SANTINIKETAN
ABOUT THE PLACE

Bengal’s treasure trove of knowledge, wisdom and culture, Santiniketan – near a small town in Birbhum district, Bolpur – is a precious gift of nature as well. Poet-philosopher Rabindranath Tagore started his dream educational institution here with an open-air school that gradually evolved into an international university named Visva Bharati. To celebrate the beauty of Santiniketan in different seasons he introduced festivals like Briksharopan, Barshamomgal, Poush Mela, Maghotsav and Vasata Utsav.

Moving beyond the memorabilia of the renowned Tagore family clustered within the periphery of Visva Bharati University campus, one can explore the beauty of the rivulet Kopai, the red-hued khoai fields and visit the Ballavpur Deer Park and Sanctuary.



HOW TO REACH

2337 Up Santiniketan Express leaves Howrah at 10:10 a.m. everyday for Bolpur which is merely 2 km from Santiniketan. Cycle rickshaws are aplenty. Other trains are: 3015/3016 Howrah-Bolpur Shantiniketan Express, 3133/3134 Sealdah-Mughalsarai Express, 3071/3072 Howrah-Jamalpur Express, 2557/ 2558 Kanchenjunga Express., 335/336 Vishwabharati Fast Passenger, Shantiniketan Express., Danapur Fast Passenger and Tarapith Passenger.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Monsoon, winter and spring are the times when Santiniketan is at its natural best. Summer is too scorching.

ACCOMMODATION

Tourist Lodge
West Bengal Tourism
For booking contact:
Tourism Centre
Kolkata–700001
Tel: (033) 22437260
Rent: Dormitory costs Rs. 80/- per bed; Non-AC double-bedroom costs Rs. 350/- and AC double-bedroom costs Rs. 850/-.


Private Accommodation

Hotel Nisha
Tel: (03463) 253101, (0) 9832852661
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 250/-, 300/-, 325/-, 350/- depending on the amenities offered; triple-bedroom costs Rs. 325/-; four-bedroom costs Rs. 450/-; six-bed dormitory costs Rs 660/-.
This rate structure is subject to change during Vasanta Utsav and, Poush Mela

Ma Sarada Lodge
Tel: (03463) 255181
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 200/-, 250/-, 350/- depending on the amenities offered; triple-bedroom costs Rs. 400/-; four-bedroom costs Rs. 400/-; six-bed dormitory costs Rs 700/-; seven-bed dormitory costs Rs. 800/-.
This rate structure is subject to change during Vasanta Utsav and, Poush Mela.

Bandhan Lodge
Tel: (03463) 254361, (0) 9434432551
Rent: Deluxe double-bedroom costs Rs. 300/-; Non-AC double-bedroom is Rs. 200/-; AC double-bedroom costs Rs. 500/-; single-bedroom costs Rs. 150/- and four-bedroom costs Rs. 400/-.
This rate structure is subject to change during Vasanta Utsav and, Poush Mela.

Hotel Santiniketan
Tel: (03463) 254434
Rent: Non-AC double-bedroom costs Rs. 400/- ; AC double-bedroom costs Rs. 850/- and four-bedroom costs Rs. 500/-.

Chitrali Lodge
Tel: (03463) 252111, 255806, (0) 9474738967
Rent: Single-bedroom with attached bathroom costs Rs. 150/-; double-bedroom with attached bathroom costs Rs. 200–300/-; double-bedroom with common bathroom costs Rs. 150/-; triple-bedroom costs Rs. 350/-.


Guest Houses

Aro Akash
Tel: 9830181462
Rent: Cottage Onek Akash costs Rs. 600/-; cottage Dokka costs Rs. 400/-; cottagae Ekka costs Rs. 300/-.

Banalakshmi Atithi Niwas
Tel: (03463) 271202, (0) 9434446150
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 400/-; six-bed dormitory costs Rs. 600/-.

Jiran Resort
Tel: (0) 9332083644, 9333510012
Website: http://jiraanresort.googlepages.com