Agartala, the capital city of Tripura, is a beautiful place surrounded by picturesque hills on three sides and the plains of Bangladesh on the fourth. Dotted with lovely lakes, the city also has a specially developed artificial lake, and botanical and zoological gardens.
Agartala also possesses some beautiful temples and monuments. The Chaturdasa Devta temple houses fourteen images of the royal deities made of an alloy of eight metals Gold, Silver, Lead, Tin, Zinc, Copper, Iron and Antimony. The Buddha Vihar has a rare collection of Burmese metal idols of the Buddha and Bodhisatvas. The beautifully built temple of Lord Jagannath stands on an octagonal base and seems to have been influenced by the Himalayan style of architecture. The largest building in Tripura is the State Legislative Assembly which was once the palace of the former royal family of Tripura.
Agartala is connected by regular flights from Delhi, Calcutta and Guwahati. The nearest railhead is Kumarghat (140 km). Agartala is connected by road to the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka. The journey takes around 6 hours. To Guwahati (600 km), buses ply daily.
PLACES OF INTEREST
The Buddha Vihar with its idols of the Buddha and the Bodhisatvas, and also the venue of the Buddha Jayanti festival during April-May every year. Old Agartala and its Chaturdasa Devta Temple with a collection of 8-metal images of 14 deities. These images were brought from Udaipur, an ancient capital of Tripura. A magnificent edifice in Agartala is the Ujjayanta Palace, built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya in 1901. It now houses the State Legislative Assembly. Other places of interest are the Kunjaban, the Crafts Teachers' Training Institute, Maharaja Bir Bikram College, and the Government Museum and Art Gallery which contain rare stone images, old coins and archaeological findings.
About 45 km away at Udaipur is the famous temple of Tripura Sundari built more than 400 years ago by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya. Situated atop a hillock, the temple is one of the 51 pithas of the Hindu scriptures. Unakoti (200 km) dates back to ancient times with its massive rock-cut images including those of Shiva, Rama, Hanuman and Ganapati. The Neer Mahal or lake palace is encircled by a placid lake 55 km from Agartala. The lake provides excellent boating and fishing facilities. A treasure house of Buddhist sculptures, Pilak (100 km) is a good place to see Buddhist sculptures belonging to the 8th-10th century. A picturesque picnic and camping spot is Amarpur (78 km) on the banks of the Amarsagar. Jampui Hill (250 km) which offers a fascinating view, and Deotamura, the peak of the gods. Dumboor (110 km) is a peaceful resort at the source of the river Gomati. Sepahijala is another lovely picnic spot developed around an artificial lake. It has a botanical and a zoological park. Paddle boats are also available at the lake.
There are a few budget hotels.