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Shantiniketan (Santiniketan) Day Trip from Kolkata

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The home of Rabindranath Tagore, "The Bard of Bengal,"  the famous poet and Nobel Prize winner. Shantiniketan is considered a must-visit on a trip to Kolkata.


Highlights

  • Take a tour of Shantiniketan and explore what one of the best poets in India has left behind.
  • Visit places like the Vishwa-Bharati University, Tagore's Ashrama, Chattimtala, and many more during this tour.
  • Service of an experienced driver and a well-maintained car.

 

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Detailed overview

Santiniketan, founded in 1901 by the renowned poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore in rural West Bengal, served as both a residential school and an art center. It was inspired by ancient Indian traditions and Tagore's vision of human unity that transcended religious and cultural differences.

Shantiniketan is home to Rabindranath Tagore, the one whose contribution to Bengali literature is undeniably the greatest, and he is also the one who has written the national anthem of India. Shantiniketan houses the Vishwa-Bharati University, which has several complexes of fine arts training and literature from several regions of the world. Shantiniketan also has complexes, which were established by Tagore's father, Maharishi Devendranath Tagore. Overall, this tour will give you a chance to understand the philosophies of the "Bard of Bengal" and explore the rich heritage he has left behind.

 

Shantiniketan (Santiniketan) Day Trip from Kolkata Itinerary

  • The tour starts with your pick-up from the hotel/residence at a time selected during the booking.
  • The drive to Shantiniketan from the city of Kolkata is about 3.5 hours.
  • Once in Shantiniketan, visit the Vishwa-Bharati University. There are several complexes in the university, and cars are not allowed inside, so guests will have to walk on foot or take a local rickshaw to cover the area.
  • The names of a few of the complexes are as follows:
  • Cheena Bhavana (Chinese study centre)
  • Hindi Bhavana (Hindi study centre)
  • Nippon Bhavana (Indo-Japanese studies)
  • Kala Bhavana, the college of fine arts and crafts, houses a museum exhibiting sculptures, frescoes and murals, as well as a library of art books
  • Sangeet Bhavana (College of Music and Dance) and many more.
  • The university visiting hours are winters: 2:00 pm till 4:30 pm and in summers it is 2:30 pm till 5:30 pm and during vacations it is 7:30 am till 11:00 am.
  • After the university tour, visit Tagore's ashram, which was built by Rabindranath Tagore's father.
  • Amar Kutir, a major attraction in Shantiniketan, is located in the vicinity of the Vishwa-Bharati University.
  • It displays several locally made handicrafts, which include leather-printed bags, printed cloth, etc.
  • Visit the Rabindra Bhavan Museum, built in 1961, which houses original manuscripts, letters, and paintings by Tagore.
  • Chattimtala is also a popular place in Shantiniketan; this is where Tagore's father, Devendranath Tagore, used to meditate.
  • You may also visit the Deer Park, which is a lush green piece of land and is home to several numbers of deer and birds.
  • If you have planned your trip for a Saturday, you may have a chance to witness the Khoai Mela, where artisans from nearby places gather to sell several household artefacts, clothes, and handicrafts.
  • On completion of the tour, start your journey back to Kolkata and get dropped off at your hotel/residence.


Please note

  1. This is not a guided tour; the driver will not be the guide for the tour.
  2. This is an outstation tour; hence, the vehicle cannot be used for the local city tour.

Basic Details

Start Point
Kolkata Hotel/Residence
Finish Point
Kolkata Hotel/Residence
Start time
7:00 am 8:00 am 9:00 am 10:00 am
Category
Tours & SightseeingFamily-friendlyReligiousFamily-friendlyReligious
Trip Code
O914A2405

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop (within city limits).
  • Charges for the private air-conditioned cab.
  • The driver and fuel charges.
  • Usage of the vehicle for up to 350 kilometres as per the itinerary (Extra kilometre charges will be applicable after the limit, please refer Important Information Section for details).

Exclusions

  • Airport pick-up or drop.
  • All parking & toll charges.
  • Monument entrance charges.
  • Any meals during the tour for the guests.
  • Anything else not specified in the inclusions above.
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Important Information

  • This is not a guided tour.
  • The driver will know the local language, English speaking driver can be requested for during the booking in "Special Request" section, though the same cannot be promised.
  • The guests may choose to skip or add any new attraction in the destination of the tour.
  • Sedans (4-seater) models provided are Suzuki Dzire or similar.
  • SUV (6-seater) models provided are Mahindra Scorpio or similar.
  • Night charge of Rs. 500 is applicable if the cab service is used between 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.
  • The tour has a kilometre limit of 350 kilometres.
  • After 350 kilometres, additional per kilometre charge will be applicable (to be paid directly to the driver)
  • For Sedan (4-seater) - Rs. 17 per km (additional kilometre charge).
  • For SUV (6-seater) - Rs. 22 per km (additional kilometre charge).

Cancellation Policy

  • Full refund if cancelled before* 3 days
  • No refund after that

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Meet-up Information/Reporting Point

  • Hotel/residence pick-up and drop (within city limits).
  • The driver will pick you up directly from your hotel or specified pick up point. Please enter the full pick up address at the checkout page.
  • The driver and cab details will be shared with you 2 to 4 hours prior to the tour start time.
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