A Travel Guide to Agartala

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The capital of Tripura, Agartala, is the second-largest city in Northeast India and known for its royal history. It is believed that the city derives its name from the Agarwood trees popular in the region. Agartala borders Bangladesh on the banks of the Haora (Howrah) River. In fact, you will land barely a hundred metres from the international border. But, it isn't just its geography that is interesting; Agartala also has a history worth reckoning with. Some records state that the city has been habituated since 1900 BC and, even today, it has vestiges of its glorious past through palaces, temples, and shrines. The long list of things to do in Agartala includes sampling this rich history and its local food, some of which have a distinct Bengali influence. On your visit to Agartala, do remember to treat your taste buds to traditional Tripuri cuisine - Mui Borok.

Best time to visit Agartala: 

The best time to visit Agartala is from October to February. However, to experience the rainfall and see the natural beauty of the state, visit between July to September.

Most commonly spoken languages in Agartala:

  • Bengali
  • English
  • Kokborok

How to reach Agartala

  • Flights to AgartalaMaharaja Bir Bikram Airport is the nearest airport that is 12 km (20-minute drive) away from the city. IndiGo operates 10 daily flights between Agartala, and Kolkata, Guwahati, Imphal and Chennaialong with seamless connectivity to many other cities in India.
  • By train: Agartala and Jogendranagar railway stations are the two main railway stations that connect Agartala with the country's major cities.
  • By bus: Agartala has a vast network of bus services connecting the city to major cities. You can find both state-run and private bus services offering good package deals for travellers.
  • Getting around/local transport in Agartala: Cycle rickshaw is the most common mode of transportation in the city. Additionally, auto rickshaws, locally known as 'tempo', and buses are other means of transport popular in the city.
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Places to visit in Agartala

  • Ujjayanta Palace: Built between 1899 and 1901 by the king, Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya, Ujjayanta Palace was named by Rabindranath Tagore, who spent a few years in the city. A museum today, its tiled floors, carved wooden ceilings, and landscaped gardens point to an aesthetic that is refined and well-preserved.
  • Neermahal Palace: An hour's drive from the city, the elegant Neermahal Palace, which means 'Water Palace', stands in the centre of the Rudrasagar Lake. One of the only two water palaces in India, Neermahal Palace blends Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. Annually, a three-day Neermahal Water Festival is celebrated in August wherein cultural programmes and events take place, including a boating race.
  • Tripura Government Museum: You can plan a visit to the Tripura Government Museum, home to over 1,400 displays ranging from sculptures, coins, ornaments, and paintings from all over the region. Housed in Ujjayanta Palace, the artefacts on display will leave you in awe. 
  • Tripurasundari Temple: The temple, also known as Mata Bari, was constructed by King Dhanya Manikya in 1501 A.D. to worship Lord Vishnu. However, he later had a dream and instead installed Mata Tripurasundari’s idol. According to Hindu mythology, goddess Sati's right foot fell at this location. Interestingly, the temple resembles the shape of a tortoise, and on the eastern side of the temple is the Kalyan Sagar lake where fishes and tortoises are found in abundance, undisturbed. (Tip: the temple is about 50 km from the city, so that it will take up most of your day.) 
  • Other places to visit: If you have some time in hand, you should consider visiting the Kamaleswari Temple and Jagannath Temple. Additionally, you can check out Kalyan Sagar Lake to get a perfect Instagram selfie, or the Rudra Sagar Lake, which surrounds the Neermahal Palace.

Places to eat in Agartala

Momos N More, Krishna Nagar
Momos N More, Krishna Nagar

The restaurant is known for its momos, noodles, and in a surprising contrast to its name, biryani. Although there are vegetarian items on the menu, there is a better selection of non-vegetarian dishes.

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Khunti Kadai, Battala
Khunti Kadai, Battala

Known for its Bengali cuisine, this eatery is walking distance from the Chowmuhani post office. The mochar ghonto, shorshe ilish, and kasha mangsho are a must-try.

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Hotel Sonar Tori, Ronaldsay Road
Hotel Sonar Tori, Ronaldsay Road

Its restaurant Neel Nod offers multiple cuisines to order from – perfect for when you are travelling with many people and everyone wants to order something different.

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Shopping in Agartala

Shopping malls in Agartala

  • City Centre
  • ML Plaza

Street shopping in Agartala

If you are looking to go for some street shopping in Agartala, there are a lot of options. A must-buy from the city are Handicrafts made of cane, palm leaves and bamboo, artworks, and hand-woven fabrics. 

  • Mohanpur and Akhaura Road: These are the markets to visit for all things related to handicrafts. You can buy bamboo and cane handicrafts from here, such as lampshades, décor items, and small baskets.
  • Battala market: Commercial hub, this market has everything from technology to clothes and handicrafts.
  • Jagat Bazaar: If you are looking to buy clothes, both western and traditional, and jewellery, then head to Jagat Bazaar.

Where to stay in Agartala

GinGer-Hotel-Agartala

Ginger Hotel If you are looking for a budget hotel that is located close to the airport, train stations, and bus stations, then Ginger Hotel is a good option. It is well-situated from major tourist sites and offers 98 rooms to choose from.

Welcome-Palace

Hotel Welcome Palace This three-star hotel is another option for those looking for a budget-stay. Its restaurant Kurry Klub is a multi-cuisine restaurant that serves Indian, Thai, and Chinese food for those looking for a great meal.

Geetanjali-Guest House

Geetanjali Tourism Guest House This government-run property is a good option as it is centrally located, and comfortable rooms, and affordable. The property offers 41 rooms.

More reasons to visit Agartala

Heritage Park

Located at the centre of the city, the Park houses miniature replicas of the state's popular tourist attractions. If you are looking to be surrounded by greenery, this is the place to visit as it is nestled in manicured gardens and set amidst undulating hills. Inaugurated in 2012, the entry gate of the Park depicts the mixed cultural heritage of Tripura and tourists can also explore the many medicinal plants and shrubs growing there. 

State Academy of Tribal Culture

If you want to get an insight into Tripura's ethnic background, then the State Academy of Tribal Culture is worth a visit. This well-maintained academy features tribal handicrafts, costumes, utensils, instruments, and other such objects belonging to 19 different tribal cultures from the state.

Unakoti

There are a few exciting getaways near Agartala that you can visit. Topping the list is Unakoti which is about 150 km away. Called the ‘Lost Hill of Faces’, the heritage site has stone and rock sculptures of Hindu deities carved on a hillside. Take a day trip, as there aren't too many options when it comes to places to stay around the area. The carvings showcase Lord Shiva's life and are monumental in scale.

Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary

On your way back from the Tripurasundari Temple, you can stop at the Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to clouded leopards, cheetahs, monkeys, and other animals. The sanctuary has around 150 species of birds and migratory birds can be spotted in winter months. It is a great place to spend an afternoon or morning, especially if you have children.

Nightlife/party places in Agartala

  • Netaji Play Center
  • Saharokh Khan
  • Barnali Club

Festivals in Agartala

Garia Puja

Garia Puja is one of the most popular festivals celebrated in Tripura for the welfare of the people and good agricultural harvest for the season. The week-long festival culminates in the final celebration on the seventh day of the month of April. The festival is indigenous to the tribal members of the state wherein dolls made of bamboo are worshipped, along with playing of instruments, singing and dancing to appease the deity. 

Ganga Puja

Goddess of the river Ganges is worshipped in the month of March-April for the well-being of people. A temple made of three pieces of bamboo is built in the river for everyone to offer their prayers. 

Kharchi Puja

Celebrated in the month of July, according to some legends the week-long festival is dedicated to mother earth, while others worship 14 Hindu deities. The Puja is said to have started by the royals of Tripura but is now celebrated with much fanfare by the locals. 

Poush Sankranti 

Poush Sankranti or Makar Sankranti, as it is called in other parts of the country, is celebrated in January wherein devotees worship deities, take a holy dip in the river Gomati, and undertake rituals for the departed souls of their ancestors. On this occasion, a two-day Tirthamukh mela is organised which is visited by people from across the country. 

Ker Puja

The Ker Puja is held two weeks after the Kharchi Puja wherein Ker or the deity Vastu Deva is worshipped for the safety and welfare of the people. There are strict guidelines and rules to be observed during this Puja and people are not allowed in certain areas pertaining to various beliefs. The Puja is performed by bending a bamboo in the shape of the Ker.

Durga Puja and Diwali Mela

Durga Puja is a four-day celebration of Goddess Durga that is held annually in September/October. On the last day, an idol of the Goddess is immersed in the water. Around 20 days after this, the festival of Diwali is celebrated in October/November across the nation. A mela is held in Agartala to mark the occasion.

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