News By/Courtesy: Anushka Banerjee | 30 Jun 2020 14:10pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Shantiniketan
  • Rabindranath Tagore and the Viswa Bharati University
  • Prime tourist spots

Breathe Fresh, Breathe Life.

Escaping the city roar, the hub of culture, basket of art and literature, a bowl of heart touching people and last but mot the least that earthy smell. Yes, Shantiniketan is what we are talking about. Just like any other city yet different.

 This City of festivals and fairs being located in the Birbhum district of West Bengal is approximately 150km away from Kolkata. The beauty of nature is at it's best in here is what the tourists and the locals have assured.

 This 'now' quick, budget-friendly, weekend tour destination is what was taken in a permanent lease by Maharshi Devendranath Tagore back in the mid 19th century. Later on Rabindranath Tagore, by the words of.his father developed a 'Brahmacharyaashrama' which later came to be known as the 'Patha Bhawana', on this very land where now the world-renowned Viswa Bharati University stands.

 While the Tagore family history and the University premise remains as benchmark stuff to explore the place, the 'Vasant or Basanta Utsav' and 'Poush Mela' acts as the cherry on the top for the place to be explored. It is always said that booking hotels and resorts 3 months prior to these events are a must thing if willing to visit the place at such times.

 The major tourist attracting sites of the place are:

  1. Viswa Bharati University - The world-renowned University, whose seeds were nurtured by Tagore and his descendants. is primarily known for its unparalleled imparting of art and cultural skills to its students.

  2. Khowai - The place is marked by beautiful carvings that have taken forms of kinds of stuff that real-life. It is also famous for its Monday market.

  3. Baul Akharas - If you dig into the interiors, baul akharas are a must-visit. An in-depth visit or the core music of Bengal, amidst nature, is an experience to be never forgotten.

  4. Sonajhuri Haat - Every Saturday, one can visit the haat (or market) at Sonajhuri, close to Shantiniketan. This is a village market and one can buy local handicrafts, listen to folk music sung by tribal groups, and eat local homemade food. It is an excellent place to experience the local culture of Shantiniketan.

  5. Pratichi - This is the house where the Nobel Laureate, Amartya Sen, spend his childhood days in.

  6. Aamar Kutir - This is a government-funded income generation hub where the locals of Shantiniketan sell there handmade to the visitors.

 Even in this coronavirus outbreak, the locals haven’t failed to.render their services to the forced tourists due to this lockdown situation. Although tourism has been kept uncertain due to the current situation.

 So, after this lockdown is over and situations are under control, and you want to breathe fresh air, go visit Shantiniketan,  it won't give you a chance to regret it. 

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT INTEND TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, SECT, OR RELIGION ETCETRA. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED PURELY ON THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL VIEWS AND OPINIONS IN THE EXERCISE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT GUARANTEED UNDER ARTICLE 19(1)(A) AND OTHER RELATED LAWS BEING FORCE IN INDIA FOR THE TIME BEING.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 30 Jun 2020 17:17pm IST


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