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Shantiniketan. Established in 1863 by Rabindranath Tagore’s father, Debendranath Tagore. Rabindranath Tagore started experimental open-air classes for students in 1901 and called it Shantiniketan or the Abode of Peace. Gurudev Tagore developed this small school for five students to a huge educational institution of international repute and called it Vishwa Bharati University. Tagore's vision was a world where man exists in perfect harmony with nature. Shantiniketan is the embodiment of serenity and peace, far removed from the concrete jungle. His motto was to teach one and all blending the east into west and putting the students nearer to nature with all the latest knowledge. He also expected that the knowledge and education from this University would be distributed by the students to the rural area of India. Nearly 220 km from Kolkata, Shantiniketan is the most famous and easily accessible tourist destination of west Bengal. Various courses including science and fine arts are taught in natural environments.

Shantiniketan celebrates Basantautsav and Poushmela with great heritage.

MUST SEE IN SHANTINIKETAN

Uttarayan Complex: 

The poet lived and worked in the Northern Complex consisting of several buildings as : Udayana, Konarka, Shyamali, Punascha and Udichi. The Bichitra ( or, Rabindra Bhavan ) designed by the poet's son Rathindranath Tagore.

At Shriniketan, mainly a Centre for Rural Service and Studies (Palli Samgathan Bibhaga), there is a college of Agriculture (Palli Siksha Sadan) as well.

The places of interest are mainly on the campus and have a distinctive feature of some of the best in Indian art and culture.

China Bhavan: The Chinese Faculty.

Chhatimtala:

Here Maharshi Devendranath, the father of Rabindranath Tagore, used to meditate. Prayers are held usually at Convocation time. Successful graduates of the Vishwa Bharati University are presented a branch of five leaves each from the Saptaparni trees which abound in the area.

Kala Bhavan:

FAIR & FESTIVAL IN SHANTINIKETAN
The best time to visit Shantiniketan is the time when the University celebrates the festivals unique only to Shantiniketan. Poush Mela: The Poush Mela is a winter fair held in December which commemorates beginning of open-air classes at Shantiniketan. Poush celebrations at Shantiniketan feature the main Tagore art forms - dance-drama, music, literature and art. The fair has extensive displays of folk arts and crafts. Its theme is a blend of Birbhum''s Adivasi-Santhal and Baul folk and tribal cultures, alongside Tagorean innovations in art and culture. Basantotsav: The Vasantotsav held around the mid March is another festive time when spring is welcomed with cultural programmes and pageants of colour, giving a vibrant look to the whole of Shantiniketan. The Poush Mela is a winter fair held in December which commemorates beginning of open-air classes at Shantiniketan. Poush celebrations at Shantiniketan feature the main Tagore art forms - dance-drama, music, literature and art. The fair has extensive displays of folk arts and crafts. Its theme is a blend of Birbhum''s Adivasi-Santhal and Baul folk and tribal cultures, alongside Tagorean innovations in art and culture.
REACH SHANTINIKETAN
AIR

The nearest airport is in Kolkata approx. 212 km.

RAIL

The nearest rail siation is Bolpur, 2 km away.is well connected with Howrah and Sealdah.

ROAD

Good motorable roads connect Shantiniketan with Kolkata 213 km (The distance of Bolpur from Panagarh 44, from Burdwan 48 and from Calcutta 119), Durgapur 56 km, Sarnath 197 km.

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