Want to enjoy the peace and tranquility, then surely make a stop at Rabindranath Tagore’s abode.
Shantiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India, approximately 180 kilometres north of Kolkata. It was made by the famous Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, whose vision has now became is the Visva-Bharati University. The English-daily, The Daily Star notes,”Using the money he received with his Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, the school was expanded and renamed Visva-Bharati University. It grew to become one of India’s most renowned places of higher learning, with a list of alumni that includes Nobel-winning economist Amartya Sen, globally renowned filmmaker Satyajit Ray and the country’s leading art historian, R. Siva Kumar, to name just a few”.Santiniketan is also a tourist attraction because Rabindranath Tagore wrote many of his literary classics here, and his house is an important historical piece.
No visit to West Bengal is complete without a visit to this place.
Places to See While You are There
Tagore’s Ashrama :
It is Closed on Wednesdays. You have to walk through the area. Guides are generally available outside Uttarayan Complex/Rabindra Bhaban, otherwise one has to follow the crowd. The first building in the area was a guest house built in 1863 by Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, father of Rabindranath Tagore. It was named Santiniketan and thereafter the entire place acquired that name. Hermitage created with a Trust Deed in 1888 by Maharshi Devendranath Tagore. School classes and major functions are held in the Amra Kunja (mango grove). Some of the Visva Bharati institutions are also located here. Tourists are not allowed to stray into areas where outdoor classes are held as they disturb studies.
Prayer place (under the “Chhatim” tree) of Maharshi Devendranath Tagore.
Brahma Mandir :
Upasana Griha, constructed in 1891.
Visit out for sculptures and frescoes of Nandalal Bose, Ramkinkar Baij and Binode Bihari Mukherjee, particularly around Kala Bhavana. Kalo Bari beside Sangeet Bhavana is interesting.
Uttarayan Complex :
Closed on Wednesdays. The complex has several buildings associated with Tagore’s memory – Udayan, Konark, Shyamali (mud hut), Punascha and Udichi. The complex has well-laid out gardens. Combined entry fee for Uttarayan complex and Rabindra Bhaban Museum is Rs 5. Cameras and hand bags not allowed.