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Dharmanagar Tourism And Travel Guide
31.5° C / 88.6° F
November to February
1 to 2 Days
Aizwal Airport (83 kms)
Dharmanagar Railway Station (2.5 kms)
Located in the North Tripura District, Dharmanagar is a town and Municipal Council. It is the second biggest urban body in the state after the capital city Agartala. Dharmanagar is strategically very important for the state and boasts of a large number of English and Bengali medium schools. It is a historic town with rich natural beauty. There are a number of tourist places in and around the town which can be visited by driving down. As a small town there are few things here that help tourism flourish. Here is a snippet of travel guide to see in the town.
How to Reach
For air connectivity Dharmanagar has to depend upon Aizwal Airport that is located in the state of Mizoram about 83 km away. The state Airport in Agartala is located further away about 160 km from the town. There is another airport that can be used to reach Dharmanagar and it is the Kumbirgram Airport in Silchar Assam which is 88 km away. These airports have limited connectivity with few neighbouring cities and states but connecting flights can be used to reach the town. From the airports tourists have to depend upon bus and rental cars to reach their desired location.
Dharmanagar Railway Station is an important railway junction in North Tripura District and also happens to be the oldest railway station in the state. A number of important passenger trains like Kanchanjungha Express, AGTL Humsafar and similar ones pass through the town helping to connect it with neighbouring districts and city. from the station tourists can take a cab or local transport to reach their destination.
Roads are the primary modes of transportation for most parts of the north eastern states in the absence of accessible airports or railway station. Dharmanagar too is well connected by roads with different parts of the state and neighbouring states like Assam and Mizoram. AC sleeper and non AC sleeper buses are available and they are operated by public and private carriers and run frequently.
For sightseeing and moving around the town tourists have to depend upon car rentals. They also help to transport tourists to airports at cheap rates. Auto rickshaws are also quite popular and widely used by tourists and locals alike.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Summer & Monsoon (March to September):
There are no distinct summer and monsoon seasons in Dharmanagar. While summer sets in the month of March, monsoon follows suit and hits the town as early as April. Summers are quite hot and made more oppressive by the high humidity in the air. This is caused by the showers that lash the town from time to time through the summer months. It makes the months quite uncomfortable and unbearable for the people and tourists are recommended to avoid Dharmanagar during the summer and monsoon season.
Winter (October to February):
Winter is the dry season in Dharmanagar and comes as a huge relief for the people after the extremely long, hot and humid summer and monsoon season. Temperature starts dipping gradually and can reach as low as 10°C. The chill is enjoyable and extremely refreshing. The cloudless blue sky is a joy and it is the best time for exploring the places in and around the town.
Things to Do
Tour of Unakoti:
Unakoti is a few kilometres drive from Dharmanagar and certainly the most important thing to while in the town. Unakoti is an ancient Shavite site and the entire landscape is strewn with bas reliefs and rock reliefs. There are large figures and sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. There is a huge Shiva head and Ganesh figure are the show stealers. The historical ruins of Unakoti date back to 7th and 9th centuries and are treasure trove. In April Ashokashtami Mela is celebrated here with much pomp and show.
Trip to Rowa Wildlife Sanctuary:
When in Dharmanagar, if you have time on your hands, you could make a quick trip to the Rowa Wildlife Sanctuary that is located a few kilometres from the town. It is a small sanctuary sprawled across an area of 0.86 square kilometre and home and to a large species of the birds, primates and reptiles. The sanctuary is a good opportunity for bird lovers and wildlife enthusiasts who want to take some good shots.
Trip to Agartala:
For those tourists who come to Dharmanagar via Assam or Mizoram must plan a trip to the capital city of Agartala. Tourists can take buses or use rental cars to reach Agartala which offers a number of tourist attractions including the Ujjayanta Palace, Government Museum, Jagannath Temple and many more. It is worth the visit and effort.
Strolling along Kali Dighi:
In Dharmanagar there is beautiful lake known by the name of Kali Dighi. The lake has some pretty fountains that lit up at night creating a stunning spectacle. Taking a stroll along the banks of the river in the evening is a great way to unwind, to refresh the mind while enjoying the cool breeze. Tourists can check into hotels that overlook the lake to enjoy the view from their rooms.
Eating in Dharmanagar
There are a number of good eateries in Dharmanagar town where tourists can get a taste of popular savouries. Traditional cuisine of Tripura is available here as also lip-smacking Bengali dishes. There is a decent choice of food for both vegetarians and non vegetarians. Chinese cuisine is also a hot favourite among the people here and widely available.