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 in a soul-searching trip, or are seeking peace and relaxation, this is the perfect place to be.
Accommodation: Maximum 10 people can accommodate in the property
Place Code: BE1781
Check In: 12:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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.
Stargazing and astrophotography:
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.
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: Contains manuscripts of Tagore’s original works and paintings, a copy of his Nobel medallions, certificates and photographs. A crowd-puller destination.
Amar Kutir: This place showcases locally made handicraft items, good place for shopping.
Upasanaghar and Chatimtala: Places for mediation, deeply rooted into history and heritage of Shantiniketan and BiswaBharati University.
KhoaiMela/ShanibarerHaat: A unique market which takes place on 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.
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 and it takes around 3 hours 40 minutes to reach by NH19 and NH114 respectively.
Best Time to Visit:
Each season brings their own unique flavor to the table here. As during summer, the cool evening breeze, the approaching “Kalbaishakhi” accompanied by drops of rain and the soft scent of the Sal flowers and mangoes entices the travelers. During the monsoons, the sight of the dark clouds approaching over the green fields with the earthy musk smell is a joy to behold. 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 3500 + 5% GSTper day per double bedded rooms (Including Breakfast)
Cost:INR 2500 + 5% GSTper day per single bedded 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 200 per E-Rickshaw
Sightseeing: INR 800 per car
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- //plus.google.com/111091851618811913039 Anirban Mandal
This is just an awesome place to stay.I had a wonderful experience out there. The hospitality and warmth of Mrs Chatterjee was awsome. The food served there was very tasty, a neat and clean place that you would love to visit again and again. The scenery around the farm house was extra ordinary, I felt the real village experience after long time
Very clean rooms and toilets also they have open garden full of different flowers, fresh vegetables and various trees; where I have spent many hours.The entire campus is eco-friendly and extremely clean and pollution free. I will definitely be there again.
- //plus.google.com/117086419395758638100 Romit Mitra
We had visited this place during the last week of December. The serenity is a relief from the hustle bustle of central bolpur.
The cook and staff were very good and co-operative. authentic Bengali food was served which was not only delicious but the cook took an extra effort to cater the personal taste of every visitor.
Beautiful and well maintained lawns greeted us with a equally splendid interior.
A special thanks to Mrs. Chatterjee for all the personal efforts she took to make our stay comfortable.
An overall wonderful experience.
A must try weekend get away for rejuvenating the mind and soul along with sumptuous food.
- //plus.google.com/108833108398070745846 Partha Bandyopadhyay
If you are looking for complete peace, tranquility in nature and re-discover yourself, this is for you.
Me and my wife celebrated our 4th marriage anniversary here. Homely peaceful environment, excellent food, overwhelming arrangements and most important, away from all urban noise – in nature ….lots of it.
Excellent place to streach yourself for few days.