Daranda Farm House: Refreshing Weekend Destination Near Shantiniketan Close to Nature
Tucked in the tranquil hamlet of Daranda, Shantiniketan, this farmhouse is a perfect place for those who seek the calm and quiet in the lap of nature. In this pristine utopia, one can just sit, relax and watch the magic of the six seasons in all their grandeur. The bungalow has two open courtyards from where you can enjoy the blue sky, the warm sunlight, and the night sky. The farmhouse provides delicious home-made and home-grown meals. The owners request you to minimize non-biodegradable waste, noisy parties, consumption of alcoholic drinks, and smoking inside the house. For those who are on a soul-searching trip, or are seeking peace and relaxation, this is the perfect place to be.
Overall with its great location, proximity to nature and hospitality that is getting raving reviews, Daranda will certainly become unforgettable once you visit the place.
Accommodation: Maximum 10 people can accommodate in the property.
Place Code: BE1781
Check In: 12:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Daranda Outdoor Activities:
Courtyard and local hikes: The tourists can relax in the open courtyard or take a hike by foot/in a cycle in the neighborhood to the nearby rivers, the forest, the laterite formation or the mud huts and the sprawling green fields, to get in touch with the environment and the rural folk.
Bird-watching: The surrounding Choupahari forest and the nearby Ajoy River is the perfect place for birdwatching during the early hours and before sunset. Bar-headed goose, Purple swamp hen, various kingfishers, and Robins, Grebes and Barbets can be seen around the water bodies here.
Angling: The tourists can sit in the ponds and streams inside and outside the property with a cup of tea in hand, and relax while angling and they can enjoy the spoils of their hunt as the cook would be more than happy prepare it.
Baul and folk song: The tourists who are interested in indulging themselves with the magical Baul songs, with a prior request the property can organize the famous local performers to come over and perform.
Daranda Nearby Attractions:
Tagore’s Ashrama: A well-preserved heritage site, the abode of the Kaviguru Rabindranath, this place is must visit for the tourists, where classes are still held under the open sky in AmraKunja.
Rabindra Bhavana Museum: This place contains manuscripts of Tagore’s original works and paintings. Moreover, a copy of his Nobel medallions, certificates and photographs is also kept there. A crowd-puller destination.
Amar Kutir: This place showcases locally made handicraft items, a good place for shopping.
Upasanaghar and Chatimtala: Places for mediation, deeply rooted in history and heritage of Shantiniketan and BiswaBharati University.
KhoaiMela/ShanibarerHaat: A unique market which takes place every Saturday in Khoai, where handicraft items are sold along with a chance to see live Baul performances.
Kankalitala: 10 km away from the property, one of the major Hindu temple, a Shaktipith, and beautiful gathering of Bauls near this temple takes place.
Poushmela: The biggest winter attraction and festival in Shantiniketan in late December, which brings tourists from all over the country.
Bakreswar: Famous pilgrimage dedicated to Lord Shiva, on the bank of river Bakreswar, 45 km away from Bolpur. This place has a number of hot springs where temperature goes up to200 degree Fahrenheit.
Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary: A deer park and bird sanctuary 5 km away from the property.
Tarapith: Most famous and popular temple/shakti pith in this region, 80 km away from the property.
So, overall its a ideal place for a 2 nights kind of weekend visit.
How to Reach:
Rail: The nearest rail-station is Bolpur-Shantiniketan. From there it is nearly 12 km which takes around 30 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 to reach by car from there.
Road: From Kolkata, the property is approximately 165 km away. It takes around 3 hours 40 minutes to reach by NH19 and NH114 respectively.
Daranda Best Time to Visit:
Each season brings their own unique flavor to the table here.
During summer, the cool evening breeze, the approaching “Kalbaishakhi” accompanied by drops of rains will soothe you. The soft scent of the Sal flowers and mangoes entices the travelers in summers.
During the monsoons, the sight of the dark clouds approaching over the green fields with the earthy musk smell is a joy to behold. Moreover, it is greener during monsoons.
The chilly winter here is characterized by mists over fields and the rivers, dewdrops over the blades of grasses, and fresh gur (Jaggery) from the palm trees.
Cost: INR 4000 + 5% GST per day per double bedded AC room (Including Breakfast)
Cost: INR 3000 + 5% GST per day per single bedded AC room (Including Breakfast)
Extra Cot: INR 1000 per head
Driver’s Accommodation: INR 500 per head
Kids from 10 years will be charged as an adult
Car Cost for Pick Up and Drop:
Bolpur to Daranda Farm House: INR 500 per car and INR 250 per E-Rickshaw
Sightseeing: INR 800 per car
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