Shantiniketan, West Bengal
About 213 km away from Kolkata is the unique and serene University town of Shantiniketan. Set amidst the nature the place gives a distinctive picture of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore''s dream of peace and harmony across the world note just among the people but also the environment. The cultural and heritage town located in Birbhum district of West Bengal comprises mainly of the Visva Bharati University and is known mainly as Gurudev''s home. The unique university offers cultural milieu where classes are held amidst nature under the skies. Set up by Gurudev''s father, the university was later popularised by him and went on to change the face and concept of education in India. Shantiniketan today has become a haven for tourists where aesthetics brilliance and knowledge become one.
The cultural and heritage town of Shantiniketan is well connected from Kolkata by buses and taxis. The nearest airport is Kolkata International Airport about 213 km away. From there one has to take taxis or buses to reach Shantiniketan. The nearest rail head is Bolpur which is about 2 km away.
Shantiniketan experiences a decent weather practically 8-9 months of the year. However, the peak summer season of April to June isn''t a good time to visit as the temperatures are soaring. Late August to March is a good time as the temperature is usually pleasant. Though March is the best time to visit but a lot of people choose to come in December for the Pooshmela, which is a major event in the town.
The visit to the VIshwa Bharati Campus is the key attraction of Shantiniketan. The University showcases the best of Indian traditions and also highlights other traditions to give an overall perspective. The The classrooms are under the sky with interesting murals, frescos, paintings, sculptures all around giving artistic tributes to eminent educationists and academicians like Rabindranath Tagore, Nandlal Bose, Ramkinkar, Bindobehari Mukhopadyaya, o name a few
There are many unique buildings in the Uttarayan Complex where Tagore lived. The unique architecture of buildings such as the Udayana, Konark, Shyamali, Punascha and Udichi are mesmerizing. Other major attractions include Kala Bhavan, Rabindra Bhavan, Uttarayan Gardens and the Deer Park.