Bolpur santiniketan tour plan guide from Kolkata [Visit 20 Places]
Bolpur santiniketan tour plan guide from Kolkata
What are the best places to visit in Santiniketan with less cost? I can assume that these might be your main concern about your Bolpur Santiniketan tour plan. This is the proper guidance about a day trip in Shantiniketan Bolpur.
Santiniketan is famous for Rabindranath Thakur. The prime attraction is Biswa Bharati Campus. There are many other places of interest in Shantiniketan like Kankalitala temple, Amar Kutir, Khoai boner hat, etc. My total tour cost is 4800 rupees for two days, two people and one child. This article definitely helps you to save your hard-earned money.
Kolkata to santiniketan Total Tourism Cost
|First day Toto fare||350|
|2nd day Toto fare||470|
|3rd day Toto fare||1000|
|Food cost at Amar Hensel(First day)||580|
|Food cost Second Day||600|
|Food cost 3rd day||350|
|Total (for two people, shopping extra)||Rupees 4820|
Our Holiday story in Shantiniketan
We started our tour from Sealdah with Kanchanjanga express at 6.35 am. We reach Bolpur station around 9.30 am.
First, we visit the Gitanjali Rail Museum opposite of the Bolpur railway station. This is my first visiting place for Shantiniketan sightseeing.
Next, we booked a Toto to reach Amar Kutir from Gitanjali Rail Museum. In this way, we first visit Kankalitala temple, then Biswa Bangla hat, Prakiti Bhavan, and reach Amar Kutir, where we stay the 1st day in Bolpur.
After that, we have taken lunch and take a rest at Amar Kutir guest house Santiniketan and in the evening we visit Amar Kutir premises, Kopai River and do shopping there. Lastly, we came back and take dinner at Amar Kutir Hensel again.
Next day we left Amar Kutir and visit Santiniketan where we booked another budget hotel. While this journey we visit Srijani Shilpogram, Ballavpur Deer Park and reached to the hotel. The Toto cost is 300 rupees.
We keep our luggage in our new room and went for Biswabharati Santiniketan ashram, Kala Bhavan, Biswabharati museum, etc.
Next, we take our lunch in hotel Ayojon. Then we went to the Khoai boner hat, as it’s held on every Saturday. We shopped local handmade items like the saree, dress, clay ornament, metal jewellery, a wide variety of Kantha stitch work on the garment, etc. The Sonibarer hat is very popular. In the evening we came back to the hotel as we almost completed Bolpur Santiniketan tour.
Last day we visited some unusual places in Bolpur, normally tourist does not visit there. First, we visited Kalikapur Rajbari which is 60 km approx. from Bolpur. Next, we visit Ghurisha, where you can find two terracotta temples, which is the oldest temple in Birbhum district. Please note, we keep our first Toto in Ilambazar and take another one for Ghurisha. As we suspect that there may be a millage problem in our first Toto car.
After, we visit Wood Fossil Park. It is a newly created tourist place. While returning we visit Raipur Rajbati and Surul Rajbari. This day the toto cost is 1000 rupees.
In the evening we took Kanchanjanga express and return to Sealdah. Train Kanchanjanga express 4.11 pm but it reached at 4.30. And in Sealdah time is 7.25pm but reached 9.25pm.
We miss some tourist spot in Shantiniketan like Hetampur Rajbari, SABUJ BAN or Plant Museum, Joydeb Kenduli, Itonda, Fullora Temple etc.
Travel hacks for Bolpur
• You can skip 3rd-day toto fare it will reduce your tour cost up to 1000 rupees but I suggest visit at least there while you are there.
• There is the number of Toto car is available in Santiniketan so no need to book a single toto for your entire tour it will cost almost double.
• Train fair 80 rupees per person. Whenever you book your e-ticket IRCTC always take travel insurance, it will help you in future and I have detail article on that link is on the description.
Day 1 for Santiniketan tour plan
Gitanjali Rail Museum, Kankalitala, Biswabangla hath, Prakitibhavan, Amar kutir, Kopai River
Day 2 for Santiniketan tour plan
Srijani shilpogram, Ballavpur deer park, Biswabharati, Kala bhaban, Biswabharati museum, Khoai boner hat
Day 3 for Santiniketan tour plan
Kalikapur Rajbari, Ghursia, Fossil Park, Raipur Rajbari, Surul Rajbari
Top 20 places to visit in Santiniketan
1) Gitanjali Rail Museum
Gitanjali rail Museum is about 3 kilometres from Viswa-Bharati premises and just right next to Bolpur Station. It is Indian Railways’s famous museum. This museum has very enriched information about Rabindranath Tagore and Viswa-Bharati.
This museum has full of unknown information and images about Rabindranath. Like other museums, you don’t get to see Rabindranath’s used anything here, except just a single armchair and a table. But many histories of Rabindranath and Santiniketan can be found in this large museum’s first floor. Inside the walls are beautiful craftsmanship and fresco of Plaster of Paris. Here is the special Saloon Coach of the special railways, by which Rabindranath left the Santiniketan forever in the month of July 1941.
2) kankalitala Temple travel guide
Kankalitala situated in the bank of the Kopai river of Birbhum. This place is one of the holy and awakened places in West Bengal. It’s the 51st “SATI PITH”. As per the Hindu mythology. Sati maa’s waist was fell here. On every Saturday a huge crowd gather their dew for kankalimaa’s puja.
3) Biswa Bangla hat
Biswa Bangla hat in Santiniketan is a new travel destination for tourist and shopping lovers. It is located in the near of PRANTIK station. Here you get a wide range of handmade art and craft product, which all are unique in style. The product or art is like jute bag, painted umbrella, hand painted saree, other lots of tribal painting, wooden and clay sculpture etc is mind-blowing.
4) Prakriti Bhavan Nature Art museum
Prakriti Bhavan Nature Art museum is situated Ballavpur area and the way to Amar Kutir. Here you can see a very interesting collection of natural art and craft, which all created naturally in a different place in India. This museum is made with this natural craft. The craft is made of wood, metal, stone, etc.
5) Amar Kutir
Amar Kutir was founded by the freedom fighter Late Susen Mukhopadhyay in early 1923 with objectives as envisaged by Rabindranath Tagore in his experiments in rural reconstruction at Sriniketan.
After, Amar Kutir Society for Rural Development (AKSRD) in 1978 as a self-supported voluntary organization for rural development. The society has been organizing training and production of traditional handicrafts of the district and now supports more than a thousand artisans with marketing, technical Improvement and design development.
6) Amar Kutir ECO-Tourism Park
While I am in Amar Kutir, we visit Amar Kutir ECO-park which is a walkable distance from Amar Kutir premises. You can spend a beautiful evening here. It’s a wide area. Timing is 8 am to 5 pm. The entry fee is just 10 rupees. You can do boat riding in the surrounding pond. Boating charge is 20 rupees. You can spend 2 hours here in a day.
7) Srijani Shilpagram Shantiniketan Bolpur
Srijani Shilpagram is a place that displays the homes, lifestyle, and handicrafts in the eastern and northeastern states of India. Spread across a wide range of grounds, this place has been designed as a hub for rural artists to sell their clothes, handicrafts. A government initiative, Srijani Shilpagram, started in 2008. West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Sikkim, seven sisters in the northeast and the Andaman Nicobar Islands are also represented.
8) Ballavpur wildlife sanctuary Bolpur Shantiniketan
Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary is locally known as the Bolpur deer park. Here you can see lots of deer. The entry ticket is just 10 rupees. Inside the whole Ballavpur deer park, you can see lots deer are walking here and there.
There you can see a watchtower you can climb to see almost the total area of the park. It is a large area for walking. You can take a long walk and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
9) Kopai river
Kopai River also known as Sal River. It is the tributary of Mayurakshi, flows among cities like Santiniketan, Bolpur, Kankalitila and Labpur in Birbhum district of West Bengal state of India. It is a small river in the dry season but its overflow in the monsoon season. Rabindranath Tagore, sitting on the bank of the Kopai river and wrote,
10) Visva Bharati Santiniketan
In 1863, Debendra Nath Tagore, the father of Rabindranath Tagore, founded this ashram in the northern part of Bolpur city for the purpose of God-oriented and ritualistic worship. In 1901 Rabindranath established Brahma Vidyalaya in Santiniketan, which gradually became the University of Visva Bharati University.
Rabindranath spent most of his life in the second half at Santiniketan Ashram. In the Shantiniketan premises, Rabindranath built many architectural building for the residence of himself and other The Co-operators. Later, this building became an important tourist spot by decorating the works of various artists and sculptors of the Ashram. In 1951 Visva Bharati University got the status of the Central University of India.
11) Visva Bharati Kala Bhavan
In Santiniketan, The Kala Bhavana compound is a very large area and full of sculptures and other objects of arts. Many of these are in the open air and a lot of these are created by the renowned sculpture artist Ramkinkar Baij. I visit and walk in the Kala Bhavana compound for about 45 minutes to see all of these. Don’t miss “Kalo Bari” or “the Black House”. It looks like a primary school a village.
12) Rabindra Bhaban Museum
The Rabindra Bhaban Museum is made up of 5 houses.The 5 houses name is Pratichi, Konark, Punocho, Raktakorobi, Shyamoli. These are the names of his literature and by these names, his houses have been named. Rabindranath Tagore has spent a major part of his life and not only that a lot of his great work has been produced here. Rabindra Bhaban museum has 40,000 books and 12,000 journals and they also preserved the poet’s photographs, memories, images and objects. It is one of the most interesting and must visitable places in Santiniketan. Keep in mind, photography is not allowed here.
13) Sonibarer hat / Khoai boner hat
Khoai boner hat, local people also called it Sonibarer hat. In this hat Tribal people performing their amazing traditional Santali dance with the bits of Madol. Lots of people are selling their handmade product like saree, dress, clay ornament, metal jewellery, wide verity of Kantha stitch work on the garment etc. Khoai boner Hat is normally held on every Saturday, and the hat is starts from 2 pm onwards and up to sunset.
14) Kalikapur Rajbari
Kalikapur rajbari was a very famous rajbari in Kalikapur village. It is 25 km from Bolpur and 5 km from Illambazar. This rajbari has a Durga corridor, and there is a terracotta Shiva temple adjacent to the palace. Today this rajabari is tottering. These family members live in a part of the house. In the history of West Bengal, this house has a historic value.
15) Ghurisha Terracota temple
Ghurisha village is located less than 7 miles away from Ilambazar. Here you can see two old terracotta temples, one is Charchala temple of Raghunathjee and another is the Nabaratna Gopal – Lakshmi-Janardan Temple. The Charchala temple of Raghunathjee is the oldest temple in Birbhum. Both temples are built in the middle of the eighteen century. You should add these place when you tourism in bolpur.
16) Wood fossil park Birbhum
In the year 2015, some plants were found due to digging soil in small villages Amkhoi which is located in the Chawpahari jungle of Ilambazar, Bolpur. The woods are parts of the plants of thousands of years ago. This park was created after recovering many more wood fossils. It is open to the general public in 2018.
17) Raipur Rajri Birbhum
Raipur jamidar bari is located near Bolpur, about 7 km away from the Bolpur station. This house is 150 years old. Now the house is almost ruined. Rabindranath’s family had a close relationship with the zamindar of Raipur. Rabindranath Tagore’s father was buying land from the Raipur zamindar for the construction of Biswa Bharati Ashram.
18) Surul Raj Bari
The Rajbari at Surul, Shantiniketan. The Surul rajbari is 275 years old. Surul village is located near Visva-Bharati University Sriniketan campus. In Surul village a large number of Bagdis, Bauris, Haris and Doms, are live. The Sarkar’s family, who were Zamindars of Birbhum District brought a group of Brahmins and other upper castes. Surul the sarkar’s family played an important role in the socio-economic development of the entire area as well as the establishment of a global organization of national importance. Durga Puja is very famous in the family of Surul zamindar.
19) Santiniketan Poush Mela
In the year 1250 Bengali year 7th poush Debendranath, take Brahma dharma with his 20 followers. Debendranath had thought about the Bolpur Mela on that day. In order to fulfil the desire of his father, 1302 Bengali year or in 1895, Rabindranath initiated Paush festival. Initially, the fair was held in the grounds of Braha mandir or the Northern Kanchmadir area. Later, when the area of the fair increased, the fair was held in the East Palli ground. This fair was known as Bhuban Danga Mela. Not only the memories of Robi Thakur, but the importance of festivals in the cultural life of Bengal felt in Paush festival. It started in December every year.
20) Basanta Utsab
Rabindranath Tagore introduced Basant Utsav or spring festival in Shantiniketan to restore the joy of the Holi festival. Now it is one of the prime festivals of Bengali culture.
On the occasion, the students of this university dressed in yellow colour. University students and teachers jointly organize cultural events on the Mela ground. This year the Basant Utsav held on 20/03/2019 – 21/03/2019
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