Agartala’s centrepiece is this striking, dome-capped palace, fronted by two large reflecting ponds. Within the superstructure is the wonderfully preserved Tripura Government Museum, which is the only section of the main palace building open to visitors. It contains an imposing collection of regal and cultural memorabilia and artefacts, along with relics from Northeast India's centuries-old artistic heritage. The tree-lined lakeside promenades flanking the building are open to the public throughout the day.

The Manikya kings of Tripura ruled from the palace until their accession to the Indian union post-Independence. The whitewashed 1901 edifice was built by Tripura’s 12th maharaja, and a part of the palace still serves as the residence of the current royal family.