A Resort in Sonajhuri haat of Shantiniketan, the red soil, golden sonajhuri flower, small Kopai river, dokra jewelry, cotton sari and baul song will mesmerize you.
Shantiniketan, or as the name literally translates into, an abode of peace, is an urban ashram. It is one of the most sought-after destinations to tourists who are both Indian and international. If you love, adore and revere the Indian culture or want to learn about it, this is the perfect place for you to be.
The red soil roads to flowers in bloom, vast fields to centres of culture, the place will draw you in and stay in your heart forever. The whole place is inspired by the vision of Rabindranath Tagore, the noble-winning bard of Bengal. He set up a school here, that evolved into the modern-day Viswa-Bharati University.
Sonajhuri Haat Resort is one of the most perfect stay options you can find in Shantiniketan. It is completely in tune with the theme of the place, in the lap of nature. Kopai river the ‘choto nodi’ as stated by Rabindranath is just beside the place. The sonajhuri tree drizzles its yellow flower over the entire area. All these along with The Baul song and ‘ektara’ will take your heart away.The place offers you classic rural charm, coupled with modern comfort and amenities.
In this family-friendly resort with 30 rooms, you can relax and find inner peace of mind. Rest in the spacious rooms, and enjoy the delicious cuisine from the in-house restaurant, served by the friendly staff. The property is at a central location, as all the major destinations like Viswa-Bharati, Amar Kutir, Chatim Tala, and Tagore Museum are within walking distance.
However, the main USP of the place is its proximity to Khoai and the Sonajhuri Haat- you can see the latter from your room even. Local people set up shop in here sell their handmade objects in here, the Baul singers perform their heart-touching melody. Come to this eco-friendly resort where your day will start with the beats of Madal and end under the star-studded sky.
Total room 30. With maximum accommodation nearly 70
25 double bedded room
5 four bedded room
Pets are not allowed inside this property. Biswabharati is almost 1 km from the resort.
Check-in: 11:30 A.M
Check out: 11:00 A.M
Shopping and local hikes: It is just outside the Sonajhuri Haat. You cannot but shop here, with the great collection of handicrafts and showpieces. The cotton sarees, ‘Dokra’ jewelry, the musical instrument ‘Ektara’ , will surely snatch your attention. The various types of bags, toys, terracotta work will entice you to buy some as small gifts. Do take a walk or a bicycle to explore the surrounding village and jungles etc. Get to know the culture and the ambiance, you will love it.
Angling: In the nearby water-bodies, you can spend hours with a fishing line in hand. It teaches concentration, and you can enjoy the spoils of the hunt too.
Stargazing and astrophotography: As the place is outside town, it is free from light pollution. Bring your camera with a good wide-angle lens to capture the stars.
Baul and folk song: You can listen to the Baul and folk songs in the Sonajhuri Haat. Also, the property can organize for a special performing session with local artists if you ask them in advance.
Viswa-Bharati Campus: The university campus is a heritage site by itself. There are a number of important sightseeing points in and around it. The place is only 1 km from the property. You can walk or take a rickshaw to here. Here, you can still see the classes going on under the open sky in Amra Kunja. The goal is to get in close touch with nature. Do check out the Tagore Museum. It contains manuscripts of Tagore’s original works and paintings, a copy of his Nobel medallions etc. Also, visit Upasanaghar and Chatimtala, which are places for meditation.
Amar Kutir: This place is a hub for locally made handicraft items. It is a good place for shopping for gift items.
Khoai Mela/Shanibarer Haat: At a walking distance from the property, it is a unique market. The Haat takes place every Saturday in Khoai. Here, various handicraft items are sold at a bargain price. Browse through the items and you will end up buying to your heart’s content.
Kankalitala: 10 km away from the property, it is one of the major Hindu temples. It is a Shaktipith too.
Bakreswar: This is a 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 with mineral-rich water.
How to Reach
Rail: The nearest rail-station is Bolpur-Shantiniketan. From there it is nearly 5.3 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 4 hours to reach by car from there.
Road: From Kolkata, the property is approximately 167 km away and it takes around 4 hours 10 minutes to reach by NH19 and NH114 respectively.
Best Time to Visit
Summer is a bit of an off-season here, with the extreme heat. The afternoon storm offers some touch of comfort. Monsoon is green and beautiful, especially with the cloud cover across open field enchants you. In winter, it is the time of famous Poush Mela and it brings a huge crowd. Spring brings Dol-yatra and Basanta Utsab. With the festival of color, the place prepared to welcome the New Year.
Room rates are INR 2250 + 5% GST only for double bedded room occupancy and
INR 4000 + 5% GST only for four-bedded room occupancy.
For driver accommodation, you have to pay INR 500 extra.
Extra-person charges INR 500.
Complimentary for a child under eight years.
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