Holiday Trip in Shantiniketan

Enjoy Vacations with Shantiniketan Holiday Packages

Located in the Birbhum district, (around 180 KM from Kolkata) in the state of West Bengal, Santiniketan is a renowned storehouse of exotic sculptures, murals, frescoes and paintings of Rabindranath, Ramkinkar, Nandlal Bose, Bindobehari Mukhopadhyaya and many other artists of international fame. This place is known for its literary background and was settled by Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel Laureate as an International University, where the traditions and culture of the east easily transcends with the science of the west. Shanti means 'peace' and Niketan means 'house', truly replicates its name with blooming beauty amidst the green land. Many of famous personalities including Indira Gandhi, Gayatri Devi, Satyajit Ray, Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen and Abdul Ghani Khan have visited Santiniketan that makes this heritage home a popular tourist attraction for both Indians and foreigners. If you want to explore the beauty of this scenic place, then explore the Shantiniketan holiday packages presented at and choose the most suitable packages for you!
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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 Devi.
China Bhavana:
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.
Black House:
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.
Shantiniketan Griha:
It is the oldest building of Santiniketan, which was built by Rabindranath Tagore's father Debendranath Tagore.
Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan:
The College of Fine Arts & Crafts which has a museum displaying sculptures, frescoes & murals and a library of art books.
Deer Park:
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:
By Air
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.
By Train
Bolpur railway station (2 KM away) is the nearest railway station from Shantiniketan.
By Road
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 from Asansol.
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