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Santiniketan

Calcutta City Guide

As a distinct identity to West Bengal, Santiniketan is an ideal retreat for those who want to stay in serene atmosphere.

Formerly known as Calcutta, Kolkata is a city of surprises that overwhelms its tourists and business travelers. It is a great 'City of Joy' as the charm of this greatest colonial city never dies out and that is what makes it the most loved city of India. It ranks among the four major metropolis of India along with Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. Kolkata has been the capital city of India, in the times of British Raj for quite long period. Kolkata is also referred as the intellectual capital of the country.
Getting There
By Air : The nearest airport is Calcutta 213 km.
By Rail : The nearest railhead is Bolpur, 2 km away. Trains connecting Bolpur with Howrah/Sealdah (Calcutta) are 3015/3016 Howrah-Bolpur Shantiniketan Exp, 3133/3134 Sealdah-Mughalsarai Exp, 3071/3072 Howrah-Jamalpur Exp, 2557/ 2558 Kanchenjunga Exp., 335/336 Vishwabharati Fast Pgr., Shantiniketan Exp., Danapur Fast Pgr. and Tarapith Passenger.
By Road : The nearest railhead is Bolpur, 2 km away. Trains connecting Bolpur with Howrah/Sealdah (Calcutta) are 3015/3016 Howrah-Bolpur Shantiniketan Exp, 3133/3134 Sealdah-Mughalsarai Exp, 3071/3072 Howrah-Jamalpur Exp, 2557/ 2558 Kanchenjunga Exp., 335/336 Vishwabharati Fast Pgr., Shantiniketan Exp., Danapur Fast Pgr. and Tarapith Passenger.
The campus offers a cultural experience and the tour of it, is worthwhile.
China Bhavan : The China Bhavan is the Chinese Faculty.
The 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 are abundantly found in the area.
Kala Bhavan : The College of Fine Arts & Crafts has a museum exhibiting sculptures, frescoes & murals and a library of art books.
Patha Bhavan : Now a secondary school, is of particular interest,being an example of the traditional `Brahmacharya Ashram'.
Prayer Hall : Founded by the poet's father in 1863, the hall is made of glass. Prayers are held on Wednesday.
Bichitra : Also called Rabindra Bhavan, a Research Centre and Museum where the poet's personal belongings, paintings & various editions of his works are exhibited.
Sangeet Bhavan : College of Dance and Music. The University is replete with works on Art, Music and Humanities.

VISITING HOURS
Shantiniketan Winter:- 1400 to 1630 hours.
Summer:- 1430 to 1730 hours.
During vacations:- 0730 to 1100 hours.



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