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Earlier known as Bhubandanga after the name of Bhuban Dacoit, this place was named Shantiniketan after the house built here by Maharishi Debendranath Tagore, the father of Rabindranath Tagore. This is from where also started the Brahmo Samaj. This town in the Bolpur District of Birbhum is mainly known for Rabindranath Tagore's visionary Vishwa Bharati University which is over here. The Patha Bhavan school started by Tagore is also an attraction here. Children out here are taught in the open classrooms which are inside the forest of the crimson flowers. This is how children learn to be more friendly with nature. There is also a memorial dedicated to Tagore out here. All these have made Shantiniketan a popular tourist attraction as a neighbour of Kolkata.
A Bengali, even if not so leaned towards literary work or find itself boring, would yet love the place to the full extent. Those who think Bolpur is only a place to know Nobel laureate Tagore, is partially incorrect. Its a place to understand West Bengal (India) tribal culture, a rural beauty with a composition of the Red soil (রাঙামাটি), with the fascinating bonus of Tagore's. Saturday Market (শনিবারের হাট) at Sonajhuri, bolpur is so alluring that you cant afford to miss. A numerous of inexpensive items made by locals (including tribals) are exhibited for sell. While you window-shop or you purchase, the tribal dance and tribal music spellbind you. The group of mystic minstrels called Baul (বাউল) would catch your attention. Definitely would free you from all your stresses watching their happy faces. Here some clicks: