Agartala lies on the bank of Haora River and shares its western border with Bangladesh. Unlike the other six capitals of north-eastern states, which are predominantly hilly, Agartala lies on the western end of the great Ganga-Brahmaputra plain of Bangladesh and shares much of its culture, language and cuisine as well with this neighboring nation. Agartala is famous for its temples, palaces, and rich history of the Manikya kings and its connection to Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Agartala is also noted for its bamboo handicrafts, and local hand-woven shawls and textiles. Its close proximity to other places of interest in Tripura 25km from Sipahijala, 55km from Udaipur, 50km from Neer Mahal, 178km from Unakoti makes Agartala a suitable base for exploring rest of the state.