The positioning of this eco-stay is like that of Taj Mahal, in the sense that you will not be able to see anything from a distance. But once you enter the house, your eyes will be full of joy and happiness. It has two big mud villas, each with a pond of its own. Lot of coconut trees surround the pond making you feel like, you are in Kerala. All the trees and plants have been so well curated that you can spend hours just observing their beauty. And, the creative mind behind all this, is of the owner itself. Not to forget, they also serve awesome home made Bengali food. The owners of the house will treat you like their family but also expect you to treat their house as your own. Santiniketan is the cultural and artistic hub of India. I visited many eco stays here but this is the best in every aspect.
How to reach
It is 166 kms away from Kolkata.
Nearest railway station: Bolpur Santiniketan
Nearest bus stop: Jamuni bus stop, Santiniketan
Pick up and drop can be provided on actual cost from Bolpur Santiniketan railway station to the eco stay. You can also hire a taxi directly from Kolkata to the eco stay.
Buy local produce/handicraft: Santiniketan is the hub of creativity. You can get here dress material made of Katha stitch, Batik prints, Block prints, Cotton sarees, Handmade jewellery, Black rice, Terracotta, Ceramic pottery, lot of creative Jute stuff like lamps, rugs, bags etc.
Shantiniketan is known for cycling. From richest to the poorest, all drive the same bicycle. Cycle is the main mode of transport here. So, cycle around green fields and farms with ponds located every 5 mins away. Relax and admire the nature’s creativity
- Swim in the two ponds
- Play with the Ducks
- Village tour
- Pluck fruits and enjoy (Banana, Olive, Mango)
- Perfect place for reading and writing
- Relish fresh home cooked Bengali cuisine
- Learn cooking if you want
- Visit to Rabindranath Tagore’s museum, Shantiniketan university, Buy authentic local handicraft from Amar Kutir, Alcha
- Tribal dance
- Bowl music
- Rent cycles to roam around the town
Transportation cost for different visits will be as per actuals.
|Wifi||At least 33% campus is green|
|Hot water||Major construction is non concrete|
|Parking||Use of power saving devices like LED bulbs|
|Homegrown vegetables||Own electricity generation (Solar panels, wind mills etc)|
|Facility to pluck and eat fresh fruits||No polythene zone|
|Home made milk. cheese, butter||Organic farming|
|Local cuisine||Segregate waste before disposing|
|Showcase of local art, culture, folk dance, music||Compost of food and organic waste|
|Availability of local handicraft||Rainwater harvesting|
|Employment of local people|
|Encourage employment of women|