Agartala is the capital of the Indian state Tripura. Located in the exotic northeast of India, Agartala boasts of splendid natural beauty with a feel of history. Although reaching Agartala is not a big deal, it has continues to remained off the beaten track, which has actually helped in retaining its unspoilt charm.
Agartala Airport is one of the busy airports of the north east and connects Agartalato other cities of India. Kolkata, Imphal, Delhi, Silchar, Aizwal, Guwahati, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmadabad and Mumbai have connections for this city. Several major airlines like Air India, Jet Airways, and Indigo Airlines provid their air services to customers taking flights to Agartala.
To travel from the airport to the city: Taxis and auto-rickshaws are available outside the airport. The drivers flock around the arrival gate and are mostly reliable. Expect to pay around Rs. 150 (USD 3) for an auto-rickshaw and Rs. 300 (USD 6) for a taxi, but it is better to negotiate a price before boarding the vehicle. The drive to city takes approximately 20 minutes.
Former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda laid the foundation stone of 119 km Kumarghat-Agartala railway project in 1996 and Agartala has been connected to other cities in India since June 2008. Agartala is only the second capital city (after Guwahati, Assam) in the northeast to be connected to the country's railway network. A rail link between Agartala and Akhaura, Bangladesh was approved by the Government of India in September 2011. Buses and cab facilities are also available from the rail head for various other places. The nearest rail station from Agartala is Kumarghat (140kms). It is linked to Guwahati, which serves as almost the gateway to the northeastern India and is connected to many important cities in India. Several trains like: B.G. Express, Cachar Express and Barak Valley Express service this station.
Agartala is well connected by road to other parts of the Indian state of Tripura. Agartala is also connected to Assam (749 km) by the National Highway 44 whereas other important cities like Silchar (460 km), Guwahati (785 km), Shillong (686 km), Dharmanagar (173 km) and Aizawl (293 km) are connected with NH44 and NH44A. Bus service, Jeeps, Cabs and SUVs are the various modes of transport system within the city.
Auto Rickshaws plying in specified routes are also available. Tough designated stands are at Motorstand, Nagerjala, Abhoynagar, Old RMS etc. All you need to do to catch an "auto" (locally known as "Tempu") is to stand in the route and be watchful. Unlike many other Indian cities, in Agartala auto rickshaws have an authorised sitting capacity of 4 persons at the rear and passengers are comfortable squeezing in by little adjustment. Moreover, you may face problem if you do not carry much coins of Rs. 1,2 & 5 which are very much necessary for travelling in Agartala as well as Tripura. Recently, government city buses have started plying throughout the city and its sub-urban areas. The fare range is from Rs 5/- to Rs 10/- but the only problem is that the frequency is low. They currently ply in 7 routes covering the whole city.
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