5 amazing places to visit in Santiniketan, West Bengal
Santiniketan is a small town that offers plenty to those who love art, culture as well as nature.
Also, it’s an ideal destination to travel on a very low budget.
So, if you wish to visit there for a weekend getaway, do include the following places on your bucket list.
While planning a trip to West Bengal, most non-Bengalis consider only Kolkata and Darjeeling as prime destinations. But a true explorer would know that the list also includes Santiniketan – a majestic town in the Birbhum district that provides complete rejuvenation to all kinds of tourists. The town, which once served as the residence of the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, seems like a paradise with its enormous tradition of art, music, literature, and more. Also, it is where one can escape from the hustle-bustle of the city and get some solitude amidst the laps of nature. Without further ado, let’s have a look at the top five places that you should not miss in Santiniketan.
Tagore’s Ashram: A must-visit place in Santiniketan, Tagore’s Ashram is a heritage house where Rabindranath Tagore spent several years of his life. The structure was founded by his father Maharshi Debendranath Tagore as a guest house in the 19th century. It looks very enchanting with the old Bengali-styled architecture and also offers an insight into the life and works of Tagore.
Kala Bhavan: Kala Bhavan is the fine arts department of the Viswabharathi University – which is a widely renowned educational institution established by Tagore. With a focus on promoting art among students, the department draws the attention of art enthusiasts from all across the world. On a visit, you will be fascinated to see the magnificent artworks done on the walls of the structure.
Rabindra Bhavan Museum: This is a well-equipped museum that attracts those who wish to learn more about Tagore. Built in 1961, Rabindra Bhavan Museum houses a rich collection of letters, paintings, photographs, certificates, clothing, along with several accessories that belonged to the Nobel laureate.
Sonajhuri: Located at a near distance from the main town, Sonajhuri is a tranquil location where you should visit to get some breath of fresh air. The place is surrounded by a lush jungle where you can roam around in the early morning to enjoy the ultimate elegance of nature. Also, make sure to visit the Sonajhurir Haat (weekend market) and shop for something from the local sellers.
Chattimtala: A part of the Viswabharathi University, Chattimtala was the meditation spot of Maharshi Debendranath Tagore. He constructed the structure to propagate the benefits of meditation, and the practice he initiated a century ago is still there today. Also, it’s close to the prayer hall of the university.
Apart from these, you can also visit Kopai, Amar Kutir, Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary, etc.