Santiniketan is a small town in Birbhum District, West Bengal, around 165Km away from Kolkata(The Capital of West Bengal). Rabindranath Tagore wanted to make Santiniketan as a university town and he did it.
In 1862, Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, father of Rabindranath Tagore, passing from this area, which he found to be very peaceful. He renamed it Shantiniketan, previously Shantiniketan was called Bhubandanga.
In 1863 Debendranath Tagore founded an ‘Ashram‘ here. In the year 1901, Rabindranath Tagore established his dream of the open air school. It was named ‘Patha Bhavana‘ and started with only 5 students. Later on, In 1921, this school was expanded and form the famous Vishva Bharati University. This transformation happed few years after Tagore received the first non-European Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
April to June: Shantiniketan experiences extreme heat at this time. It’s Better to avoid Shantiniketan at this time. Temperature cross 40*C at this time. if you are planning to come at this time, don’t forget to carry sunglasses, hats, water bottles and wear light cotton.
July to September: This time Shantiniketan receives moderate rainfall. the temperature is quite pleasant this time. It’s a good time to explore Shantiniketan and witness the greenery beauty of the Shantiniketan. don’t forget to carry an umbrella, raincoat, and appropriate footwear.
October to February: Winter season is the best time to visit Shantiniketan. The temperature ranges from 13*C to 29*C. the weather remains pleasantly cool all through the day. make sure your bookings are done in advance and don’t forget to carry warm clothes.
Air: Santiniketan does not have its airport. The nearest airport was Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Dum Dum, Kolkata, which is around 165km from Santiniketan. From the airport, travelers can avail of cab service to reach Santiniketan.
Travelers can also take a bus or train to reach Santiniketan.
Train: The train is the most convenient way to reach Santiniketan. There are many daily trains available from Kolkata. Take trains from Howrah Junction/Sealdah to Bolbur, which is 3 km away from Santiniketan. From the Bolpur station, you can take rickshaws to reach Shantiniketan. From Kolkata, it will take approximately 3 hours to reach Bolpour.
Bus: It is another comfortable way to reach Bolpur. Buses will take 3 hr to reach Bolpour from Kolkata. From Kolkata(Esplanade), you will find buses for Bolpur.
Bolpur is around 3km away from Shantiniketan. From the Bolpur, you can take rickshaws to reach Shantiniketan.
Homestay and resorts are easily available in Shantiniketan.
If you are looking for a peaceful environment, then you can try Prokriti Bon Bungalow.
If you are looking for a resort, then Ram Shyam Village Resort is a good option for you.
Budget travelers can try
all these hotels are at a good location and service is also good.
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