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Bengali, English
1 Day
Between August to March
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
16℃ to 29℃

Santiniketan Tourism

A small town near Bolpur in Birbhun district of West Bengal, Santiniketan is home to the brilliant Indian poet and writer, Rabindra Nath Tagore. Known to few, the town is located at a distance of 80 kms from Kolkata. Today, the town is home to Visva Bharati University established by Maharshi Devendranath Tagore and later expanded by his son Rabindranath Tagore radically changed the concept of education of India. The gracefully laid out campus is an excellent example where knowledge and aesthetics merge.

Things to do in Santiniketan

1.Uttrayan Complex

134 kilometres from city centre

The gracefully delicate complex with green avenues, paved courtyards and exquisite gard...

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2.China Bhavan

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  Visva Bharati teaches a lot of languages. Situated next to Hindi Bhavana, China Bhava...

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3.Prayer hall- Upasna Ghar

1 kilometres from city centre

One of the most beautiful buildings in Santiniketan, the prayer hall is made from stun...

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4.Sangeet bhavan

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Situated right next to Kala Bhavan, located inside the Visva Bharathi University, Sang...

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Considered to be very sacred, this place was the meditation spot of Tagore’s father, M...

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6 kilometres from city centre

  The small temple town of Kankalitala is situated at 8 kms from Santiniketan at takes ...

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7.Tagore's ashrama

141 kilometres from city centre

  Known as Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore’s abode, the Tagore ashram is a must visit plac...

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8.Kala Bhavan

0 kilometres from city centre

  Kala Bhavan is well known as the distinguished centre for Visual Arts practice and re...

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9.Amar Kutir

4 kilometres from city centre

Located at the banks of Kopal River, about 15 kms from Santiniketan, Amar Kutir, once ...

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10.Rabindra Bhaban Museum

1 kilometres from city centre

  Located within Santiniketan, the museum is a place which best showcases the life and ...

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11.Poush Mela

1 kilometres from city centre

  Poush Mela is one of the most celebrated events of the year in Santiniketan. The Mela...

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12.Deer Park

1035 kilometres from city centre

  The deer park is situated 3 kms from the main campus in the Ballavpur forest, the par...

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13.Khoai Mela

2 kilometres from city centre

  This is a weekly fair Santiniketan is famous for the bauls, folk singer and ethnic cr...

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Santiniketan can be visited throughout the year. The three- day Poush Mela which is a major tourist attraction here brings in a lot of artisans, artists, folk singers, dancers and tourists from all over. Vishwa Bharati University, Tagore’s Ashrama, Upasana Ghar, Rabindra Bhaban Museum, Amar Kutir, Deer Park are the major tourist attractions in an around Santiniketan.


How to reach

Santiniketan is well connected with other cities by rail and road.

How to Reach by Flight

Santiniketan cannot be reached directly via airways due to the lack of air connectivity. If you plan to reach by flight, you can first fly to Kolkata international airport and then travel by road. Santiniketan is at 200kms from the Kolkata International Airport.

How to Reach by Train

The most convenient way to reach Santiniketan is by train. The nearest station is Bolpur Station which is hardly 2-3 km away.

How to Reach by Bus

Santiniketan is well connected by buses from all around. From Kolkata, if you want to go by bus, then you have to take Kolkata-Asansol bus or Kolkata-Suri bus. For Asansol bound bus you have to get down near Panagarh and for Suri bound bus you have to get down near Ilambazar and for both cases, you have to catch another bus for Santiniketan.

How to Reach by Road

Santiniketan is well connected by roads. Buses from major surrounding areas like Kolkata, Guwahati and Durgapur are available at nominal prices.

How to travel within

Commuting in the city is mainly done with tourist cars and cycle rickshaws. You can also hire bikes and cycles for yourself in the region for under 2,000 for 2-3 days.

Local Cuisine

Santiniketan has a variety of cuisines to offer. The university has a number of small to medium restaurants. Even though the beer and wine shops are rarely found, Rice beer found here is popular during all the fares

Famous restaurants in Santiniketan include:

·        Shakunthala (Bengali Cuisine)
·        9 x 9 Restaurant (Indian, Asian, Chinese)
·        Kasahara (Indian, Asian, Chinese)
·        Atithya (Indian, Asian)
·        Sonajhuri Resturant
·        Whispering woods Restaurant (Indian, Chinese)


Santiniketan Itinerary

Day 1

  • Morning: Visva Bharati University
  • Afternoon: Uttarayan Complex, Rabindra Bhavana
  • Evening: The deer park, Tagore's Ashram

Note: Visit during Saturdays to witness the weekly fair Khoai Mela and if you plan to spend more than a day, devote an entire day to enjoy the University and if the time permits do travel to Kankalitala.

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