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 EaseMyTrip.in and choose the most suitable packages for you!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.