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Shantiniketan

Shantiniketan was a dream of Maharshi Devendranath Tagore that was later on nurtured and practically constructed by his worthy son Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, the world-famous poet, author, dramatist and artist of 20th century Bengal. The very word “Shantiniketan” means the “the abode of peace”. Indeed the place is. Located in the north- central region of West Bengal under Birbhum district, Bolpur-Shantiniketan is the perfect place to find the self because of the serenity and absolute peace. The tranquil nature and the mesmerizing ambience of the red soil region can be the ultimate destination for those who are looking forward to escape from the city hustles and bustles. Bolpur forms itself with Shantiniketan, Sriniketan and Prantik. The famous Vishva-Bharati University, the open air schools of Shantiniketan created by Tagore and the famous handicraft industries are the most interesting things to explore here

Attractions

Uttarayan

Uttarayan Complex is the place where Rabindranath Tagore used to live and is hence a very popular location. The entire complex is divided into many buildings in varying architectural styles.
Tagore’s five houses inside the Uttarayan Complex are Udichi, Udayana, Konarka, Shamali and Punascha. In 1863, Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, Tagore’s father, constructed a Prayer Hall in this complex, where Bramho prayers were conducted.
The museum and gallery of this complex exhibits a watch and a bangle belonging to Rabindranath Tagore. Many frescoes are displayed in this complex’s gallery. This complex is closed on Wednesday, as it happens to be the prayer day.

Uttarayan

Upasana Griha

One of the most beautiful halls in the Shantiniketan is the Upasana Griha or the Prayer hall. Originally built by father of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Shri Debendranath Tagore in 1863, this prayer hall is also known as the Kanch Mahal. Kanch mahal means palace of mirrors in the local language. The hall is made of several coloured Belgium glass with marble steps on all the four sides.The poush seventh of Bengali calendar, generally 23rd Dec in English calendar, is observed here as the memorial date of the event of Tagore's father Maharsi Debendranath's transformation to Bramho religion from Hinduism. This very date is the commencing date of Poush Mela for every year.

Upasana Griha

Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary

This Wildlife Sanctuary is home to three large water bodies (Jheel) which hosts migratory as well as resident birds in plenty. The sanctuary was established in September 1967 and has one of the most successful deer conservation records in the state. It is home to numerous Cheethals (Spotted Deer), Blackbucks and other resident animals like jackals and foxes. The whole sanctuary is a protected area with watch towers and jungle paths for tourists to walk around and catch glimpses of deer and other wildlife.

Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary

Amar Kutir

Amar Kutir is a cooperative unit that produces leather goods, kantha stitched saris, bamboo crafts and batik at a reasonable price. Its leather-craft unit employs mostly women. It has one batik, a needlecraft unit and shola and lac crafts units. Under a Central government scheme, a craft development centre was opened in 1992 at Amar Kutir. In 1993, the Central government set up a hand-block printing training centre at Amar Kutir Complex. Kantha-stitch sarees made here cater to the demands in both national and international markets.

Amar Kutir

Khoai Boner Haat

A visit to the Shanibarer Haat (Saturday Weekely Market) is one of the prime attractions of staying at Khoai. The weekly market officially known as “Khoai Boner Annya Haat” is a platform for local artisans and small goods traders to showcase their works. The usual items include ethnic jewelry, showpieces, local artworks, garments and even local ethnic Bengalee dishes like pithey and payesh. The Haat starts to gather from around 03:00 pm and ends at around 06:00 pm.

Khoai Boner Haat

Kankalitala Temple

Kankalitala is a temple town in Bolpur subdivision of Birbhum district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is one of the Shakti Peethas where the waist (or kankal in Bengali) of Parvati fell which is at present the Kankalitala town. Goddess Parvati is the residing deity of the Kankalitala Temple.
This is one of the Shakti Peethas where the waist (or kankal in Bengali) of Parvati fell which is at present the Kankalitala town. Goddess Parvati is the residing deity of the Kankalitala Temple.
Sati’s waist landed at Kankalitala. It created a depression in the earth which later filled up with water and formed the sacred kund. It is repeatedly told that the actual body part now lies underneath this water.

Kankalitala Temple

Events

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March End

Basanta Utsav

Basanta Utsav literally means the ‘celebration of spring’. Falgun and Chaitra according to the Bengali calendar is the season of Dol Utsav. During this season nature shows its own beauty with colorful flowers of Palash, Shimul etc. The beautiful tradition of celebrating spring festival in Bengal was first started by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. Actually, Basant Utsav is no different from Holi, except for the gracefulness with which it is celebrated.

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December 23 - 26

Poush Mela

Poush Mela is an annual fair and festival that takes place in Santiniketan, in Birbhum District in the Indian state of West Bengal, marking the harvest season. Commencing on the 7th day of the month of Poush, the fair officially lasts for three days, although vendors may stay until the month-end as per the university regulations. From 2017 on wards the fair lasted for six days. The key characteristic of this fair include live performances of Bengali folk music, such as baul,kirtan and Kobigan.

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Rabindra Jayanti

Santiniketan comes alive with the sound of songs, poetry and cultural performances on Rabindra Jayanti to celebrate the annual birth anniversary of the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. A short journey from Kolkata brings the visitor to the charming environs of learning and culture founded by Bengal’s icon.
As the sun heats up in the month of Baisakh, Santiniketan pays its homage to its founding father on this day. A walk around this woody campus with its universities, art studios and open spaces for festive performances and literary gatherings is enough to bring the pulse of the occasion.

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Address: Santiniketan Road,
Shyambati (Opposite Irrigation Office), Birbhum, Shantiniketan, Pin - 731235

Phone: (+91) 6297475600

Email: query@kristiguesthouse.in

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