Visit the small town of Shantiniketan on a full-day tour from Kolkata and discover an abode of peace that was initially an Ashram founded by Maharishi Devendranath Tagore, father of the world famous Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.
What to Expect
Escape the hustle and bustle of Kolkata for a full day on a 12-hour excursion to the small town of Shantiniketan. Located approximately 120 miles (200 kilometers) north of Kolkata, you will depart at 07:00 from your hotel to make the 5-hour drive to Shantiniketan.
The place of peace was initially an Ashram, or hermitage, founded in 1863 by Maharishi Devendranath Tagore, the father of the world famous Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. In 1901 Rabindranath Tagore started an experimental place of learning with a class room under the trees, and a group of 5 pupils. It later became the Vishwa Bharati University in 1921.
The university attracts pupils from all over the world, and aspires to be a spiritual meeting ground, combining Indian traditions with the best of other cultures. It has faculties in all major disciplines, such as the humanities, agriculture, cottage industries, Indian music and drama, philosophy, Sanskrit, Asian languages, and technology.
But it is the serene grounds that attract casual visitors. Filled with sculptures, paintings, murals, and frescoes, the campus is a beautiful place to explore.
On arrival, you will proceed directly for lunch, after which you can visit the university campus, before continuing to the village of Sriniketan.
The main attractions at Shantiniketan are the house where Tagore lived and worked, the Rabindra Bhavan, China Bhavan (Chinese faculty), Kala Bhavan (College of Arts and Crafts), Patha Bhavan, Sangeet Bhavan (School of Dance and Music), and the prayer hall.
You will also find some of the poet's personal belongings, paintings, and various editions of his works at the Bichitra, or Rabindra Bhavan, a research center and museum.
Continue to Sriniketan, location for Tagore’s Institute of Rural Reconstruction. Formally inaugurated in February 1922, the chief object of the college was to help villagers solve their own problems instead of a solution being imposed on them from outside.
You will see the attractive manor house and grounds where the colleges are located, before your return to Kolkata.
- Sightseeing and excursion per itinerary
- English speaking guide
- Air-conditioned transportation
- Entrance fees
- All taxes and service charges
What's Not Included
- Any air and train fares
- Medical insurance
- Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances, such as flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare/strike or any natural calamity
- Camera fee at monuments
Know Before You Go
• Please note that the Ashram is closed: Tuesday (half day) and Wednesday (full day)
• The University is closed in May and June
• Photography is restricted at Tagore Museum
• Cancellation policy: 7 days prior to the commencement of tour - no cancellation charges; 3-6 days prior to date of tour - 50% cancellation charges; less than 48 days before the start of tour - no refund