Santiniketan is situated at a distance of 179 km from Kolkata. Known for the Visva Bharati University and made famous by Rabindranath Tagore, Santiniketan is well connected to Kolkata by road and rail.
However, the best way to reach Santiniketan from Kolkata is by road, a journey of about 3? hours by car. The places covered between Kolkata and Santiniketan are Kolkata - 38 km -> Singur - 73 km -> Bardhaman - 6 km -> Godda - 60 km -> Bolpur - 2 km -> Santiniketan.
On the way, there are several ATMs, rest stops and eating joints. Well maintained restrooms are available in most places. Several fuelling stations of Hindustan Petroleum are also available at regular intervals on the way.
Transport options from Kolkata to Santiniketan
Kolkata to Santiniketan By Car: Hire a cab or rent a car to drive down to Santiniketan, which takes about 3? hours. This mode is suitable for group travel or for families with senior citizens and kids. Estimated cost of cab per kilometre ranges between INR 9 and 16 depending upon the car hired.
Taking the SH 15 after crossing the hustle and bustle of Kolkata is the best bet to reach Santiniketan from Kolkata. If you are travelling by your own car, you can reach Santiniketan in bare 4 hours 30 mins to 5 hours. The road though a bit narrow but is in an excellent condition.
There is nothing much on the way though the scenic beauty on both sides of the road would at times mesmerise you. Try to start early in the morning so as to get comparatively empty roads and reach Bolpur safe and early.
Santinikletan Express, being a super-fast train has limited stoppages. It started from Howrah dot on time and reached Bolpur a little in advance. The A/c coach was quite clean and comfortable. One thing which I will remember for long is that a singer, who boarded the train after Burdwan, sang some Rabindrasangeets beautifully.
This train, one of the prestigious ones, deserve a much better treatment from the Railways. This train is one of the busiest short-journey trains and almost goes full everyday, and earns good revenue for the Railways. Unfortunately the compartments, especially the AC. Chair cars and its toilets are neither clean nor well in shape.
In my opinion this train should be upgraded to Shatabdi and Duronto Express status.
The view was very good and vintage. When we where going we saw many villages that use the ancient way off living which we can never find in towns. The used patsalas and etc and I must say you should go by car and experience different nature of people (they are friendly and treat the guest very well).
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