Place: Ujjayanta Palace
State: Agartala, Tripura
The Ujjayanta Palace is a former royal palace of the Tripura (princely state) situated in Agartala, the capital of the Indian state of Tripura, and also served as the meeting place of the Tripura Legislative Assembly until 2011 and now a museum. Ujjayanta Palace is a tourist attraction of Agartala, and tours are conducted by the Tripura Tourism Department. The Palace stands on the banks of a small lake surrounded by the lush greenery of Mughal gardens in Agartala, sprawling over 28 hectares of parkland, the exotic palace has several Hindu temples dedicated to Lakshmi Narayan, Uma-Maheshwari, Kali and Jagannath. It is the largest museum in Northeast India covering an area of over 800 acres of land in the capital city, Ujjayanta Palace was the command hub until the erstwhile princely Tripura`s accession to India in October 1949.the museum showcases the lifestyle, arts, culture, tradition and utility crafts, beside the customs and practices of various communities residing in northeast India. The name Ujjayanta Palace was given by Rabindranath Tagore. The Palace was purchased from the royal family by the Tripura government in 1972-73 for Rs. 2.5 million, housed the state legislative assembly till July 2011. It was constructed between 1899 and 1901 by then Tripura king, Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya.
Design of Ujjayanta Palace
Ujjayanta Palace compound covers an area of approximately one km². The main block covers 800 acres (3.2 km2), comprising public halls such as the Throne room, the Durbar hall, Library and the Reception hall.The Neoclassical palace was designed by Sir Alexander Martin of Messrs Martin & Co.The Chinese Room is particularly notable, the ceiling of which was crafted by artisans brought from China.The palace has a mixed type of architecture, the two-storied palace has three large domes, the largest of which is 86 ft (26 m) high from the ground,and which rests atop a four-storied central tower. The palace has tiled floors and carved front doors. Newer attractions are the musical fountain installed in front of the main entrance, and the night-time floodlights. The grounds are laid out as formal Mughal gardens adorned with fountains.There are two large artificial ponds on either side of the garden which is decorated with pools and fountains. The main block includes public halls Throne room, Durbar hall, Library and the Reception hall. A Chinese room was later in the palace.