
Agartala can serve as a comfortable base for seeing the rest of scenic Tripura, which has wildlife sanctuaries, rock-cut religious sculptures and fabulous ancient temples, including the Temple of Fourteen Deities in Old Agartala, the former capital 5 km to the east, which draws thousands of devotees for the Karchi Puja in the month of July.
A number of lakes in different parts of the city add to the charm of Agartala.
Agarthala Climate: The climate is characterized by moderate temperatures and a highly humid atmosphere.
Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit Agartala is between October and April. Towards the beginning and end of this period, one might experience a few showers, but they are quite refreshing.
Places To Visit: Following are the popular tourist attractions in Agartala, India.
Ujjayanta Palace :
Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya built this royal house over a one Sq. km property in Agartala between 1899 and 1901. It is a two storied mansion, having a mixed type of architecture with three high domes, the central one being 86m 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 and tiled floors.
Ujjayanta Palace, now is the state Legislature Assembly office
Built by Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya in 1917, it was called Pushbanta Palace then. Now it is the governor’s residence. It is located on the northern side of Agartala. This place was frequented and cherished by poet Rabindranath Tagore.
Malancha Niwas :
The Bungalow adjacent to Kunjaban palace situated on a hillock was originally a house where Tagore stayed during his visit in 1919. The construction was subsequently built and given the name of Malancha Niwas
It has on display some of the rarest stone images, old coins, Bengal Kanthans and archaeological findings from Tripura and adjoining areas.
The Sepahijala Wild life sanctuary is just 15 Km from Agartala.
Old Agartala :
8 kms from the main city and the former capital of the state, Old Agratala is famous for the ritual worship of the fourteen presiding deities of the Royal House in Chaturdasa devta temple.
Tripurasundari Temple :
Temple of goddess Kali (locally known as matabari). Located at Udaipur South Tripura approx. 80Km from Agartala
Agartala Facts & Figures:
- Population: 175,500
- Main Language(s): Bengali, Kokbarak, English
- Time Zone: +5.30hrs GMT
- Phone Area Code: 0381