Agartala"Take A Trip to The Tribal Beauty"

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    Neermahal Water Palace - Neermahal, meaning Water Palace is a former royal palace situated in the vicinity of the capital of Tripura. Built in 1930 by King Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman, this palace assimilates Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. The palace stands in the middle of Rudrasagar Lake, which is a 6 sq. km water body. The only lake palace in eastern India, Neermahal was designed and constructed by Martin & Burn Co. sandstone and marble has been used for building this palace, which features a profusion of towers, balconies, pavilions and bridges.  Surrounding the palace building are lush green lawns and colourful flower beds.   Using flood lights, a light and sound show on the historical past and cultural heritage of Tripura is organised in the palace every evening. Other attractions of the palace include water sports facilities, and migratory birds spotted over the lake

     

    Ujjayanta Palace - Ujjayanta Palace, or Ujjoyonto Prashad in Bengali is former royal palace currently serving as the meeting place of the Tripura Legislative Assembly. Built by Maharaja Radhakishore Manikya during 1899–1901, this palace was named by the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. The palace was constructed 10 km away from Agartala; however, the earthquake of 1897 destroyed it. The palace was thus rebuilt in the heart of Agartala city. Constructed in Indo-Saracenic architectural style, these 28 hectares of parkland still holds two temples in its premises, namely Jagannath and Umamaheswar. The main block, comprising public halls such as the Throne room, the Durbar hall, Library and the Reception hall covers 800 acres. Sir Alexander Martin of Messrs Martin & Co., designer of this neoclassical palace, also added a Chinese Room to this beautiful palace. Interiors of the palace are also created with heed, characterising innovative flooring, wooden ceiling and crafted doors. In the premises of the palace, several Hindu temples were built in dedication to Lakshmi Narayan, Uma-Maheshwari, Kali and Jagannath. Post merger of Kingdom of Tripura with India in 1949, all royal properties were nationalised. Ujjayanta Palace remained unoccupied, unless it started playing its current role as the State Legislative Building. The palace is not usually open to public.

     

    Kamala Sagar - Kamala sagar, located few kilometres away from Agartala town is a beautiful vast lake at the border of Bangladesh. Legends reveal that this lake was excavated in the 15th century by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya. A famous temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, stands at the bank of Kamalasagar that was built in the 16th century. A deity of Goddess Durga dating back to 12th century is positioned inside the temple. Owing to the scenic beauty, this lake serves as one of the excellent picnic spots in the north-eastern state of Tripura.Sepahijala Nature Reserve, Agartala - Sepahijala Nature Reserve, situated 20 km to the south of Agartala town spreads across a sprawling area of 18.5 sq. km. A dense forest, this wildlife sanctuary is home to an abounding congregation of wildlife, particularly birds and primates. Furthermore, the sanctuary houses a botanical garden, a zoo, a deer park and lakes. Built in 1972, this sanctuary is divided into five sections namely carnivores section, primate section, ungulate section, reptile section and aviary section. About 150 species of birds can be spotted here, along with migratory birds. The primate section mainly comprises rhesus, macaque and many others. The sanctuary is ringed by natural lakes like Abasarika and Amrit Sagar where visitors are allowed to indulge in paddle boating. There is a wooden bungalow in the vicinity of this wildlife sanctuary that serves as a rest house, and is a major attraction among visitors.

     

    The Tripura Government (State Museum) - The Tripura Government State Museum, built in the year 1970, has a large collection of artifacts recovered from excavation sites around Tripura that portray the dying art and culture of Tripura.The museum has four galleries showcasing various categories like archaeology, painting, Indian sculpture and tribal culture. The varied collection includes coins, sculptures, terracotta, copper inscriptions, textiles, bronze images, stone inscriptions, oil paintings, sketches, jewelry and drawings belonging to different centuries. The reference library within the museum has a variety of books and manuscripts related to archaeology, architecture and history of Tripura. The museum has an exquisite collection of sculptures depicting both Hindu and Buddhist styles mostly dating back to 9th century and onwards. Some of the unique ornaments, musical instruments and garments used by ethnic tribes are displayed by life size models. The museum remains open on all days, except Sunday and public holidays, from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. The entrance fee for a person is INR 2.

     

    Kunjaban Palace - Kunjaban Palace, formerly known as Pushbanta Palace, is a recreation palace that was constructed by King Birendra Kishore Manikya in 1917. Located 1 km north of the Ujjayanta Palace, this enormous building on the hillock currently serves as the official residence of the Governor of Tripura. To the south of the palace is a large park, named Ravindra Kanan, which is open to the public throughout the year. The plan of the palace and its adjoining garden was drawn by the king himself. Reflecting his artistic taste, this palace is characterised with beautiful carvings and innovative construction. This palace basks on the hallowed memory of Rabindranath Tagore, who has composed many songs at this retreat. After the dissolution of the monarch state into a republican country, the palace was handed to the Government.

     

    Jagannath Temple - Jagannath Temple was built by the Manikyas, who chose Agartala above Udaipur as the capital. For decorating the capital, they adorned it with numerous monuments and beautiful sites.   Though inclined to Islamic architecture, the Jagannath Temple represents a confluence of Hemadpanthi and Arabic style on the exterior and Hindu flair on the insides. It is believed that the idol of Neelmadhav at Puri had been donated from this temple. Open to travellers in the present time, this temple replicated the rich architectural heritage of Agartala. Orange in colour, the temple has an octagonal base and the pillars are crowned by square and pyramidal cones. Moreover, the impression of ‘pradhkshin patha’ round the sanctum further adds to the beauty of this national heritage temple at the capital of Tripura.

     

    ISKCON, Math Chowmuhani - ISKCON Math Chowmuhani is located on the Agartala road at Banmalipur. The society is engaged in spreading Krishna consciousness among the public of Agartala. A lot of work has already been done to improve the life of the people of Tripura especially that of the poor Bengali Brahmins. ISKCON society always wants to build more and more temples for the benefit of the devotees and ISKCON Agartala is not an exception. Sri Sri Radha Govind Mandir a pet project of ISKCON is underway. Once fully done the Mandir will have a conference hall, Prasadam Restaurant, gift shop, library, offices and a guest house and residences for Pujaris. The open terrace on top will have a jewel like altar, crystal panels and doors, tulsi garden and 'kirtana' halls. Presently Pujas are done in the old Mandir.

     

    Maharaja Bir Bikram College - Maharaja Bir Bikram College, or MBB College, is named after the former king of Tripura, Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Bahadur. A degree college in the state of Tripura, this institution imparts general education in various streams including science, commerce and humanities. Operational since 1947, this college was originally started to meet the needs of students who had migrated to Tripura from East Pakistan. Spread across a land area of 254 acres, this college in the eastern part of Agartala was earlier named as 'Vidyapattan'. Though the construction of this college began as early as 1937, but it was abandoned after World War II broke out. The ground floor of the semi-constructed building was then used as an army hospital for the British Army. In late 1960s and early 1970s, it was upgraded into a postgraduate college.

     

    Mariyam Nagar Church - Mariyam Nagar Church, standing amidst the verdant natural surroundings is situated 7 km east of Agartala. Located in this sparsely populated pastoral scenario, this Catholic Church holds rich heritage as it had been once used by Portuguese settlers.

     

    Gedu Miar Maszid - Gedu Miar Maszid is the only mosque in Agartala, situated in the Shibnagar area. This imposing mosque holds importance as a place for the minority Muslims of Tripura. The site bears testimony to the devotion and piety of a remarkable individual.

     

    Umamaheswar Temple - Umamaheswar Temple is one of the many temples, which are housed inside the complex of Ujjayanta Palace. As a matter of fact, Tripura is greatly influenced by West Bengal; hence, the Gods and Goddesses in the two states resemble each other. Located opposite the Jagannath Temple on the green stretches of grass, this temple is painted in orange.

     

    Chittangong Hills - The Chittangong Hills is a place of its own with its picturesque and enchanting scenery and surroundings. The hills spawn a large area and consist of many small mountains, deep valleys and a mini canyon formed by the meanderings and movement of the seven rivers (Chengi, Feni, Matamuhuri, Karnafuli, Kassalong, Myani, and Sangu) across the ranges. The sight of the playful rivers, green valleys plus the surrounding hills makes it one memorable lifetime visit.

     

    Ravindra Kanan - Ravindra Kanan, nestled in the south of Raj Bhawan is a park featuring lush greenery and flowers. King Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya, who was fond of constructing palaces for himself, was later inclined towards literary and academic societies in the company of his friends. For his friend Rabindranath Tagore, he ordered the construction of a palatial house, which came to be called Ravindra Kanan. The house brought back memories of the past, when the king saw Gurudev Ravindranath Tagore lounging or strolling outside the house. He adorned the house with beautiful stretches of grass lawns, water fountains and gardens. A sit-out was created specifically for the great poet so that he can ruminate and come up with literary pearls. A peaceful nest in today's time, the park is frequented by children and young people.

     

    Domboor Lake - Dumboor Lake, situated amidst beautiful hills packed with lush vegetation, acquires a rich reservoir of varieties of natural and cultured aquatic life. Sprawling across the water area of 45 sq. km, this lake paves way to 48 islands within it. It is regularly visited by migratory birds of all kinds from far countries during the winter season. This lake is formed by the convergence of two rivers, namely Raima and Saima. With a hydel project in the vicinity, this lake attracts tourists from across the world with its beautiful gardens, water sports and entertainment facilities. On the 14th January each year, the lake is crowded by tourists and locals for the 'Pous Sankranti Mela'

     

    Chowda Devta Temple - Chowda Devta Temple, also known as the Temple of Fourteen Gods, is located 8 km east of the modern town of Agartala, near Old Agartala. As the name suggests, this temple is dedicated to 14 gods and goddesses, each of which is represented by his or her head only. The architecture of this temple is a confluence of Bengali Bankura style and Buddhist stupa type structure. This temple is also the site for Kharchi Puja, which has evolved from a tribal festival. The festival attracts worshippers from all over Tripura in July.

     

    Benuban Vihar - Benuban Vihar, situated at a distance of 2 km north from Agartala is a small Buddhist shrine in the Kunjaban area. This shrine preserves a metal idol of Bodhisatva and Lord Buddha, which was originally created in Burma. However, the idol was later transferred to Benuban Vihar for installation into this shrine. Buddha Jayanti, which falls on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, is celebrated with colour and fervour in this shrine. The celebration is followed by a fair, which attracts hordes of religious groups and tourists. This Buddhist temple is just a kilometre north on Airport Road and is easily accessible via auto rickshaw or bus.

     

    ISKCON Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir - Sri Sri Radha Govind Mandir, run by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), is situated at Banamalipur area in Agartala. The approximate cost of the temple is Rs.10 crore. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. The pillars and walls of the temple are decorated with pictures of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. The temple is situated in a three-storey building. Jewel-like Garbha Griha (altar) with crystal panel walls is situated in the terrace floor. The terrace floor also has temple hall, tulasi garden and kirtan hall besides the dome. Sri Sri Radha Govind Mandir offers scriptural classes on Bhagavata and Vedic scriptures daily. The main festival celebrated here is Janamashtami and the festival is celebrated with pomp and gaiety and hence it is the best time to visit the shrine.

     

    Gedumian Mosque - Gedumian Mosque is a place of worship situated at the capital city of Agartala. The mosque witnesses a continuous flow of devotees from far off places. The architecture of the mosque is very beautiful, especially the dome and the minarets. The floor of the mosque is done with traditional mosaic. One can experience the total serenity and calmness at the prayer hall inside the mosque. Shoes are not allowed in the prayer hall and ladies should cover their head before they enter the Mosque. Gedumian Mosque is a good place to visit for the religious minded. The mosque is open throughout the year. It is more than ever crowded during Islam's holy month of Ramadan and other festivals. The choice of accommodation near Gedumian Mosque to a great extent varies from luxurious hotels to affordable guesthouses.

     

    Ram Thakur's Ashram - Ram Thakur’s Ashram is dedicated to the saint and preacher Ram Thakur who was born in the Faridpur district of present day Bangladesh. Also known as Sri Sri Kaibalyanath and Sri Sri Satyanarayan he worked for the spiritual uplift of humankind. His followers came from all classes of society and all religions and he preached perseverance and penance to obtain realisation of the Self.

     

    Ramkrishna Mission - The Ramkrishna Mission has its campus in Dhaleshwar, near Agartala. Ramkrishna Mission is the twin organisation of Ramkrishna Math which was founded by Swami Vivekananda. It is a voluntary organisation which has its branches worldwide and provides services in the fields of education and culture, health care, disaster and relief management etc.

     

    Puratan Agartala - Puratan Agartala, or Old Agartala, is the second capital of Agartala. It is 7 km east of modern day Agartala and is mostly known for the Chaturdasha Devata Mandir. The temple is dedicated to fourteen gods and goddesses who are represented only by their heads. The architecture of this temple is a mix of the Bankura style and the Buddhist stupa style. The temple hosts the week long Kharchi Puja in July every year which draws a large number of people.

     

    Sukanta Academy - Sukanta Academy is a science museum situated in the heart of the city. There is a small planetarium within the premises which is of interest to visitors as well as scholars and scientists.

     

    Kalibari Temple - The Kalibari Temple is a 17th century temple which is situated 27 km from Agartala, on a hill overlooking the Kamalasagar Lake. This is the reason it is also called the Kamalasagar Kali Temple. Kamalasagar Lake is a huge lake near the border of Bangladesh. According to legend, the lake was excavated in the 15th century by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya. The deity in the temple which is made of sandstone is similar to that of Durga but is primarily worshipped in the form of Kali.

     

    Malancha Niwas - Malancha Niwas is the bungalow where Rabindranath Tagore, the famous Bengali poet, had stayed on a visit to Agartala in 1919. Located adjacent to the Kunjaban Palace, the house was originally a ‘kaccha’ house which was later rebuilt with concrete.  

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    Neermahal Water Palace - Neermahal, meaning Water Palace is a former royal palace situated in the vicinity of the capital of Tripura. Built in 1930 by King Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman, this palace assimilates Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. The palace stands in the middle of Rudrasagar Lake, which is a 6 sq. km water body. The only lake palace in eastern India, Neermahal was designed and constructed by Martin & Burn Co. sandstone and marble has been used for building this palace, which features a profusion of towers, balconies, pavilions and bridges.  Surrounding the palace building are lush green lawns and colourful flower beds.   Using flood lights, a light and sound show on the historical past and cultural heritage of Tripura is organised in the palace every evening. Other attractions of the palace include water sports facilities, and migratory birds spotted over the lake

     

    Ujjayanta Palace - Ujjayanta Palace, or Ujjoyonto Prashad in Bengali is former royal palace currently serving as the meeting place of the Tripura Legislative Assembly. Built by Maharaja Radhakishore Manikya during 1899–1901, this palace was named by the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. The palace was constructed 10 km away from Agartala; however, the earthquake of 1897 destroyed it. The palace was thus rebuilt in the heart of Agartala city. Constructed in Indo-Saracenic architectural style, these 28 hectares of parkland still holds two temples in its premises, namely Jagannath and Umamaheswar. The main block, comprising public halls such as the Throne room, the Durbar hall, Library and the Reception hall covers 800 acres. Sir Alexander Martin of Messrs Martin & Co., designer of this neoclassical palace, also added a Chinese Room to this beautiful palace. Interiors of the palace are also created with heed, characterising innovative flooring, wooden ceiling and crafted doors. In the premises of the palace, several Hindu temples were built in dedication to Lakshmi Narayan, Uma-Maheshwari, Kali and Jagannath. Post merger of Kingdom of Tripura with India in 1949, all royal properties were nationalised. Ujjayanta Palace remained unoccupied, unless it started playing its current role as the State Legislative Building. The palace is not usually open to public.

     

    Kamala Sagar - Kamala sagar, located few kilometres away from Agartala town is a beautiful vast lake at the border of Bangladesh. Legends reveal that this lake was excavated in the 15th century by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya. A famous temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, stands at the bank of Kamalasagar that was built in the 16th century. A deity of Goddess Durga dating back to 12th century is positioned inside the temple. Owing to the scenic beauty, this lake serves as one of the excellent picnic spots in the north-eastern state of Tripura.Sepahijala Nature Reserve, Agartala - Sepahijala Nature Reserve, situated 20 km to the south of Agartala town spreads across a sprawling area of 18.5 sq. km. A dense forest, this wildlife sanctuary is home to an abounding congregation of wildlife, particularly birds and primates. Furthermore, the sanctuary houses a botanical garden, a zoo, a deer park and lakes. Built in 1972, this sanctuary is divided into five sections namely carnivores section, primate section, ungulate section, reptile section and aviary section. About 150 species of birds can be spotted here, along with migratory birds. The primate section mainly comprises rhesus, macaque and many others. The sanctuary is ringed by natural lakes like Abasarika and Amrit Sagar where visitors are allowed to indulge in paddle boating. There is a wooden bungalow in the vicinity of this wildlife sanctuary that serves as a rest house, and is a major attraction among visitors.

     

    The Tripura Government (State Museum) - The Tripura Government State Museum, built in the year 1970, has a large collection of artifacts recovered from excavation sites around Tripura that portray the dying art and culture of Tripura.The museum has four galleries showcasing various categories like archaeology, painting, Indian sculpture and tribal culture. The varied collection includes coins, sculptures, terracotta, copper inscriptions, textiles, bronze images, stone inscriptions, oil paintings, sketches, jewelry and drawings belonging to different centuries. The reference library within the museum has a variety of books and manuscripts related to archaeology, architecture and history of Tripura. The museum has an exquisite collection of sculptures depicting both Hindu and Buddhist styles mostly dating back to 9th century and onwards. Some of the unique ornaments, musical instruments and garments used by ethnic tribes are displayed by life size models. The museum remains open on all days, except Sunday and public holidays, from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. The entrance fee for a person is INR 2.

     

    Kunjaban Palace - Kunjaban Palace, formerly known as Pushbanta Palace, is a recreation palace that was constructed by King Birendra Kishore Manikya in 1917. Located 1 km north of the Ujjayanta Palace, this enormous building on the hillock currently serves as the official residence of the Governor of Tripura. To the south of the palace is a large park, named Ravindra Kanan, which is open to the public throughout the year. The plan of the palace and its adjoining garden was drawn by the king himself. Reflecting his artistic taste, this palace is characterised with beautiful carvings and innovative construction. This palace basks on the hallowed memory of Rabindranath Tagore, who has composed many songs at this retreat. After the dissolution of the monarch state into a republican country, the palace was handed to the Government.

     

    Jagannath Temple - Jagannath Temple was built by the Manikyas, who chose Agartala above Udaipur as the capital. For decorating the capital, they adorned it with numerous monuments and beautiful sites.   Though inclined to Islamic architecture, the Jagannath Temple represents a confluence of Hemadpanthi and Arabic style on the exterior and Hindu flair on the insides. It is believed that the idol of Neelmadhav at Puri had been donated from this temple. Open to travellers in the present time, this temple replicated the rich architectural heritage of Agartala. Orange in colour, the temple has an octagonal base and the pillars are crowned by square and pyramidal cones. Moreover, the impression of ‘pradhkshin patha’ round the sanctum further adds to the beauty of this national heritage temple at the capital of Tripura.

     

    ISKCON, Math Chowmuhani - ISKCON Math Chowmuhani is located on the Agartala road at Banmalipur. The society is engaged in spreading Krishna consciousness among the public of Agartala. A lot of work has already been done to improve the life of the people of Tripura especially that of the poor Bengali Brahmins. ISKCON society always wants to build more and more temples for the benefit of the devotees and ISKCON Agartala is not an exception. Sri Sri Radha Govind Mandir a pet project of ISKCON is underway. Once fully done the Mandir will have a conference hall, Prasadam Restaurant, gift shop, library, offices and a guest house and residences for Pujaris. The open terrace on top will have a jewel like altar, crystal panels and doors, tulsi garden and 'kirtana' halls. Presently Pujas are done in the old Mandir.

     

    Maharaja Bir Bikram College - Maharaja Bir Bikram College, or MBB College, is named after the former king of Tripura, Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Bahadur. A degree college in the state of Tripura, this institution imparts general education in various streams including science, commerce and humanities. Operational since 1947, this college was originally started to meet the needs of students who had migrated to Tripura from East Pakistan. Spread across a land area of 254 acres, this college in the eastern part of Agartala was earlier named as 'Vidyapattan'. Though the construction of this college began as early as 1937, but it was abandoned after World War II broke out. The ground floor of the semi-constructed building was then used as an army hospital for the British Army. In late 1960s and early 1970s, it was upgraded into a postgraduate college.

     

    Mariyam Nagar Church - Mariyam Nagar Church, standing amidst the verdant natural surroundings is situated 7 km east of Agartala. Located in this sparsely populated pastoral scenario, this Catholic Church holds rich heritage as it had been once used by Portuguese settlers.

     

    Gedu Miar Maszid - Gedu Miar Maszid is the only mosque in Agartala, situated in the Shibnagar area. This imposing mosque holds importance as a place for the minority Muslims of Tripura. The site bears testimony to the devotion and piety of a remarkable individual.

     

    Umamaheswar Temple - Umamaheswar Temple is one of the many temples, which are housed inside the complex of Ujjayanta Palace. As a matter of fact, Tripura is greatly influenced by West Bengal; hence, the Gods and Goddesses in the two states resemble each other. Located opposite the Jagannath Temple on the green stretches of grass, this temple is painted in orange.

     

    Chittangong Hills - The Chittangong Hills is a place of its own with its picturesque and enchanting scenery and surroundings. The hills spawn a large area and consist of many small mountains, deep valleys and a mini canyon formed by the meanderings and movement of the seven rivers (Chengi, Feni, Matamuhuri, Karnafuli, Kassalong, Myani, and Sangu) across the ranges. The sight of the playful rivers, green valleys plus the surrounding hills makes it one memorable lifetime visit.

     

    Ravindra Kanan - Ravindra Kanan, nestled in the south of Raj Bhawan is a park featuring lush greenery and flowers. King Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya, who was fond of constructing palaces for himself, was later inclined towards literary and academic societies in the company of his friends. For his friend Rabindranath Tagore, he ordered the construction of a palatial house, which came to be called Ravindra Kanan. The house brought back memories of the past, when the king saw Gurudev Ravindranath Tagore lounging or strolling outside the house. He adorned the house with beautiful stretches of grass lawns, water fountains and gardens. A sit-out was created specifically for the great poet so that he can ruminate and come up with literary pearls. A peaceful nest in today's time, the park is frequented by children and young people.

     

    Domboor Lake - Dumboor Lake, situated amidst beautiful hills packed with lush vegetation, acquires a rich reservoir of varieties of natural and cultured aquatic life. Sprawling across the water area of 45 sq. km, this lake paves way to 48 islands within it. It is regularly visited by migratory birds of all kinds from far countries during the winter season. This lake is formed by the convergence of two rivers, namely Raima and Saima. With a hydel project in the vicinity, this lake attracts tourists from across the world with its beautiful gardens, water sports and entertainment facilities. On the 14th January each year, the lake is crowded by tourists and locals for the 'Pous Sankranti Mela'

     

    Chowda Devta Temple - Chowda Devta Temple, also known as the Temple of Fourteen Gods, is located 8 km east of the modern town of Agartala, near Old Agartala. As the name suggests, this temple is dedicated to 14 gods and goddesses, each of which is represented by his or her head only. The architecture of this temple is a confluence of Bengali Bankura style and Buddhist stupa type structure. This temple is also the site for Kharchi Puja, which has evolved from a tribal festival. The festival attracts worshippers from all over Tripura in July.

     

    Benuban Vihar - Benuban Vihar, situated at a distance of 2 km north from Agartala is a small Buddhist shrine in the Kunjaban area. This shrine preserves a metal idol of Bodhisatva and Lord Buddha, which was originally created in Burma. However, the idol was later transferred to Benuban Vihar for installation into this shrine. Buddha Jayanti, which falls on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, is celebrated with colour and fervour in this shrine. The celebration is followed by a fair, which attracts hordes of religious groups and tourists. This Buddhist temple is just a kilometre north on Airport Road and is easily accessible via auto rickshaw or bus.

     

    ISKCON Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir - Sri Sri Radha Govind Mandir, run by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), is situated at Banamalipur area in Agartala. The approximate cost of the temple is Rs.10 crore. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. The pillars and walls of the temple are decorated with pictures of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. The temple is situated in a three-storey building. Jewel-like Garbha Griha (altar) with crystal panel walls is situated in the terrace floor. The terrace floor also has temple hall, tulasi garden and kirtan hall besides the dome. Sri Sri Radha Govind Mandir offers scriptural classes on Bhagavata and Vedic scriptures daily. The main festival celebrated here is Janamashtami and the festival is celebrated with pomp and gaiety and hence it is the best time to visit the shrine.

     

    Gedumian Mosque - Gedumian Mosque is a place of worship situated at the capital city of Agartala. The mosque witnesses a continuous flow of devotees from far off places. The architecture of the mosque is very beautiful, especially the dome and the minarets. The floor of the mosque is done with traditional mosaic. One can experience the total serenity and calmness at the prayer hall inside the mosque. Shoes are not allowed in the prayer hall and ladies should cover their head before they enter the Mosque. Gedumian Mosque is a good place to visit for the religious minded. The mosque is open throughout the year. It is more than ever crowded during Islam's holy month of Ramadan and other festivals. The choice of accommodation near Gedumian Mosque to a great extent varies from luxurious hotels to affordable guesthouses.

     

    Ram Thakur's Ashram - Ram Thakur’s Ashram is dedicated to the saint and preacher Ram Thakur who was born in the Faridpur district of present day Bangladesh. Also known as Sri Sri Kaibalyanath and Sri Sri Satyanarayan he worked for the spiritual uplift of humankind. His followers came from all classes of society and all religions and he preached perseverance and penance to obtain realisation of the Self.

     

    Ramkrishna Mission - The Ramkrishna Mission has its campus in Dhaleshwar, near Agartala. Ramkrishna Mission is the twin organisation of Ramkrishna Math which was founded by Swami Vivekananda. It is a voluntary organisation which has its branches worldwide and provides services in the fields of education and culture, health care, disaster and relief management etc.

     

    Puratan Agartala - Puratan Agartala, or Old Agartala, is the second capital of Agartala. It is 7 km east of modern day Agartala and is mostly known for the Chaturdasha Devata Mandir. The temple is dedicated to fourteen gods and goddesses who are represented only by their heads. The architecture of this temple is a mix of the Bankura style and the Buddhist stupa style. The temple hosts the week long Kharchi Puja in July every year which draws a large number of people.

     

    Sukanta Academy - Sukanta Academy is a science museum situated in the heart of the city. There is a small planetarium within the premises which is of interest to visitors as well as scholars and scientists.

     

    Kalibari Temple - The Kalibari Temple is a 17th century temple which is situated 27 km from Agartala, on a hill overlooking the Kamalasagar Lake. This is the reason it is also called the Kamalasagar Kali Temple. Kamalasagar Lake is a huge lake near the border of Bangladesh. According to legend, the lake was excavated in the 15th century by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya. The deity in the temple which is made of sandstone is similar to that of Durga but is primarily worshipped in the form of Kali.

     

    Malancha Niwas - Malancha Niwas is the bungalow where Rabindranath Tagore, the famous Bengali poet, had stayed on a visit to Agartala in 1919. Located adjacent to the Kunjaban Palace, the house was originally a ‘kaccha’ house which was later rebuilt with concrete.  

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