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Cause Birth of santiniketan

Cause Birth of santiniketan  Video Review
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Chhatimtala

Padmanava Chatterjee
4th Jan 18

Peaceful Asrama of santiniketan at night

Peaceful Asrama of santiniketan at night  Video Review
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Tagore's Ashrama

Padmanava Chatterjee
2nd Jan 18

Science department of the university

Science department of the university  Video Review
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Siksha Bhavan

Padmanava Chatterjee
5th Jan 18

A world heritage site

A world heritage site  Video Review
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Chhatimtala

Sayantan Dutta
23rd Mar 17

Bhavan of Studies

Bhavan of Studies  Video Review
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Patha Bhavan

Sayantan Dutta
23rd Mar 17

Heritage site as Rabindranath took his class here

Heritage site as Rabindranath took his class here  Video Review
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Chhatimtala

Sayantan Dutta
23rd Mar 17

Presently the classroom for university students

Presently the classroom for university students  Video Review
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Vidya Bhavan

Sayantan Dutta
23rd Mar 17

Very calm and peaceful with serene green

Very calm and peaceful with serene green  Video Review
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Visva Bharati University

Sayantan Dutta
23rd Mar 17

A unique school with a lovely ambience

A unique school with a lovely ambience  Video Review
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Patha Bhavan

Sweta agarwal
17th Jan 18

Department of music

Department of music  Video Review
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Sangeet Bhavan

Padmanava Chatterjee
10th Jan 18

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Reasons to go to Santiniketan

1Poush Mela
Poush Mela

The Poush Mela was organised in 1894 as a small three-day fair in connection with the founding anniversary of the Brahma Mandir, which now attracts attention of not only people from India but tourists from all over the world. People from different parts of the country participate in the fair.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sarbajit Ghosh from Kolkata shares, “The ambiance of Santiniketan, particularly during the festivals like "Poush Mela" "Basanta Utsav", with thousands of visitors, becomes really enjoyable with happenings all around. Of course, for people like me, the serenity, the sanctity, the abundance of nature of Santiniketan during the non-festival times is more enjoyable.”

When: December 24 - 26
Where: Santiniketan, West Bengal.

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2Poush Mela
Poush Mela

Why: An annual festival featuring Bengali folk music, especially baul music, the Poush Mela also offers dancing, tribal sports, and thousands of stalls selling an array of merchandise including handicrafts.

HolidayIQ Traveller Soma Chatterji says, “No one really visits restaurants at Santiniketan during the Poush Mela till the end of the season when winter ends because roadside dhabas and street food takes away the clientele of hotels and restaurants where you can get everything from a traditional Bengal meal of fish curry and rice to Chinese to Mughlai fare including Thai's famous momos and thukpa.”

When: 11th - 14th January 2017

How to get there: The Poush Mela is held in Santiniketan

  • The nearest railway station - Bolpur just 2 km away

  • DumDum Airport - the nearest airport from Bolpur-Santiniketan

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3Basanta Utsav, Santiniketan
Basanta Utsav, Santiniketan

Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore started Basanta Utsav. Another world famous Holi celebration! Don't hide in your house in Kolkata this Holi. Get on the road and celebrate it in style! It's just 3 hours away. 

HolidayIQ traveller Abhijit Dasgupta from Kolkata stayed at Mark & Meadows Resort. He loved it: "The property is awesome. Room services and behavior of staff was excellent. Specially, kanchan the very young staff, always ready to help and provide services. Also, true with Saddam another staff. Food is excellent but slightly on the higher side. But the biggest advantage is the privacy and quietness of the property."

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4Of The Most Beautiful National Parks In India
Of The Most Beautiful National Parks In India

Santiniketan is a cultural town and not a wildlife destination, in West Bengal, near Bolpur, which is 180 km from Kolkata. Although you can spend some time with nature here on non-festive days. HolidayIQ Traveller Sarabjit Ghosh from Kolkata shares, “The ambiance of Santiniketan, particularly during the festivals like Poush Mela, Basanta Utsav, with thousands of visitors, becomes really enjoyable with happenings all around. Of course, for people like me, the serenity, the sanctity, the abundance of nature of Santiniketan during the non-festival times is more enjoyable.”

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Reviews (63)

Sanjoy dutta

Sanjoy dutta

6 reviews

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 Kanchi

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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Santiniketan Overview

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.



Photos of Santiniketan

Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan

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Ratul Mukherjee

Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan
Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan

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Ratul Mukherjee

Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan
Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan

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Soumyajit Kundu

Viswa Bharati Campus

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