Agartala Railway Station is located 5.5 km (2.96 nautical miles) from Agartala in Tripura, India. The 413 km route connects to Lumding with a meter gauge track, where finally it bifurcates into a broad gauge track. Agartala is the second capital city (after Guwahati, Assam) in the Northeast India to be connected to the country’s railway network, there are lot of modes of transportation are available to reach the city from the station. The lines connect from Lumding with a meter gauge track to Agartala and is almost in its way for a connection towards the extreme end point of the state to sabroom. There are total 14 stations in Tripura with Churaibari being the last one. Total length of track in this state is 153 km (appx) following of which the territory of Assam starts. Agartala is the first state capital in independent India to be connected with rail network.
Agartala is about 2220 km from Delhi. By train you have to go to Lumding first which takes about 35 hours and there from you can catch another train for Agartala, it takes about 13 hours. So, total journey from Delhi to Agartala is of about 48 hours.
The nearest railway station is Kumarghat (about 140 km) from Agartala. It is connected by rail to Guwahati. And Guwahati is well connected to main cities of India. Trains – Cachar Express, B.G. Express and Barak Valley Express run here.
One can reach Agartala from Lumding and Silchar (in Assam) by direct trains. If one wants to come to Agartala from Guwahati, he will have to come to Lumding first by BG train and from Lumding, an overnight express train is available for Agartala. The architecture of Agartala Railway Station gives an impression of Ujjayanta Palace. Autos and taxis are easily available from the station to visit and tour the city.
Somewhere in 1853 Agartala came into existence on the map of Railways in India. Railway services in Tripura started in 1964 connecting Dharmanagar to Kailasahar, while about 120 km long railway project was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India, Mr. H.D. Deve Gowda in 1996. For connecting Agartala, three tunnels were made through the valley Longtharai and hills-Baramura and Atharamura in Dhalai and West Tripura. This Longtharai tunnel is the longest (about 1962 metres) in the Eastern India. NFR spent about Rs 900 crores for laying down the railway track here through these three tunnels. A journey to Agartala land will give you a glimpse of that soil where kings ruled for about 2000 years. Manikya kings ruled maximum on this small historical land. It is a place, where the famous musician Mr. S.D. Burman came from.
The NFR is suspending train services from Lumding to Silchar, Bhairavi (Mizoram), Badarpur and Agartala routes for gauge conversion work. The mega block activity between Lumding and Silchar is in its first phase. In the second phase, the work will be between Badarpur and Agartala, scheduled from October 2015 for another six months.
While announcing suspension of train services from Lumding to Silchar and Agartala from Sunday(28th Sept 2014), the NFR has decided to run a special pair trains between Karimganj and Agartala from October 1. The NFR general manager (operation) issued a notification wherein he stated that a special pair of passenger trains will start from Agartala and Karimganj at 9.30 am everyday and reach their destinations at 5.30 pm the same day. Similarly, a train will leave Agartala at 9.40 am and will reach Karimganj at 5 pm.
Lumding and Agartala are connected by an express train that runs every day of the week. Meter gauge is likely to be converted into broad gauge soon.