Neermahal, a palace at the centre of Rudrasagar Lake. yes, that’s where we went in this puja holidays and only means to reach there is off course by boat.
Create your own cool holiday destination you must be a king to afford that. To beat the Tripura summer King Bir Bikram Debbarma Manikya Bahadur designed a summer palace right in the middle of the lake.
To reach Rudrasagar lake it’s a 53 Km drive from Capital Agartala to a town called Melagarh in West Tripura District and from there you can ferry down to palace in Just 15 Minutes.
Rudra is the name of God Shiva and it is nothing unexpected that the lake named after state most worshiped God. It took nine long years to make this white mansion of 400 meters long amidst Lake covering a zone of 5.3 Sq.Km.
This summer resort was made by Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarma Manikya Bahadur in 1930 under the supervision of the British company, Martin and Burns. The palace is so designed that the boat heads straight inside the palace.
The architecture is largely influence by Hindu, Mugal and European design. Looking at the palace is clear that the king wanted a place of Luxury.
There are mainly two parts in this palace. Andarmahal on the western wing of the palace where the royal family lived and the eastern part was for Security personals and servants.
The royal family had 15 rooms in Andarmahal. The palace has several bed rooms a huge dining hall and a room to play chess, a treasury room, leisure room and a large meeting hall where king address his people and if they short of some entrainment they didn’t have to travel much, just walk down to the western wing which had a beautiful garden where performances were held.
Unlike some of our palaces, Neermahal is designed to light all the chambers and is very airy. The white stone used for construction could be one of the reason.
Another attraction in the Rudrasagar lake is the number of migratory birds which visits the lake. So, if you are interested in birding keep your binocular ready.
Every August Rudrasagar Lake transforms into a carnival of boat race. For every participant, it’s a joy and honour to be a part of the tradition and not so much the winning. It’s a sense of history and continuity of uprooted people.
How to Reach:
By Air : Agartala is connected by daily flights from Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi. One can easily reach the melagarh by road from Agartala. It is located at about 53 kilometres from Agartala
By Road: Good motor able roads connect Agartala with Neermahal and are 1 ½ hours’ drive.
Where to Stay:
Hotel: Rs. 1,200 per night.
From government-run guest houses, budget stays to luxury hotels, Agartala offers a wide range of accommodation options.
Food: Rs. 1,000 per day.
The food in Agartala is influenced by both Bengali and North-Eastern cuisines. Try local fare at Restaurant Kurry Klub, Garam Tawa and The Manikya Court.