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 Shantiniketan (West Bengal)

Introduction: An International University founded by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore where the cultures of the East & the West could meet and mingle. Named Vishva-Bharati, the University represents Indian traditions while incorporating the best of other cultures.

History: Shantiniketan, the abode of peace, was initially an Ashram or hermitage founded in 1863 by Maharishi Devendranath Tagore. In 1901 his son, Rabindranath converted it into an experimental open-air school with just five students. It proved a success. He widened the scope of studies which gradually formed the nucleus of a University. 

Description: Theinteresting feature about Santiniketan is that splendid sculptures, frescoes, murals and paintings of Rabindranath, Nandlal Bose, Ramkinkar, Bindobehari Mukhopadhyaya and others adorn the campus.

Shantiniketan Quick facts

  • Shantiniketan Geography and Climate

    The weather in Santiniketan is usually a pleasant one although you will come across the normal weather changes during summer, winter and Monsoon. Nonetheless Spring has its own charm in Santiniketan not only because of its natural beauty blooming to its fullest amidst the lush greenery but also due to the famous Vasanta Utsav held to mark the festival of Holi with the onset of Spring

  • Best time to visit Shantiniketan

    Shantiniketan can be visited at any time of the year. The climate is moderately warm, like Kolkata, with summer temperatures at around 34-38ºC and winter at 12-15ºC. July and August see heavy rainfall.

  • Shantiniketan Distance(s)

    • Fullora (40 kms)
    • Nalhati (104 kms)
    • Kankalitala (7 kms)
    • Bakreshwar (58 kms)
    • Massanjore (78 kms)
    • Kendubilwa (42 kms)
    • Nanoor (23 kms) 
    • Tarapith (80 kms)

    Distance from Shantiniketan to
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  • How to reach Shantiniketan by Road

    Good motorable roads connect Shantiniketan with Calcutta 213 kms (Bolpur 2-Panagarh 44-Burdwan 48-Calcutta 119), Durgapur 56 kms, Sarnath 197 kms

  • How to reach Shantiniketan by Rail

    The nearest railhead is Bolpur, 2 km away. Trains connecting Bolpur with Howrah/Sealdah (Calcutta) are 3015/3016 Howrah-Bolpur Shantiniketan Exp, 3133/3134 Sealdah-Mughalsarai Exp, 3071/3072 Howrah-Jamalpur Exp, 2557/ 2558 Kanchenjunga Exp., 335/336 Vishwabharati Fast Pgr., Shantiniketan Exp., Danapur Fast Pgr. and Tarapith Passenger.

  • How to reach Shantiniketan by Air

    The nearest airport is Calcutta 213 km.

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    Shantiniketan Festivals and culture

  • Shantiniketan Festivals

    Rabindra Janmotsab: Though the birthdate of Rabindranath falls on May 8/9, the anniversary as well as the Bengali New Year is celebrated on the first day of the Bengali New Year (mid April).

    Briksharopan: Planting of saplings and Halakarshan, ploughing of fields on 22nd &23 Sravana (August).

    Varshamangal: The festival of rains during August/ September. Poush Utsav: (December 22/23-25). A fair is held at Shantiniketan from 7th to 9th Poush and Visva Bharati observes its foundation day. Tribal sports dances and folk songs including songs by Bauls, the-wandering minstrels of Bengal, are a part of the fair and festivities.

    :Celebrated on the 11th of magha (January), to mark the anniversary of Brahmo Samaj.

    asanta Utsav Held to mark Holi: The students dance and sing their ways through Amrakunja, followed by open-air variety programs.

  • Shantiniketan Culture

    Shantiniketan is one of the cities of West Bengal almost the tradition and the culture every thing is same as the bengali culture.

  • Shantiniketan Religious Places

    Kankalitala (9km): On the bank of the river Kopai is Knankalitala, one of the sacred Satipithas. A temple there.

  • Shantiniketan Monuments

    Chhatimtala : Here Maharshi Devendranath, the father of Rabindranath Tagore, used to meditate. Prayers are held usually at Convocation time. Successful graduates of the Vishwa Bharati University are presented a branch of five leaves each from the Saptaparni trees which abound in the area.

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    Shantiniketan Entertainment and Night Life

  • Shantiniketan Adventure

  • Kidding around Shantiniketan

    Sangeet Bhavan : College of Dance and Music. The University is replete with works on Art, Music and the Humanities.

    Kankalitala: On the bank of the river Kopai is Knankalitala, one of the sacred Satipithas. A temple there.

    Joydev-Kenduli: Birth place of poet Joydev, author of the Geeta Govinda, a 12th century masterpiece in Sanskrit. A fair is held here on Makar Sankranti (mid-January). Baul songs are the principal attraction of this mela.

    Nonoo: Birth place of kabi, Chandidas, famous for his Vaishnava Padavalis. There is a temple dedicated to Devi Basuli.

  • Shantiniketan Shopping

    Grameen (Bolpur), Sarvodaya Ashram (Bolpur), (Handicrafts & handlooms) Vishwa Bharati Shilpa Sadan (Shantiniketan), Shantiniketan Cooperative Stores (Shantiniketan).

  • Famous To Eat at Shantiniketan

    The food here is Bengali,  one must try the fish curry, brinjal curry because the bengalis here are famous for their fish curry.

  • Shantiniketan Museum and Hill Stations

    Prayer Hall : Founded by the poet's father in 1863, the hall is made of glass. Prayers are held on Wednesday. Kala Bhavan : The College of Fine Arts & Crafts has a museum exhibiting sculptures, frescoes & murals and a library of art books.
    Uttarayan Complex : The poet lived and worked in the Northern Complex consisting of several buildings as : Udayana, Konarka, Shyamali, Punascha and Udichi. The Bichitra ( or, Rabindra Bhavan ) designed by the poet's son Rathindranath Tagore.

    Bichitra : Also called Rabindra Bhavan, a Research Centre and Museum where the poet's personal belongings, paintings & various editions of his works are exhibited.

  • Gardens and Parks at Shantiniketan

    Deer Park : Near Sriniketan, 3 kms from Shantiniketan. Originally, the area was a fast eroding `Khowai'. It is now a large wooded area with herds of deer and makes a natural bird sanctuary.

    Uttarayan Gardens: University Campus.

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