One of the captivating seven sister states of the North East India, Tripura is a spectacle for nature buffs, pilgrims and tourists from all around the country. Enclosed with natural abundance, imperial constructions, regal ruins, green hills, dense woods and sanctified shrines, the state has all alluring constituents that can make one’s trip here more happening and remarkable.
When you converse about the royal palaces and archaeological eminence in the state, you can’t resist yourself from exploring the splendour of Neermahal, which literally means a water palace. If you couldn’t make it happen to be there yet, let’s take you for a virtual ride of Neermahal, the Lake Palace of Tripura:
A glimpse of the palace
Nestled in the midst of Rudra Sagar, the mesmerising red-white majestic citadel was built by King Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur way back in 1930. It took eight long years for Martin & Burn Co. to complete the construction of this eminent palace. A blend of Hindu-Muslim architectural styles of this palace pulls plenty of visitors from all the neighbouring states of Tripura. This striking water palace is located in a place called Melaghar, which is about 54Kms away from the capital city of Agartala. The prime concept behind establishing this princely palace in the middle of a lake was its soothing environs. This is how the construction of Neermahal was incorporated as a summer resort for the kings of Tripura that time.
The startling decor of Neermahal
The arresting construction of the water palace was erected using plentiful of sandstones and marbles that contains spectator areas, bridges and upper tiers. The entire construction of Neermahal is divided into two parts namely; Andar Mahal and an open area. Andar Mahal was specifically designed for the royal family. On the other hand, the open area in the eastern side of the palace comprises of an open theatre where all cultural events of the royal families used to take place. The palace houses 24 amazing rooms and two stairways that lead you towards the animated lake of Rudrasagar. Decades back, the royal family members and the kings used to reach the palace from Rajghat by boat.
Keeping aside the architectural amalgamations of Hindu-Mughal embellishment styles, a blend of flood lights and well-laid gardens are the two other arresting attributes of the palace. If you visit the lake area during winter, you can observe many migratory birds around the spectacular monument of Tripura. Besides, the lush emerald lawns and enticing flower beds leaves you completely amazed in palace. Every evening, visitors also flock here to witness the wonderful light and sound show.
For water sports junkies, the palace also arranges various sport activities like boating and swimming in the months of August and December, when the Neermahal Water Festival is celebrated here with great gusto. The festival lasts here for three days when plenty of tourists come here from various parts of the country.
Best time to visit
Neermahal is a place that one can plan to visit all round the calendar. However, to reveal the best out of it, make it in August and during winter, and the visiting hour is from 9AM to 5PM. One can easily spend 2-3 hours time here with their families and buddies.
Being one of the spectacular royal palaces in the North-East India, Neermahal is easily accessible destination from various parts of the country. To make it there, one can try any of the following modes of commutation:
By Air: The capital city of Tripura has its own airport connecting the city with various destinations like Guwahati, Kolkata and Delhi. From airport, one can hire a taxi or any private vehicle to reach the destination. The distance is nearly 56Kms and it will take 2 hours to reach Neermahal from Agartala airport.
By Train: Akin to its airport, Agartala has its own railway station as well that connects the city with its neighbouring states like Assam and West Bengal. From the railway station, one can get into a bus or hire a taxi to travel further.
By Road: The road connectivity from the main city of Agartala to Neermahal is very convenient. Private taxi and buses are easily reachable from the town that can drop you till the destination. By road it will take approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach Neermahal from Agartala and the distance is nearly 48Kms. Travellers outside Tripura can also reach there by bus from the places like Silchar, Shillong and Guwahati by Tripura State Transport Corporation buses.
Places to stay
Though the number of decent hotels is very limited within the close proximity of Neermahal, but one can still manage an overnight stay at the Sagar Mahal Tourist Lodge, Melaghar. If you are in quest of some luxury accommodations, you can avail most of it in Agartala. Based on the kind of amenities you avail, the charges will also vary accordingly.
Tripura is laid out with plenty of popular tourist destinations to offer. After exploring the appealing grandeur of Neermahal in Tripura, one can augment their travel plan by visiting few other amazing destinations like Jagannath Temple, Ujjayanta Palace, Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary and Tripura Sundari Temple.
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