agartala Travel Guide

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Agartala,The Capital City of Tripura 

Introduction 
Agartala is the capital city of the Indian state of Tripura. The city is situated on the banks of Howrah River and is also known to be one of the largest cities of North East India after Guwahati and Imphal. It is a storehouse of rich cultural diversity due its proximity with Indo-Bangladesh border which is just 5 Kms away. The main language spoken is Bengali, Kokborok is the language of local tribes. Bamboo crafts and handlooms are world famous and some are earning foreign currency. Agriculture is also the main Profession, horticultural crops like Pine Apple, Jack Fruit, Orange, Mango, Lime & lemon, litchi etc are Main. Rubber is another crop grown extensively in Tripura. Huge sources of Natural Gas are also there. Industrialization is on fast tract as Govt. is providing extra effort on Infrastructure development for Industry & tourism. Tourism is declared as an industry in the state. Apart from this, several famous temples, magnificent palaces, wild life sanctuaries and historical bungalows accentuate the beauty of this ancient land.

History 
Agartala was the capital of the former princely state of Tripura. The Maharaja Krishna Chandra Manikya Bahadur, of Manikya Dynasty, who shifted the capital of Swadhin Tripura to Agartala in the 19th century. The earlier capital was Rangamati in south Tripura. It was shifted to old Agartala which was called Haveli. However, frequent invasions by Kuki's and also to maintain communication with British Bengal, the Maharaja shifted his capital from Old Haveli to New Haveli (present Agartala) in 1849. During the British Raj, Agartala was the capital of the former Hill Tippera state. During the reign of Maharaja Bir Chandra Manikya (1862), Agartala Municipality was formed. In the 1940s the town was planned and re-constructed properly with new roads, markets and buildings.

Tourism 
The city of Agartala has a lot of other things to offer as well. The city presents a versatile profile, combining a picturesque silhouette of the city, with its historical monuments, mosques and temples and palaces along with the historicity, scenic grandeur and modern planning. There are a number of tourist attractions in Agartala that fails to tire the enthusiastic traveler, visiting this old extraordinary city. Some of the famous tourist places in Neermahal water palace, Ujjayanta palace, Kamala Sagar, Sepahijala Nature Reserve, Unakoti, Tripurasundri temple, Kunjaban Palace, Rose Valley Amusement Park and many more.

Places to visit 

Neermahal Water Palace
Neermahal Water Palace is a major tourist attraction in Agartala. It was built in the year of 1930 by King Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman. The palace stands in the middle of Rudrasagar Lake and assimilates Hindu and Islamic architectural styles.

Ujjayanta Palace
Ujjayanta Palace is another former royal palace currently serving as the meeting place of the Tripura Legislative Assembly. It spreads over an area of 28 hectares and constructed in Indo-Saracenic architectural style.

Jagannath Temple
Jagannath temple is a most famous Hindu temple in Agartala. It was constructed by the Manikyas during 19th century. It is situated inside the Ujjayanta Palace complex and is dedicated to Hindu Gods Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra.

Kamala Sagar
Kamala Sagar is a most beautiful lake which is located few kilometers away from Agartala. Legends reveal that this lake was excavated in the 15th century by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya.

Area 76 kmĀ²
Population 522613
Language Bengali, Kokborok and English, Hindi
Pin Code 799001

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