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Sanjoy dutta

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Shantiniketan, Bolpur or Tagore land

Shantiniketan, Bolpur a little town of West Bengal commonly known as Tagore land.

Bolpur shantiniketan is the awesome place for the all types of community..

There everyone was very creative from heart and by birth they are little bit extraordinary.

Our world famous poet Sri Rabindranath Tagore presence is still there.

Must go for everyone..

This place was very nice..

All types of facilities are available there.

Do not worry about anything..

So many places for sightseeing like Shyor Bithi park, khoyai hat, Deer park, local market, kankalitala kali temple, & most important is Visva bharati campus.

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Pritvi Kanchi5.0/5

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A Trip to Shantiniketan

I had been to Shantiniketan by train in the month of May 2016. Bolpur is a must-visit in the tourism circuit of West Bengal. The journey time taken from the Howrah Railway station to Bolpur is approximately 2. 30 hours by an express train. The must-visit attractions around Bolpur include Shantiniketan, Vishwabharat university and Bakreshwar. Shantiniketan is a place specially dedicated to the life and time of Rabindranath Tagore. In Shantiniketan, the must-visit places include the Amar Kutir, Rabindra Bhavan, Sriniketan and Ballavpur wildlife sanctuary. Amar Kutir is located around 7 kilometers from the city centre and was established in 1923. Amar Kutir is a centre for rural development and has over 1300 handicraft products. The Rabindra Bhavan was set up in 1942 and promotes the work of Rabindranath Tagore. Sriniketan is a centre for rural reconstruction set up in 1922 and is located only 3 kilometers from Shantiniketan. The Ballavpur wildlife sanctuary was established in 1977 and has among its population deer, fox and many species of water birds.

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History of Shantiniketan

The university town of Shantiniketan is known for its association with Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The entire area was once owned by the Tagore family and known as Bhubandanga. An Ashram was first founded here by Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, the father of the noted poet. In 1901, Rabindranath Tagore started a school here named Brahmacharya Ashram that followed the Gurukul system of education. Today, this has grown in stature and is known as Visva Bharati University.

People and Culture of Shantiniketan

The locals lead an idyllic life which is reminiscent of the village scene that is sure to have prevailed during the lifetime of Rabindranath Tagore. Not surprisingly, the literacy rate in the region stands at over 86 percent. Many festivals such as ‘Pous Utsav’, ‘Basant Utsav’, ‘Rabindra Paksha’, and ‘Naba Barsha’ are celebrated here. The Bondangar Haat is held every Saturday where visitors on Shantiniketan getaways can relish the music of wandering Baul singers.

Things To Do in Shantiniketan

Without a doubt, the first and foremost of all Shantiniketan attractions is the Visva Bharati University. Offering education right from the nursery level to post graduation degrees, classes here are still held outdoors under the shade of huge mango trees. Not far away is the Kala Bhavan, a centre for study and research in the visual arts. Sculptures, paintings, and murals by students and noted artists are found here. The prayer hall or Upasana Griha is another of the places to see in Shantiniketan with its multi-hued Belgian glass windows.

Sriniketan is also one of the popular Shantiniketan tourist places. It focuses on rural empowerment and concentrates on education in matters related to agriculture, handicrafts, village welfare, and cottage industries. Tagore’s Ashram, Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary, and Sangeet Bhavana are some of the other Shantiniketan places to visit.

Food and Shopping in Shantiniketan

Being a university town, you are sure to see many cafes dot the landscape when sightseeing at Shantiniketan. Bengali cuisine is available at affordable prices as also a few North Indian options such as ‘Aloo Parathas’. Try the ‘Aloo Chap’ with a cup of hot tea when taking a break in between places to visit in Shantiniketan.

Amar Kutir is the place to be if handicrafts and souvenirs are what you are looking for to take home from your Shantiniketan tour. Started as a co-operative society by Rabindranath Tagore, it offers bamboo and Batik crafts, Kantha saris, and Dokra jewellery to name a few. There are also numerous other small shops selling pottery, jute handbags, and home décor products and browsing through these is one of the things to do in Shantiniketan.

Accommodation in Shantiniketan

When the question of how to reach Shantiniketan arises, the best available options are by road and by train. The closest railway station is at Bolpur which is about 2 km from Shantiniketan. The nearest airport is Kolkata which is around 212 km away. Buses and cabs offer good connectivity to various cities in the state for tourists wanting to undertake Shantiniketan sightseeing. The hotels in Shantiniketan are comfortable and reasonably priced. Resorts and home stays are also available in the vicinity for those on a trip to Shantiniketan.