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Shānti Niketan

Shānti Niketan (India)

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  • Encounters with locals
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  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
3hrs by train from Calcutta
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Shānti Niketan

Chloe Pariset Seasoned Traveller
17 written opinions

Shantiniketan is a cultural and artistic hub in West Bengal. Welcome to the world of Tagore, the famous Indian literary figure!

My suggestion:
Visit Tagore's home and stroll through the famous Visva-Bharati University, where students get around by bike and classes are sometimes held outdoors!
My review

Situated about 200 kilometers north of Calcutta, Shantiniketan is a Bengali center of cultural excellence. It was here, in 1901, that Rabindranath Tagore, a Noble Laureate in Literature, decided to build a school that would specialize in the arts and humanities; the famous Visva-Bharati University was thus born.

Over a century later, Shantiniketan remains true to the poet's vision and today the university welcomes students from all over the world. Life here is civilized, enjoyable and encourages creativity! I met a lot of artists, writers and musicians at Shantiniketan and each one described life there as enchanting - a magical place that you'll want to return to. Shantiniketan really stole my heart during my trip to India. !

Bengal is a land of artists and writers and Shantiniketan is a perfect example. Let the students and locals tell you about the region and its stories; take time out to bury your head in Tagore's writings. Shantiniketan's charm will win you over! Another plus...each year the town celebrates Holi, the festival of colors, in style. A place not to miss if you find yourself in Bengal.

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