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Sight seeing (places to visit)
One has to walk through the area. Guides are generally available outside Uttarayan Complex/Rabindra Bhaban, otherwise one has to follow the crowd. The first building in the area was a guest house built in 1863 by Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, father of Rabindranath Tagore. It was named Santiniketan and thereafter the entire place acquired that name. Hermitage created with a Trust Deed in 1888 by Maharshi Devendranath Tagore. The area has several buildings associated with the Tagores - Santiniketan building, Nutan Bari, Dehali etc. School classes and major functions are held in the Amra Kunja (mango grove). Some of the Visva Bharati institutions are also located here. Tourists are not allowed to stray into areas where outdoor classes are held as they disturb studies. Some distance away on the eastern side is a small hillock with a large banyan tree. It was a favourite of Maharshi Devendranath Tagore. It is closed on Wednesdays.
Prayer place (under the "Chhatim" tree) of Maharshi Devendranath Tagore.
Brahma Mandir
Upasana Griha, constructed in 1891.
Uttarayan complex
Closed on Wednesdays. The complex has several buildings associated with Tagore's memory - Udayan, Konark, Shyamali (mud hut), Punascha and Udichi. The complex has well-laid out gardens. Combined entry fee for Uttarayan complex and Rabindra Bhaban Museum is Rs 10. Cameras and hand bags not allowed.
Rabindra Bhaban Museum
Open on working days from 10:30-16:30. Open on Sundays. Closed on Wednesadys. The house is called Bichitra. Constructed in Tagore's birth centenary year 1961. There are original manuscripts, letters, documents, medals (including replica of Nobel Prize medallion), plaques, certificates, paintings, photographs etc. During Poush Mela the place is over-crowded and queues for entry are long.
Khoai Mela (Haat)
The mela starts from around 15:00 and goes on till about 17:30-18:00 only on Saturdays and is worth visiting.
Kopai River
Known as Amader chhoto nodi in many of Tagore's poems, particularly those for children.
Shilpa Gram
Shilpa Gram is close to the Ballavpur deer sanctuary. It is designed very nicely and showcases tranditional handicrafts of eastern region (including Bihar, Assam, Orissa, Manipur, Andaman, Jharkhand etc). Each state is represented by a traditional house which has collection of paintings, articrafts etc. The place is maintained neatly and has good collection of cultural elements.
Prakriti Bhavan
Located in the Ballavpur area of Santiniketan, Birbhum, West Bengal. It is India's one and only Nature Art museum with an impressive indoor display of natural sculptures in driftwood, dry wood and a sprawling open air garden of natural rock sculptures. Set in the most picturesque part of Santiniketan it is an aesthetic manifestation of the legacy of Tagore's Santiniketan in linking man with nature through Art, music and poetry.
Deer Park
Located near Sriniketan, 3 kms from Santiniketan. Ballabhpur Wildlife Sanctuary (popular as Deer Park) was established in 1977. Originally, the area was a fast eroding `Khowai'. It is now a large wooded area with herds of deer and makes a natural bird sanctuary. It is known to all people of the Bolpur subdivition of Birbhum district due to its all about lush green fields and red soil. The natural greenery forest and its ever green beuty attracts peoples. Timings to visit the place is open from 10 am to 4 pm. It is closed on Wednesdays.
Kankkalitala Temple
It is located about 10 kilometres from Bolpur on the Bolpur–Labhpur road. It is situated on the bank of the Kopai River It is a gram panchayat under Bolpur-Sriniketan block.
Festivals Approximate time of the year
Bansanta Utsav March
Naba Barsha April
Barshamangal . Halakarshan . Briksharopan August
Saradotsav . Ananda Mela September/October
Nandan Mela . Poush Mela December