Shantiniketan

Shantiniketan is most famous place in West Bengal, which attract to travelers towards its. It is tell the story of Tagore family. Now it becomes ashram which is the keep peace in itself.

Location

Shantiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal and at the distance about 212 kms north from Calcutta.

History

Shantiniketan was earlier called Bhubandanga and was owned by the Tagore family. In 1862, Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, the poet’s father, while on a boat journey to Raipur, came across a landscape with red soil and lush green paddy fields. He decided to plant more saplings and built a small house. He called his home Shantiniketan, the abode of peace.

In 1901, Rabindranath started a school at Shantiniketan named Brahmachary Ashram that was modelled on the lines of the ancient gurukul system.

Tourist Attractions

This town is famous for university town. There are number of university which is regulating for education and other activities including Uttar Shiksha Sadan, Vidya Bhavan, Sangeet Bhavan, Rabindra Bhavan etc.

There are five abodes of Tagore- Udayana, Konarka, Shamali, Punassha, and Udichi within in the Uttarayaba complex.

Vichittra Museum is famous for its art gallery by the name of Nandan.

Places around Shantiniketan

Close to Shantiniketan there are several tourist destinations such as Fullora (40 kms), Kankalitala (7 kms), Bakreshwar, Massanjore etc.

Fairs and Festivals

Rabindra Janmotsav is celebrated in mid-April to mark the Bengali New Year and as well Tagore’s anniversary.

Poush Utsav, a fair held at Shantiniketan and Visva Bharati from 7th to 9th Poush (December), is obserebed to mark its foundation day. Tribal sports, dances and folk songs, including songs by Bauls.

Vasanta Utsav is held to mark Holi. The students dance and sing their ways through Amrakunja, followed by open-air variety programs.

How to Reach

By Air- it does not own airport. The nearest airport is at Calcutta.

By Rail- the nearest railway station to Shantiniketan is Bolpur, which is connected to Calcutta.

By Road- Regular buses run regularly on the Calcutta-Shantiniketan route covering a distance of 211 km.

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