Agartala, the princely capital city of Tripura, packs in a perfect punch of history, religion and culture. Thanks to an abundance of royal hotpots like the Ujjayanta Palace, Neermahal, State Museum and Kunjaban Palace, a trip to this northeastern city is perhaps the best way to get up close to the regal grandeur of the place. Like its neighboring northeastern states, everything about Agartala is singular and splendid. It's a complete package, with everything, right from its customs and cuisine to its nonpareil craftsmanship amplifying its attractions to great heights. Whether it is the famous Orange festival or mind-boggling souvenir stalls, Agartala vaunts of a spate of attractions that reveals oodles about the city. Adding to its charms are tourist hotpots like Laxmi Narayan Bari Temple, Jagannath Temple, Agartala Baptist Church, Pilak and Malancha Niwas, that are absolute must-visit attractions here. Trail this write-up to explore all the major tourist attractions in Agartala.
Tourist Attractions In Agartala
The Ujjayanta Palace, former home to the royal family members of the Manikya Dynasty, is an important tourist attraction in the city. Today, however, this majestic monument stands as the legislatively assembly of the state. The palace was built by Maharaja Radhakishore Manikya and named by India's favorite poet Rabindranath Tagore. Designed by Sir Alexander Martin, this sprawling palace spread across 800 acres of land, boasts of highlights like 'Throne Room', 'Durbar Hall', 'Reception Hall' and 'Chinese Hall'.
'Neermahal', meaning water palace, is located at the centre of the Rudrasagar Lake. This majestic white structure has influences of Indo-Islamic architecture style. The palace was built in 1930 by Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman, the 'father of modern architecture' in Tripura. The focal point of the fortress is its huge soaring towers, viaducts, moats and the glimmering reflection of the palace in the water that makes for a breathtaking view. Neermahal palace is posited 53 km away from Agartala.
The Kunjaban Palace, located near the Ujjayanta Palace, is another architectural jewel of Agartala. The palace is located at a hill-top that gives a panoramic view of the surrounding areas. This spellbinding edifice was built by Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya as his summer retreat in the year 1917. While the palace was initially named as 'Pushbanta Palace', it was later renamed as Kunjaban Palace. The southern part of the palace is known as Rabindra Kanan and serves as the official residence of the governor of Tripura. Kunjaban Palace was home to many eminent personalities in the earlier days and also to the famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore during his final visit to Agartala.
Tripura Government Museum
Located near Chowmohani Post Office, the state museum has a compilation of rare and fascinating artifacts. The state museum was opened by the Directors of the State's Higher Education in the year 1970. This store house of valuable relics comprises of four art galleries namely, archaeology, tribal, painting and ancient sculptures. On your trip to this museum, look out for gold and silver coins, clothes, jewelry, pottery, copper artifacts, metal sculptures, traditional oil canvass, rare manuscripts in Bengali and Sanskrit etc. which are the pride of state. The museum is opened on all days except on Sundays from 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM.
A visit to Agartala is incomplete without visiting its temples. The temples in the city are an important source of revenue for the tourism department. Even if you are not visiting the place for any religious purpose, it is worth stopping over here to catch a glimpse of its architectural grandeur and its ancient inscriptions. The shrine features a crown shaped stupa with unique floral motifs combined with intricate sculptures, which adds to the splendor of the temple. Bhubaneshwari temple is known for its beautiful sights that is said to be an inspiration for Rabindranath Tagore's famous plays like 'Bisharjan' and 'Rajarshi'.
Kamalasagar Kali Temple
Also known as the Kasba Kali Bari Temple, this sanctum sanctorum is situated just a few kilometers away from Agartala. The temple is seated on top of a hillock that gives a panoramic view of the Kamala Sagar Lake. The idol of the presiding deity of Goddess Kali is made of sandstone and looks similar to Dasabhujai Durga. As you stroll along the premises of this holy shrine, you will come across many beautiful works of art that represents the 17th century structural designs. The place is also a popular picnic spot among the local inhabitants.