Agartala

Perched on the banks of River Haora, Agartala which is the capital of Tripura State, entices sightseers with its past splendour. The name Agartala derives from the words ‘Agar’ and ‘tala’, a reference to the density of Agarwood trees in the region.

Agartala not only the capital of Tripura, also the second largest city in North-east India after Guwahati, both in municipal area and population. The city is the seat of the Government of Tripura. Agartala is one of the fastest developing cities of India.

Agartala lies on the bank of the Haora River and is located 2 km from the Bangladesh Border. Agartala is India’s third international internet gateway after the ones in Mumbai and Chennai.

Like in other Indian states, there is a mixed type of religion in Agartala. Hinduism is the dominant religion and there are many temples across the city. The Durga Puja season is generally the busiest time of the year and one can then experience the richness of Indian cultural extravaganza. The whole city is nestled with tents catering to a variety of themes.

Christianity is a widespread faith as well with Christmas being a very busy time of the year.

Agartala is also known for its tribal festivals like Kharchi, and Garia Puja. The local tribal language ‘Kokborok’ is widely spoken and is one of the primary means of communication.

Ujjayanta Palace – The name Ujjayanta Palace was given by the famous poet Rabindranath Tagore, which was Palace of the Tripura kings, was converted to state legislative assembly & now into a museum, situated in the area of Palace Compound is one of the eye-catching attraction in the state.

Jagannath temple — Hindu temple of Vaishnava school of thought. It has now been transformed into a museum named Ujjayanta Museum and it was inaugurated by Dr. Hamid Ansari, The Vice-President of India

Venuban Buddha Vihar – Distance of around 2 km inside the city of Agartala from the City center is located the Venuban Vihar where a Buddha shrine houses a metal idol of Lord Buddha. The idol was primitively created in Burma and was later transported to Venuban Vihar for instalment into this shrine. The function of Buddha Poornima is yearly celebrated with full color and fervour.

The Nobel laureate Indian (Bengali) poet Rabindranath Tagore or Rabindranath Thakur visited the city more than once and built a house that still exists.

Source: Wikipedia

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