March 5, 2019

Santiniketan Basanta Utsav- Holiday Destination.

Santiniketan - Basanta Utsab

Fast Fact
Location: Santiniketan, West Bengal, India
Best Time to Visit: Basanta Utsav Santiniketan(March), Throughout the year
Nearest Station: Bolpur Santiniketan.
Attraction: Basanta Utsav Santiniketan, Poush Mela, Khoai Mela, Amar Kutir, Chattimtala, Deer Park, Kankalitala Temple

Santiniketan means Rabindranath Tagore, Santiniketan means “Ore Greho Basi Khon Dar Khol Laglo Je Dol” Santiniketan means “ Fagun Legeche Bone Bone”. Santiniketan means Culture & Heritage. Santiniketan means full of tranquillity.
Shantiniketan or Santiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in Birbhum district, West Bengal, India, approximately 165 km from Kolkata. It was founded by Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, & later expanded by his son Rabindranath Tagore whose vision became what is now a university town, Visva-Bharati University.

History Of Santiniketan:
Santiniketan was before called Bhubandanga (after Bhuban Mohan Sinha, the Zamindar of Raipur in WB), & was wound by the Sinha family. In 1862, Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, while on a visit to Raipur, indicate interest in land near Birbhum. There was only one building there namely 'Santiniketan'. Which is still there nearby the Upasana Mandir known as 'Odisha Bhawan'. Maharshi liked the place & registered it in the name of Maharshi Devendranath against Rupee One as a token value. He called his home Santiniketan. Santiniketan turned into a spiritual centre where people from all religions were invited to join for meditation & prayers. He founded an ashram here in 1863 & became the initiator of the Brahmo Samaj. Here Rabindranath Tagore began Patha Bhavana, the school of his thoughts, whose focal reason was that learning in a regular habitat would be increasingly charming and productive. After he got a Nobel Prize in 1913, the school was ventured into a college, known as Vishva Bharti University, in 1921. In the year 1924 based on the same ideology & with the intention of educating & training the people belonging to deprived part of the society, he founded Siksha Satra with only 7 students. The journey Started by Kabiguru to kickstart the education system transformation gradually turned into a reality when the institution was recognised as the first university to be recognised in the year 1951 by the central government.
Basanta Utsab In Santiniketan:
Basanta Utsav generally means the ‘celebration of spring’. Falgun & Chaitra according to the Bengali calendar is the season of Dol Utsav/ Holi. During this season nature shows its own beauty with colourful flowers of Palash, Shimul, Chatim etc. The beautiful tradition of celebrating spring festival in Bengal was first started by Rabindranath Tagore at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, W.B. Festivals add colours to life. And, if it’s Dol/Holi, the fiesta of colours, one may well imagine how it smudges every soul with happiness. The famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore introduced Basant Utsav or Spring festival in Santiniketan, Bolpur, Birbhum to recreate the magic of Dol/Holi.

History of the Basanta Utsav:
Rabindranath Tagore established the Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan. The serene &  tranquil town is nestled in the Birbhum district, West Bengal. Being no exception to the ethereal charm of Dol/Holi, he decided to add a new dimension to the festivities. Thus, he came up with a plan to celebrate the festival in this way. Also known as ‘Dol Jatra’ or the ‘Dol Utsav’, the fiesta enjoys the repute as the “Rabindrik Basanta Utsav”. Today "Basanta Utsav" at Santiniketan isn't just a Visva-Bharati University's program or a neighbourhood program, rather a fabulous celebration.
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Santiniketan Basanta Utsav- Holiday Destination.

How Basanta Utsab Celebrate:
The programme starts from the morning with several Bengali “Rabindra Sangeet” & ends with spreading  ‘Abir’ (coloured powders) and express festive wishes. After the university programme end, there are several programmes start on the university campus. Programmes are not sorted out by the Viswa Bharati University. Some of the programmes arranged by the university departmental dividing in the multiple groups to celebrate with Rabindra Sangeet & Dance. They started Basanta Utsav under a tree “Amra Kunja”, in front of the hostels, Sangeet Bhavan, Kala Bhavana, University playground you can say everywhere on the campus. The visitors are enjoyed joining any of the group & they can also sing dance & enjoy without any hesitation. Some of the groups, who are not associated with the university they also arranged chorus songs, dance to enjoy the festival mood. If you are shy to sing or dance.. I can say that you will forget everything & definitely participate in the rhythms or program. Some of the people are dancing with the ‘Baul’ songs. Some of the ‘Bauls’ are also singing & play their songs. If you still thought that want to visit Santiniketan than please do not think more. Come once, every year your step will be automatically repeated.
Santiniketan Basanta Utsav Dates 2019:
The Vasant Utsav is celebrated at the time of Dol/Holi. The date of Dol/Holi varies each year but it generally falls in the month of March. This year, the celebrations will start on 20th March 2019 & run till 21st March 2019. Do visit Bolpur Santiniketan to be a part of this energetic & enthusiastic Basanta Utsab Santiniketan.

Santiniketan Place to Visit:
Amar Kutir: Displays a number of handicrafts locally made.
Tagore's Aashram: An ashram built by Rabindranath Tagore's father.
Chattimtala: Meditation spot of Rabindranath Tagore's Father.
Deer Park: Home to a naturally bred large number of the family of deer.
Khoai Mela: Weekly fair/ Mela where artisans from nearby places set up stalls.

How To Reach Santiniketan:
Santiniketan By Air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU) is the nearest airport to Santiniketan which lies at a distance of 165 km. Durgapur Andal Airport to Santiniketan distance 70 km.
By Train: You can deboard at the Bolpur Station which is 2.8 km away From Santiniketan.
Howrah to Bolpur Train:
Train No
Train Name
2:15 PM

By Road: Santiniketan is easily accessible by roads from cities like Kolkata and Durgapur.

Hotels In Santiniketan:

Hotel Royal Bengal
Address: Bhubandanga, Dak Bunglow West, Bolpur, Birbhum, Bolpur, West Bengal 731204
Phone: 090079 82002

Park Guest House
Address: Deer Park, Santiniketan, Laal Bandh, Bolpur, West Bengal 731204
Phone: 093783 21552

 Shanti Neer Lodge
Address: Gurupally road, Bolpur, West Bengal 731235
Phone: 097329 57986

Hotel Basundhara
Address: Jambuni Sericulture Road, Bolpur, West Bengal 731204
Phone: 094341 32549

Prokriti Bon Bungalow
Address: Goalpara Road, Syambati, Bolpur, Near Kheya Garden Home, Santiniketan, West Bengal 731204
Phone: 09434249688

Mark and Meadows
Address: Bolpur - Sriniketan Road, Santiniketan, West Bengal 731236
Phone: 094340 07777

Deer Park Eco Home
Address: Bolpur, West Bengal 731204
Phone: 089261 84699

Vasundhara Inn
Address: Behind Prantik Railway, Staff Quarter Amar kutir Rd, P.O.Santiniketan, Prantik,
West Bengal 731235
Phone: 033 25760138

Rangamati Garden Resort
Address: Prantik, Near prantick station, Santiniketan, West Bengal 731235
Phone: 094755 01564

Santiniketan Residency
Address: Shyambati, Bolpur-Prantik Rd, Bolpur, West Bengal 731204