Aloof from India’s popular tourist vibes, Tripura, the sixth state among the seven sisters of North East India, is a culturally beautiful state which lives on the hope of being discovered by the world someday soon. It is one of the oldest princely states in the country. The state houses a handful of royal palaces, ancient and elegant temples, and several royal mausoleums. For now, the influx of foreign tourists is rare, however, the state has hope.
Agartala is the state capital and the only ‘city’ in this hidden north eastern state. With its semirural vibe and architecture, it often gives you a glimpse of India in the yesteryears. The city is a bit welcoming towards tourists. In fact, its lack of commercial tourism often makes you feel more like a guest in the city than a random tourist.
The city of Agartala has quite a few attractions that can lure tourists to the state including some of the royal mausoleums located on the riverbank behind the Battala market. The lack of attention and maintenance is leading to a somewhat slow decaying of these mausoleums. To reach the mausoleums, walk west down the HGB Road and then turn left at Ronaldsay Road followed by a right turn along the river bank. Try and keep a low profile while in the area as the Burning Ghats (cremation grounds) are located nearby.
Now, let’s explore some of the main attractions of Tripura:
To know more about the sights and attractions in the state, visit Tripura Tourism’s official website.
The nearest airport is the Agartala domestic airport which is located roughly 12 km to the northwest of the city. It is considered as the second busiest airport in the North east after Guwahati. The airport is well connected by direct and connecting domestic flights from the cities of New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Bangalore, Imphal, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Mumbai. A recent train service has been started which connects Agartala to the nearby cities of Silchar, Lumding, and Dharmanagar. However, the major railhead is Kumarghat, located roughly at a distance of 140 km from Agartala. Kumarghat is linked by railways to Guwahati, which is in turn connected to the rest of the country. One can approach Guwahati from most major railway stations in India. But, Kumarghat is prone to insurgencies so check the current situation before going there. From Kumarghat you can take a bus to Agartala which is a lot safer though it is possible to hire a 4WD with a chauffeur.