After Breakfast Check out of your Hotel at 8.00 am and proceed to Santiniketan. Santiniketan a town near Bolpur was founded by the Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore, whose vision transformed it into a University Town. Popularly known as Vishwa Bharati University ... the meaning as defined by Tagore “ where the world makes a home in the nest”..... this place emerged as the best place for higher learnings and students from across the globe study here even till this day. Tagore wrote many literary classics here and thus Tagore’s house is a place of immense historic importance.
You will see many important building within the University premises
Prayer Hall : made of Belgium glasses with marble steps on all four sides.
China Bhawan : Centre for Chinese studies , Natir Puja a famous dance drama of Tagore is painted on the wall. Then see the Black House – a mud building known for its relief works done by stalwarts like Ram Kinkar and Prabhas Sen. Then on to Patha Bhawan which is Now a secondary school. Walk upto Sangeet Bhawan – School of Dance and music. Then Santiniketan Griha - The oldest building of Santiniketan built by Rabindranath Tagore’s father, where young Rabindranath stayed as a boy. Then visit Dehali – Where Rabindranath used to live with his wife Mrinalini Devi and the Uttarayan Complex – The poet lived and worked here in the Northern complex comprising of several buildings Udayana, Konaraka, Shyamali, Punascha and Udichi.
Bichitra : This is one of the main attractions comprising a research centre and a Museum displaying the personal belongings, paintings, and several editions of his literary works. A replica of the treasured Nobel Prize is exhibited here.
Chatimala :The father of Rabindranath Tagore used to meditate in this building. This is now transformed into the convocation hall where the successful graduates are presented a bunch of 5 leaves plucked from the Saptapami trees in the area
Central Library :It is a paradise for book lovers.
Punascha and Udichi :This complex has well laid out gardens.
Then you will have lunch and continue your sight seeing
Later on visit Shilpa Gram which showcases traditional handicrafts of eastern region (Bihar, Assam, Orissa, Manipur, Andaman and Jharkhand) Each state is depicted by a traditional house with collection of paintings, artifacts, etc.
If you are arriving on a Saturday you will have the unique privilege to experience the Khoai haat (market) displaying the traditional handicrafts of Shantiniketan and you will also enjoy the village folks performing dance shows. This market is open from 3 pm to 6pm only
In the evening check into your hotel. No visit to Santiniketan is complete without experiencing the Local Baul (rural Bengal culture) songs and dance by the local musicians. Enjoy your evening with them. Dinner and overnight at the hotel