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(Santiniketan is also spelled as Shantiniketan / Shanthiniketan / Santhiniketan)
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State: West Bengal
District: Birbhum
Famous for/as: Culture
Languages: Bengali, Hindi, English
Best Season: Throughout the year
Weather: Summers 19 to 37°C, Winters 3 to 24°C
Altitude: 58 m
Pincode: 731235
STD code: 03463
Santiniketan, literally means abode of Peace and a place reverberating with the memory of the great poet Rabindranath Tagore, is the embodiment of peace and tranquility and the world renowned Visva Bharathi University is located at this place. Here in this University and in Santhiniketan cultures of west and east meet together for common cause of World Peace and it attracts many talented students from all India and other foreign countries. It has the stature of a spiritual meeting place in a serene, artistic and culturally rich secluded environment.

Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, father of famous poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, established Santiniketan in 1862 AD mainly due to the attraction of the natural beauty and calmness of the locality, near the small town Bolpur in West Bengal. Maharshi Debendranath tagore formed a trust in 1863 for running the Santhiniketan. He entrusted the new trust with the task of arranging a fair, Paush Mela, with a primary aim of propagating a new religious faith known as Brahmo Dharmo. Presently the major celebration in Santhiniketan and a major attraction for tourists is this Paush Mela, conducted every year in December.

Rabindranath Tagore set up a school named Brahmacharya School in 1901 at Santhiniketan, presently this is known as Patha Bhavan. Annual Paush Utsav was made as a converging place for scholars, local people and urban people during his period. It is an event in which artisans display their artifacts and a fair in which all types of products are sold.

Santhiniketan has grown to a much sought tourist spot due to its incredible history and its association with Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore. The Scenic surroundings, the greatest knowledge base in India, the legendary history of the fairs and the mesmerizing natural charm, all attracts thousands of tourists every year to Santhiniketan.

There are many attractions in Santhiniketan; main attractions are the various bhavans (buildings) in the Visva-Bharati campus. These include Kala Bhavan (college of arts and crafts), China Bhavan (Chinese faculty), Sangeet Bhavan (school of dance and music), Patha Bhavan (the Brahmacharya School) and the prayer hall. A research Institute and a Museum are also located here.

Santiniketan has the added credit of being the home to the Amartya Sen, who won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1998.
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Where to Celebrate Holi: Unique Places for an Exotic Holi Experience

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 27, 2013
Holi is the most colourful festival in India and is celebrated all over the country with great pomp and show.


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Please give some information on Pearson Memorial Hospital of Bolpur-Santiniketan.
Posted by Sanjoy Mukherjee 5 year, 3 months ago
hi! i m ketaki moghe 4m kolhapur maharashtra.Im studing architecture final yre part-1 & have choosen my thesis topic as art college & would like to visit kala bhavan for my case plez can anybody tell me where to contact.
Posted by ketaki moghe 7 year, 9 days ago
please write to principal kalabhavan for your work.
Posted by gopi 5 year, 6 months ago
Posted by DRAGAN ANA 6 year, 10 months ago
whenever you are there contact me by email or mobile 9830779545 for cycle trek thru tribal villages.
Posted by chiru sur 6 year, 45 days ago
Dear Jogen,
I came to know that you are in Santiniketan now. It is long time we have not written to eachother. You know that I am running the textile training centre in Kathmandu for last 30 years. I tried to get your personnal email and address but couldnot get it so I am writting here. Please send me your email so that I can contact you.
Urmila Garg
Posted by Urmila Garg 6 year, 3 months ago
amar sadher shantiniketan er ja obostha tate ar okhake thaka jae na
Posted by Rabi Thakur 7 year, 31 days ago
I will go to Santiniketan So I want to know about the rate of hoiday homes or hotel of West Bengal Government.
Posted by Debasish Biswas 7 year, 4 months ago
his tories of amartya sen, rabindranath and all greats are all known - what about the name of the tea stall owner? what about the name of the seller of local boul singer- where he stays? what about the shop owner who sells typical santiniketani jhola bags and ladies bags? what about the lady who sells kantha stitch sarees and all related localities?
Posted by niladri ghosh 7 year, 5 months ago

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