Poush Mela is an annual fair and festival that takes place in Santiniketan, West Bengal, popularly known as the land of the Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore. Commencing on the 7th day of the month of Poush, the fair lasts for 3 days marking the onset of the harvest season. The key characteristic of this fair includes live performances of Bengal Folk music, notably (baul), dances, songs and tribal sports, which offers a perfect insight into the true heritage of the state of West Bengal. Also the students of Santiniketan (Vishwa Bharti University) present their magnificent performances and make this festival more enjoyable and glamorous. Each day of the festival is filled with different activities. More than 1,500 stalls take part in the fair displaying their handicrafts, fabrics, artefacts, and many other items, which are sure to attract the visitors. The inauguration of the fair commences with great pomp and show – at the dawn of 7th Poush, 23rd December, Santiniketan wakes up to the soft music of the shehnai ( a musical instrument made of wood), and the first to enter the scenario is the Vaitalik Group, who go around the Ashrama (hermitage) singing songs. This is followed by a prayer meeting at Chaatimala, after which the entire congregation moves on to Uttarayan singing songs. We are sure, participation in this fair, will inspire you to learn about the tradition and the rich culture and heritage of the state of West Bengal, India, offering you an experience of a life time.
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This tour makes you experience the beauty of Bengal, with its beaches, monuments, temples, wildlife adventure and rich cultural heritage including the major Carnival of Poush Mela, held in Santiniketan, the land of Rabindra Nath Tagore. Arrive at Kolkata, the cultural capital of India, and known as “ The City of Joy”. You will begin your activities with dinner cruise on the River Ganges, where you will see the beauty of the city including the Howrah bridges that will bring in the magic of the evening while you are enjoying the on board entertainment and food. You will proceed to Mandarmani – a 13 km drive in beach and one of the most beautiful coastal towns, in the country, where you will stay for 2 nights unwinding yourself or participating in the many activities around the beach. Continue to Bishnupur, the land of the Malla Kings, known worldwide for its terracotta temples, before you arrive Santiniketan to participate in the biggest Carnival of Bengal, the Poush Mela, to get an insight into the culture of Bengal, and get immersed in the many activities of Baul songs, dance, and music, stage shows, tribal sports, and admire the unique craftstmanship of the artists, painters, sculptors while you stroll around the hundreds of stalls. You will then return to Kolkata and continue your tour visiting the Sunderbans, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the largest mangrove forest in the world and home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, where you will experience a unique way of viewing wild life while cruising on your boat passing through creeks, canals, and rivers, in the dense forest areas.
Duration : 12 night/13 days
Dates of the Fair : 24th December to 26th December 2018
Destinations : Kolkata – Santiniketan – Bishnupur – Mandarmani – Digha – Kolkata – Sunderbans – Kolkata