Abanpolly Homestay – Shantiniketan

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ShantiNiketan

Shanti Niketan is a peaceful village town located at just 155 km from Kolkata in West Bengal. It is known world over for Visva Bharati University and  its contribution to education, arts and literature.

There is a lot to do in and around Shantiniketan. Rabidranath Tagore’s residence, the Uttarayan Complex, made up of five houses built during different phases of his life, is one of the most popular destinations in town. Upasanagriha, a prayer house made with Belgium glass; Chhatimtala, where the Rabindranath Tagor’s father Maharshi Devendranath Tagore used to meditate; and Amrakunja, open air classrooms under large trees are some interesting places within the campus. The arts department, Kala Bhavan is also a must visit. The local craftsmen and women of the area set up the Saturday market by the river in Sonajhuri Forest. It is a great place to shop directly from artisans at throwaway prices, enjoy authentic Santhali food, and experience Baul music.

Shantiniketan is well connected by rail and road from Kolkata. Bolpur Railway station is the nearest station just 3 kms from Shantiniketan.

The Homestay

Located in the serene surroundings near Santiniketan University Campus, this homestay is tastefully done by an artist himself. All the major points of  attractions are just at walking distance from the homestay. There are 2 spacious rooms on the first floor for the guests; both with attached washrooms. One is a Double Occupancy Room bed and the other is a triple bedded Family Suite. A small library is also there with a good collection of books. Just chill in the quaint verandah overlooking the lush front yard or relax on the rooftop with a cup of tea soaking in the peace and quiet of the surroundings.
Number of Rooms – 2; Total Capacity – 5

Know your Host

Sujata Saha manages the homestay along with her husband Santan Saha. She has done her Masters in Literature and Santan is a Painter. Sujata is much more than just a welcoming host. She is an expert on the region, resourceful, well connected and is happy to guide the guests around. 

Food

The kitchen offers complimentary breakfast that includes options like luchi aloo dum, aalu paratha, poha, sandwiches, toast and egg to order, seasonal fruits and sweets. Kitchen is available for guests should they want to cook. Regular Indian meals that are high on local flavours and regional ingredients are available on-order. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian options are available. 

Facilities

 Parking  •  Running Hot Water  •  Toiletries  •  Smoking Allowed  • Library Taxi service 

Activities

Bird Watching • Reading • Star Gazing • Village Walk • Forest Walk • Shopping Cycling

Tariff

Entire House (2 rooms for 5 person): 5900/-
Extra Person: 1000/-
Includes: Breakfast

Child Policy
Upto 5 year: Complimentary (no extra bed)
6-12 year: 500/- (extra bed provided)

What you pay for a homestay, brings a direct socio-economic benefit to locals. Be proud by not asking for a discount.

Local Attractions

The Uttarayan Complex • The Visva Bharati University Campus  Sonajhuri Khoai Hut • Kopai River • Terracotta Temple • China Bhawan • Chhatimtala • Kala Bhawan • Bichitra, Sangeet Bhawan • Sriniketan • Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary (3 Km)

Excursions

Kankalitala (6 km)  • Birbhum (30 km) • Mayapur (57 km)   • Tarapith – The Tantric Temple Town (66 km) • Nabadweep (102 Km) • Kamarpukur – A Handicraft Haven (112 Km)

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