A relaxing home-stay destination at Choupahari near Shantiniketan
Bolpur and Shantiniketan are famous all over the world because of its association with the Bard of Bengal, Tagore, and the Biswa Bharati University. The town and its surrounding places are often heavily crowded owing to the huge number of tourist influx. If you want to visit the place but want to avoid the din and bustle, the property is the perfect match for you. This “boutique HOME-STAY resort” is half-way between Bolpur and Illambazar. The place is enriched with incredible natural beauty, with a canopy of mango, teak, jack fruit, mahogany and neem trees. Each air-conditioned room is designed with artistic décor. They are equipped with private bathroom with geyser and a balcony with a natural view and services such as intercom, satellite TV, free WiFi, mini fridge and a kitchenette. There is a lush forest of Sonajhuri trees backyard and Santhal villages nearby. The taste of the simple, authentic Bengali dishes is highly delectable. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals are served on terracotta plates, bowls and banana leaves. This is a perfect place get away from the city for the weekend and relax in tranquillity.
Accommodation : There are Six ‘over-sized’ rooms each having a private bathroom with geyser, a balcony and a kitchenette. Four of the six are Deluxe Queens and the rest two are Deluxe Kings. About, 20 Adults can be accommodated easily.
Check In: 12:30 Noon
Check Out: 11:30 AM
Courtyard and Local Hikes :The tourists can relax in the open courtyard or in the gazebo. They can read books in the small library. If you are traveling with friends, you will love “Gunjon”, a multi-activity adda-zone. You can also walk to the nearby rivers, the forest, mud huts in the village through the green fields. This is a great opportunity to get familiar with the rural folk.
Stargazing and Astrophotography : The place is away from Bolpur town and free from the light pollution. If the sky is clear, this is a perfect place for stargazing in the late hours of the night.
Bird-Watching : The surrounding Sonajhuri forest and the nearby water bodies are nice spots for birdwatching. During the early hours and before sunset, birds like Bar-headed goose, Purple swamp hen, various kingfishers and Robins, Grebes and Barbets can be seen here.
Baul and Folk Song :At the request of guests, the property can invite the local Baul maestros to perform in the evening. The Baul style of music influenced the words and music of Rabindranath Tagore a lot. The guests can also join the performance using the instruments like Tanpura and scale changing harmonium.
Illam Bazar Forest :It is a small forest of Shal and Teak trees near the property. Visit the place early morning to witness the mesmerizing natural beauty.
Rabindra Bhavana Museum :This place contains manuscripts of Tagore’s original works and paintings, a copy of his Nobel medallions, certificates and photographs. This place is a testimony to his life-works and draws a huge crowd.
Tagore’s Ashrama : It is a well-preserved heritage site and the abode of the Kaviguru Rabindranath.Here classes are still held under the open sky in AmraKunja.
Upasanaghar and Chatimtala : These are the traditional places for mediation. The places are deeply rooted in the history and heritage of Shantiniketan and BiswaBharati University.
KhoaiMela/Shanibarer Haat : It is a unique village “haat” or weekly rural market, which takes place every Saturday in Khoai. Handicraft items are sold here along with Baul performances.
Poushmela : It is the biggest winter attraction and festival in Shantiniketan in late December. Tourists from all over the country come and visit the place this time.
Amar Kutir : This place showcases locally made handicraft items. It is a good place for buying souvenirs.
Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary : A deer park and bird sanctuary 5 km away from the property.
Tarapith : One of the most famous and popular temple/shakti pith in this region, which is situated 80 km away from the property.
How to Reach
Rail : The nearest rail-station is Bolpur-Shantiniketan. From there it is nearly 11 km which takes around 20 minutes to reach by car
Air : The nearest airport is Dumdum, or Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. From there the distance is 164 km and it takes 3 hours and 30 minutes to reach by car from there.
Road : From Kolkata, the property is approximately 165 km away. It takes around 3 hours 45 minutes to reach by NH19 and NH114 respectively.
Best Time To Visit
Each season have their unique signature in this place. Winter and monsoon seasons are the best time to visit because the temperature stays low and nature is in the full glory. Summer heat is unbearable in the noon, but in the late afternoon, Kaalbaishakhi and the clouds are a sight to behold.
Cost: INR 5500 + 5% GST per day per Queen Deluxe Room Including Breakfast
Cost: INR 6000 + 5% GST per day per King Deluxe Room Including Breakfast
Extra Cot: INR 1500 per head
Complimentary for a child under five years.
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