Agartala

Agartala is the state capital of Tripura and also the second-largest city in NE India, with Guwahati being the largest. Agartala is situated at the Indo-Bangladesh border, which has led to a fusion in cultural traditions of the people of Agartala. Typical to places in Northeast India, Agartala too is set amidst vast expanses of tranquil beauty, making it a delightful city for visitors. Agartala offers an exciting destination for history and nature lovers as it has many ancient palaces, temples, lakes, and wildlife sanctuaries that are ideal for exploration. An important occasion for the locals is the celebration of the 7-day festival called Garia Puja, dedicated to the worship of Mother Earth.

Among the many tourist places in Agartala, Ujjayanta Palace is one of the stunning features of Agartala. Sitting astride great Mughal-inspired gardens, with pools of gurgling fountains, the Ujjayanta Palace was built by Maharaja Kishore Manikya Bahadur in 1901. Located in the heart of Agartala, its interiors are embellished with magnificent tiled floors, delightfully curved wooden ceiling, and beautifully crafted doors. Flood Lighting, a recently introduced feature, makes it an eye catching landmark at night.  

To explore different places in Agartala, the city has various means of transportation such as paddle rickshaw, auto rickshaw, bus, and taxis.

Just like other places in Northeast India, Agartala exudes a unique charm through its culture, places, food, and people that is best experienced when visited. 

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Ujjayanta Palace

The gleaming white Ujjayanta Palace located in the capital city of Agartala evokes the age of Tripura Maharajas. The name Ujjayanta Palace was given by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. It is a unique experience to witness living history and Royal splendour within the walls of Ujjayanta Palace.

This Palace was built by Maharaja Radha kishore Manikya in 1901 AD; this Indo-Saracenic building is set in large Mughal-style gardens on a lake front. The palace has three domes each 86 feet high. Other stunning features include its tiled floors, curved wooden ceiling, and crafted door decor. The palace is surround by temples. Floodlight in the evening enhances the attraction of this edifice. It housed the State Legislative Assembly up to 2011. Today, the Royal Palace in Agartala houses the State Museum with an impressive collection of Royal and cultural artifacts.

Gedu Mia Mosque

The Gedu Mia Mosque is situated in the heart of Sahibnagar district in Agartala, it is reputed for its architectural finesse. Its founder, Gedu Mia, started off as an elephant drive) and then became a motor garage worker and a driver. The Gedu Mia Mosque is exquisite with white marbled minarets and towers. There is a sprawling green space for religious congregations including weekly 'Jumma Namaz'.

Benuvan Vihar Buddhist Temple

It is one of the most attractive Buddhist destinations in Agartala located at Kunjaban area in northern part of Agartala town. The Buddhist shrine, 'Benuban Vihar,' though small in size, preserves some beautiful metal idols of Lord Buddha of Burmese origin. Buddha Jayanti or the day of Buddha’s advent is celebrated on Buddha Purnima day with great enthusiasm. Benuban Bihar bears testimony to the fact that from the remote past Tripura has been extending hospitality and patronage to the religion and culture of its neighbors. The quiet monastery is an abode of eternal peace and tranquility to all tourists and visitors from different places.

Chaturdash Devta Temple

Known as the Temple of 14 Goddess Temple, Chaturdash Debta Temple owned its name from the 14 deities called 'Chaturdash Debta'. Located about 6 km away from Agartala in Old Agartala, this temple built by The Maharaja of Tripura, Govinda Manikya, in the year 1667-1676 AD, features the Bengal dome patterned roofs like that of village huts of Bengal. The catchall shaped temple holds 14 images of Hindu Gods and Goddess including Siva, Durga, Han or Vishnu, Ma or Lakshmi, Vani or Saraswati, Kumar or Kartikeya, Ganapa or Ganesha, Brahma, Prithivi, Abdhi or Samudra, Ganga, Sikhi or Agni, Kamadeva, and Himadri. But the temple presents only the heads of the deities. Near the temple during the month of July every year 'Kharachi Festival' is organised where thousands of devotees from both tribal and non-tribal communities visit the festival site and enjoy the divinity of the place and the accompanying fair.

Akhaura Integrated Check Post

The first Integrated Checkpost along Agartala-Akhaura, India-Bangladesh border was jointly inaugurated on 17 November 2013 by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and his Bangladeshi counterpart Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir. The chief Mister of Tripura, Manik Sarkar, was also present on the occasion. The Agartala-Akhaura border is not only a big trading point between India and Bangladesh but also an important tourist spot. People travel especially to the border to witness the ceremony in which the flags of the two countries are lowered by security personnel with a mutually coordinated performance.

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