Best Sightseeing Places in Shantiniketan
Before planning your Shantiniketan vacation you should be familiar with where you
must visit during the trip.
Prayer Hall (Upasana Griha):
A huge prayer hall made of various coloured Belgium glass with marble steps on all the
four sides by the poet's father, Debendranath Tagore in 1863. During evening service,
a candle is lit around the prayer hall. Prayers are held on Wednesday. This prayer hall
is also called as 'Kanch Mandir' in local language (Kanch in Bengali means glass and
Mandir is temple).
The two storied building where Rabindranath Tagore used to live with his wife Mrinalini
This bhavana is a centre for Chinese studies. Natir Puja, a dance drama of Tagore is
painted on its wall under the supervision of Nandalal Bose, pioneering Indian artist.
It is a mud building known for its relief works done by stalwarts like Prabhas Sen and
Ram Kinkar. Generally the final year student of Visva Bharati stay here.
It is the oldest building of Santiniketan, which was built by Rabindranath Tagore's father
Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan:
The College of Fine Arts & Crafts which has a museum displaying sculptures, frescoes
& murals and a library of art books.
Close to Sriniketan, 3 KM from Shantiniketan this area was originally fast
eroding 'Khowai'. However, now it is a large wooded area with herds of deer and can
makes a natural bird sanctuary.
Other Important Attractions:
Uttarayan Complex, Bichitra, Sangeet Bhavan, Chhatimtala, Kankalitala, Visva-Bharati
Central Library, Shantiniketan Garden are some other tourist attractions that will make
your Shantiniketan travel a memorable experience for life.
Best Time for Holidaying in Shantiniketan
Shantiniketan enjoys a moderate climate throughout the year, which makes it a year
round destination like Kolkata. During summer, temperature remains around 34-38oC,
while in winter is 12-15oC. However, July and August see heavy rainfall. So, plan your
Shantiniketan trip anytime of the year.
Must Buy Things from Shantiniketan
In terms of shopping, you won't find much of interesting shopping places here is
Shantiniketan but there are plenty of attractive handicraft items available to buy.
Moreover, you can visit nearby villages and shop interesting and beautiful jewelry made
of terracotta beads and iron wires. Some of the other worth buy items and souvenirs are
handmade jewelry like anklets, earrings and necklaces in your choice of beads of any
shape, size or colour. You may also get some custom made right in front of you. So,
make your Shantiniketan tour worthwhile by doing some interesting shopping.
Explore Options to Reach Shantiniketan
Before booking your Shantiniketan holiday package, you must be aware of the ways
to reach this city. To know more, read on:
The nearest airport to Shantiniketan is the Kolkata Airport (213 KM away). It connects
to the city with various domestic flights to the rest of India. You can take buses or hire
private taxis to reach here.
Bolpur railway station (2 KM away) is the nearest railway station from Shantiniketan.
Shantiniketan is connected by good motorable roads to all places in West Bengal. It is
213 KM away from Kolkata, 66 KM from Burdwan, 56 KM from Durgapur and 120 KM