Visit Agartala: 6 Famous Places To See In And Around Agartala (2021)
Agartala is the capital city of northeast Indian state Tripura. It is famous for its rich heritage and beautiful picturesque destinations. The city is located on the banks of the Haora River, which is near the Bangladesh border. Under the Flagship scheme of India’s government, Agartala is being developed under the Smart Cities mission.
Visit Agartala: 6 Famous Places To See In And Around Agartala
1. Ujjayanta Palace
Ujjayanta Palace is a beautiful and shining white palace situated on the river banks is a very popular tourist spot. It has now been built into a museum, and so is also known by the name Tripura State Museum. It was built in 1901 A.D by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya. A two-storied palace with an amazing architecture having three high domes and a beautifully carved wooden ceiling is an exciting sight. The floodlights at the palace are an added attraction of this palace. The palace also served as the Tripura Legislative Assembly meeting place until 2011 and is now one of the most famous tourist spots. The palace is surrounded by many temples and lush greens. The museum showcases the lifestyle, art, culture, and tradition and the customs of different communities.
Location: Agartala, Tripura
Timings: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Entry fee: INR 10
Time required: 1-2 hours
2. Jagannath Temple
Jagannath Temple is a very famous religious site located in Agartala. It was built in the 19th century. The temple is located in the Ujjayanta Palace grounds and is dedicated to Lord Jagannatha and also Balabhadra and Subhadra. The temple has beautiful architecture and is of high religious importance. The Ratha Yatra is an important annual festival of the temple, which is celebrated with great pomp and show and is attended by devotees in large numbers every year. A must visit place to experience tranquility and peace in its purest form.
Location: Palace Compound, Krishna Nagar, Agartala, Tripura 799001
Time required: 1 hour app.
Timings: 4:00 AM -2:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Entry fee: No fee
3. Ummaneshwar Temple
It is a saffron-colored temple which is located in the Ujjayanta Palace premises and is inspired by the Bengali culture in its architecture and rituals. It is not a huge temple, but the locals believe it to be a miraculous shrine. This is the reason it draws the attention of many pilgrims from all over the place. Along with Ummeshwar temple, another very popular temple of Lord Vishnu is located within Ujjayanta Palace. It is the Jagannath temple and is one of the significant pilgrimages for Hindus. Also, Balabhadra and Subhadra are worshipped in this temple, along with Lord Jagannath (a form of Vishnu). Tourists visiting Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala must visit this temple and seek blessings from Goddess Kali.
Location: Ujjayanta Palace, Agartala, Tripura 799001
Time required: 1 hour.
Entry fee: No fee
Timings: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Neermahal, which literally means Water Palace, is one of the most incredible attractions of this state. A very picturesque site that is like no other. This architectural beauty is always a visitor delight. Its construction was completed in 1938 A.D., which was initiated in 1930 A.D. It was built as the summer residence of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya. The country has only two water palaces, the other one being the Jal Mahal in Rajasthan. Neermahal is built in the middle of Rudrasagar Lake; this exquisite lake is an artistic wonder.
One of the most adventurous things about the palace is that it hosts some water sports activities, which makes it an ideal place for some fantastic views and thrill. The palace is also very famous for its Neermahal Water Festival, which is celebrated for three days.
Location: Rudrasagar Lake, Melaghar, Tripura (53 Km from Agartala)
Boat ride – INR 30 (shared boat)
Timings: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Time required: 1-2 hours.
Distance from Agartala to Neermahal – 53 KM
5. Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary
It is the biggest wildlife sanctuary in Tripura, located at around 25 Km from the city center and is situated in Bishalgarh in an area of approximately 18 Km. The place also includes an artificial lake and natural zoological and botanical gardens. It is a famous tourist attraction, which is popular for its clouded leopard enclosures. The Clouded Leopard National Park was established in the year 2007 inside the sanctuary.
The sanctuary also includes a wide range of a variety of birds, primates, and other animals. The place is sheltered to about 150 species of birds and the distinctive bespectacled monkey Phayre’s Langur.
The sanctuary was started in 1972 and has five sections: carnivores, primates, ungulates, reptiles, and aviary. Lakes are also an integral part of the sanctuary, and one such lake is Amrit Sagar, which also has a boating facility. Accommodation services are also available in the forest for a night adventure. The dark bungalow, known as Abasarika, near the botanical garden, zoo, and boating lake, are prime attractions for the tourists and offer an exciting and thrilling experience. The zoo inside the sanctuary is almost 3-4 Km and is a must-visit for all adventure lovers.
A separate fee is applicable for the camera and parking. The sanctuary is closed on Fridays.
Location: Uttar Charilam, Tripura 799102
Timings: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Entry fee: INR 10
Distance from Agartala to Sepahiajala Wildlife sanctuary: 27 KM
6. Tripura Sundari Temple
A Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Tripura Sundari is also popularly and locally known as Devi Tripureshwari. The temple is located in Udaipur, at a distance of almost 55 Km from Agartala. The temple is also called Matabari. This sacred shrine is set on a small hill and the shape of which is similar to that of a hump of a tortoise (Kurma). Due to this shape, it is called Kurmapṛṣṭhakṛti. The temple is believed to be the holiest site for a Shakti temple, and so the name of Kurma Pitha. The worship rituals are performed by the traditional Brahmin priests. The holy shrine is considered to be one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, and as legends say, the little finger of the left leg of Sati (Hindu Goddess) fell here. Ther are two similar but different sized black stone idols of the Goddess. The larger idol, which is around 5 feet in height, is of Goddess Tripura Sundari, and the smaller one is called Chhoto-Ma (meaning Little Mother), is around 2 feet tall and is of Goddess Chandi. It is believed that the smaller idol was always carried by Tripura’s kings to the battlefield.
The temple was built in 1501 A.D. by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya. It consists of a square-shaped chamber built in a typical Bengali hut structure, which has a conical dome. Apart from the amazing architecture and beauty of this temple, the famous Diwali Mela that occurs every year on the occasion of Diwali near the temple is a major attraction for all pilgrims and tourists in huge numbers.
Location: Matabari, Udaipur, Tripura 799013
Timings: Summers – 06:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Winters – 07:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Entry fee: No fee
Distance from Agartala to Tripura Sundari Temple: 55 KM