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Ujjayanta Palace: The Imperial Attraction of Agartala, Tripura

Exploring North-East Indian states is always enticing. And when we talk about the Seven Sisters States, the count just can’t be completed without Tripura, the third smallest state amongst the Seven Sisters. If you have followed our earlier posts, we have covered different travel tales about Tripura. This post is about one of the most iconic and imperial sites Tripura. Let’s take you for a virtual ride:

Nestled in the midst of capital city, Agartala, Ujjayanta Palace is undeniably a captivating location to step by. Sprawled over 800 acres of area, this is a regal citadel, which was built date back to decade by the king of Tripura, Radha Kishore Manikya. Situated on the banks of a rivulet, the high-domed architectural brilliance of Ujjayanta Palace is worth visiting. Besides portraying its priceless art, one can also notice several shrines accommodated in the premises that are dedicated to Hindu deities.

Ujjayanta Palace Agartala Night view

Akin to its arresting interior, exterior of the Palace is evenly spectacular. A blend of startling Mughal garden and vigorous water fountains will leave your presence absolutely amazed at Ujjayanta Palace, Agartala. Not only this, an evening stroll around the sparkling monument looks no short of a spectacle.

Historic saga of the Palace

If you plunge into the history of the state, Tripura is one amongst the ancient and princely states of India with plenty of historic significances. The Palace was built way back in 1862 by the king Ishan Chandra Manikya. However, owing to the dreadful impact of natural tremor, the construction got massively shattered. Going further, the Palace was reshaped in 1899-1901 by the king Radha Kishore Manikya. Today, the Maharajah’s palace is eminent as the Ujjayanta Palace, one of the key attractions in Agartala.

The museum

Ujjayanta Palace, which used to be an imperial abode to the king of Tripura, is now transformed to a renowned museum. If historic implication draws your attention then the museum is a must visit when in Agartala.

Ujjayanta Palace Museum

The museum showcases an array of utility crafts, traditional practices of the inhabitants in northeast India, their architectural styles and art. Besides, the museum also preserves the age old customs of the kings, which takes you for a virtual ride to the ancient realm of Tripura. Nonetheless, the beautiful decor inside the museum makes you visit the Palace time and again.

The interior

Built in Indo-Saracenic architectural style, the interior of Ujjayanta Palace catches the attention of huge influx on regular basis. Designed by Alexander Martin, the Palace houses a reception hall Durbar hall and a library. While stepping inside the premises, you can observe three large domes, the largest of which is 86ft high. In addition, the front doors, ceiling and floors of the Palace are well embellished. If you enter the Chinese Room located inside the palace, you can notice an eye-catching ceiling, which was crafted by artisans particularly brought from China.

Key attractions:

Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala is a worth visiting especially, if you are visiting there for the first time. Some of the key attractions at Ujjayanta Palace that one shouldn’t miss when in Agartala list:

  • The refreshing Mughal gardens
  • Musical fountain in front of the doorway
  • Dazzling floodlights after dusk
  • Artificial ponds with decorated pools

Mughal gardens in Ujjayanta Palace Agartala

Getting there

For tourists outside Tripura, following mode of transports can be availed to visit the Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala:

By Air: Agartala airport (Singerbhil) is located at a distance of nearly 23Kms from the main city, which can easily be reached by hiring a taxi or auto-rickshaw. The airport is well-connected to various places like New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and other important destinations.

By Train: For railway commuters, Agartala has its own railhead located at Jogendranagar. With recent expansion of railway routes, the city has got good connectivity with Silchar, Guwahati, Delhi and Kolkata. From railway station, one can hire a car or auto-rickshaw to commute further.

agartala railway station

By Road: The capital city of Tripura has good road connectivity with its neighbouring destinations like Assam, Mizoram and Meghalaya. Not only this, the city is also connected to Bangladesh by bus. For inter-state commutation, several buses can be availed.

Accommodations

Being the capital city of Tripura, Agartala is frequented by plenty of tourists from all round the country.  So find a comfy accommodation in the city is not a fuss for tourists.

ginger hotel agartala

For a delightful stay in Agartala, listed few hotels/accommodations:

#Ginger Hotel Agartala

Khejur Bagan, Airport Road,

Barjala Mouja Agartala India 799009

#Hotel City Centre

Hariganga Basak Road, Madhyapara Lane, Agartala, Tripura,

Near Chalman Sangha. Agartala India 799001

#Hotel Radha International

54 Central Road, Agartala India 799001

#Hotel Palace Inn

Palace Compound West, Near Care and Cure Nursing Home,

Agartala, Tripura (West), Agartala India 799001

#Hotel Welcome Palace

Hari Ganga Basak Rd, Dhaleswar,

Agartala, Tripura 799001

Note: Depending on the type of hotel and amenities you avail, the charges will vary.

Tripura is a wonderful destination to travel around. So when you pay a visit, make sure to explore several other attractions of Tripura including Udaipur Mata Bari, Neermahal, Unakoti and Sipahijala Wildlife Sanctuary and much more.

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