Agartala is the capital city of the northeastern state of Tripura in India. Agartala is located on the banks of Haora river and shares western side close to the Bangladesh border. Being the largest city in the state it has a population of just over half a million. The city of Agartala is adorned with lush greenery, masses of shrubs and beautiful lakes unlike other hilly regions of northeastern India. Agartala has remarkably retained its rich heritage despite being one of the contemporary cities in India. Agartala is the best tourist destination if you are looking to explore a city of rich history, old palaces, and temples of Tripura.
Agartala will definitely appeal to the nature lovers with its boundless stretch of lakes, nature parks, orchids and orange gardens. The city center is located near the Melarmath which is also the business hub of Agartala. Some of the best tourist spots in Agartala are build with beautiful tiled floor, curved ceiling and crafted doors, , Rose Valley Amusement Park, Rabindra Kanan, , , Jagannath Temple holds a great sacred value and unique architecture with its octagonal base, Fourteen Gods Temple, Nehru Park and Gedu Miar Masjid. Agartala is also well known for its bamboo handicrafts, magnificent arts and its traditional hand netted shawls and textiles.
Transportation has an extensive network of Agartala including buses, taxis, local rails, auto rickshaws and paddle rickshaws which make mingling around the city easier and cheaper. The most common in Agartala is the paddle rickshaws and their fare ranges from Rs 5 to Rs 30 while the taxi fare starts at Rs 25 and further may charge around Rs 10 for every kilometer. The fare for the government city buses operating in Agartala starts at Rs 5. You can even hire a private cab from the hiring agencies for long trips.
serves as the domestic airport located 12 kilometers towards the northwest of the city in Singerbhil. Private buses and auto rickshaws operate frequently between the airport and the city center. The airport serves cheap flights to major cities including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad. Domestic carriers like SpiceJet, IndiGo and Air India offer direct flights from Kolkata and Guwahati. A cheap flight ticket from Kolkata can cost around Rs2000-2200 whereas one way from Guwahati, it can be as cheap as Rs 1550.
Bengali is the main spoken language in Agartala while the native people speak Kokborok. English is also a very popular language in the state so travelers are easily able to communicate with the people around.
The taste and variety of Tripuri cuisine have always created an urge among the travelers. The food in Agartala is cheap and dominated by spices and meat. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant may cost around Rs 70 whereas a three-course meal for 2 people may cost around Rs 250. Some popular food in Agartala is Berma, Muya Awandru, Muya bai Wahan, and Gudok. The traditional rice beer called Chuak is also popular in the region.
There are plenty of hotels in Agartala such as Ginger Hotel, , , Triptisri Hotel, , Executive Inn Hotel, Rajarshi Badsha Hotel and which serve cheap and affordable accommodation. The price of the hotel room's start with Rs 600 minimum and goes up to Rs 3500 which depends on the hotel chosen and the services provided by the hotel.