4 Weekend Getaways to Explore in Agartala
Agartala is the capital of Tripura. The city of Agartala has seen lots of ups and down with time. It is a fascinating city that attracts a lot of tourists, and that is the reason for many hotels in Agartala. It was once a capital of the princely state of ‘Swadhin Tripura’. Agartala is situated on the banks of Haora River and is the capital of present-day Tripura. Famous temples, magnificent palaces, wildlife sanctuaries and historical bungalows attract tourists from around the country. Agartala has a lot of diversity in place and has a history of well-planned buildings and settlements. Let us jump right on to the weekend getaways one can plan to explore the diverse culture of the region.
1. Aizawl, Mizoram:
Aizawl is the capital city of the state of Mizoram in India. It is around 350 km away from Agartala, and there are many hotels in Agartala. A drive till Aizawl takes about six hours. It is famous for tourists for its cleanliness, fresh air, and natural beauty. It is a hill station and one of the best honeymoon destinations in India. At the Falkawn Village in Aizawl, one can witness the hidden side of Mizo People. Aizawl has a diversified culture, and it carries influences from various religions like Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.
While at Aizawl, one can visit Mizoram State Museum, Solomon Temple, Dampa Tiger Reserve and do shopping. Reiek is a mountain tourist spot 29 km from Aizawl. It offers stunning views of the surrounding valleys and hills. In fact, on a bright day, one can see the plains of Bangladesh from the top of the mountain. If you want to discover a new side of yourself, you must not miss a visit to this beautiful town. The right time to visit Aizawl is from March in summer.
2. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya:
Cherrapunjee is one of the world’s wettest places since the city receives rain throughout the year. It is a town in Meghalaya. It is around 500 km from your hotel in Agartala. One can take a flight from Agartala to Guwahati followed by a taxi to Cherrapunjee, even though a direct vehicle from Agartala is advised. It is located at a mighty 3500 feet height above the sea level. One can witness beautiful clouds and magnificent waterfalls in this magical destination. Cherrapunjee is rightly referred to as “The Scotland of the East”. One can visit Nohkalikai Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Dainthlen Falls, and Thangkharang Park. Cherrapunjee is the place for romantic walks. Cherrapunji can be visited any time of the year. Rainfall in the town is majorly at night.
3. Jampui Hills, Northern Tripura:
Jampui Hills is the highest hill station in the state of Tripura. Direct buses are available from Agartala for North Tripura. Even local passenger trains are available. There are a lot of hotels present in Agartala. Jampui Hills is placed at an average altitude of 3000 feet above sea level. Jampui Hill Ranges provide a beautiful scenic view of the states of Tripura and Mizoram. Orange Festival of Tripura is the annual festival in North Tripura held in November. The festival shows Tripura in a whole different light. While in Northern Tripura, one can go trekking, discover orange orchards, sunset points, and sunrise viewpoints. The best time to visit Jampui Hills is November onwards, though the weather is pleasant throughout the year.
4. Ambassa, Tripura:
Ambassa in Tripura is highly rich in culture and history. There are five trains available to reach Ambassa. Also, Ambassa is 85 km from Agartala, and it takes three hours to reach by a private vehicle from your hotel in Agartala. For those who want to explore the culture of ancient Indian tribes at a place with a green cover and warm locals, Ambassa is the place. At the site, one can visit Ujjayanta Palace, Rose Valley Park, Jagannath Temple, Chabimura, and Dumboor Lake. The best time to visit Ambassa is between November and February.
So next time on your visit to Agartala, don’t forget to get away a little farther to explore the nature and culture of these beautiful places.