Shantiniketan - Tagore's own land, the darling of his heart.

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Biswakobi Rabindranath Thakur (most of the world know him as Tegore)

We the Bengalis love to recall him through his enormous writing in every sphere of our life. He is with us in every occasion, every joy and sorrow too. We learned to know the letters with him -

"Choto khoka bole 'a' 'aa'*,
Sekheni se katha kaoa"


('a' 'aa'- utters the little dear,
He can't even speak clear)

[*'a' and 'aa' are first two letters in Bengali alphabet.
Perdon friends, I dared to translate for you who do not know Bengali. I may be obliged. ]

Then we learned to know the nature, know the seasons with it's multicolored beauty and bliss, we learned to know people living in the lap of nature- in villages far and near, we came to know the feelings of a little boy while dreaming , we came to know the happiness of being loved and cared, we learned to love rivers, paddy fields, bees, birds, blue sky, serenity ......

"Over the green and yellow rice fields sweep the shadows of the autumn clouds,
followed by the swift-chasing sun.
The bees forget to sip their honey;
drunken with the light they foolishly hum and hover;
and the ducks in the sandy riverbank clamour in joy for mere nothing. "


(http://www.gitabitan.net/)



We remember his creations when we fall in love, when we need to say good-bye to beloved one, when we welcome Maa Durga, when we forget ourselves in moonlit night, when we want to recapture our childhood, when we enjoy motherhood/fatherhood, when we fear to loss our faith on mankind, when we need to go ahead ......

"My song has put off her adornments.
She has no pride of dress and decoration.
Ornaments would mar our union; they would come
between thee and me; their jingling would drown thy whispers.
My poet's vanity dies in shame before thy sight.
O master poet, I have sat down at thy feet.
Only let me make my life simple and straight,
like a flute of reed for thee to fill with music"





Visit to Shantinikatan is like paying tribute to this great man.

Shantiniketan - abode of peace . Biswakobi Rabindranath bestowed this identity to an unknown village near Bolpur in Birbhum district.

Though Shantiniketan asram was established by his father Maharshi Debendranath in 1863, later on in 1921 Rabindranath utilised this place to establish his dream educational institution. He dreamed of the thoughtful ancient Indian culture and education and wished to offer it's pupils not only best education but mental refinement too. According to him, in Shantiniketan there were blends of east with west.

Many great men including famous scholars, artists, singers of that period and afterward, imprinted their footsteps there, for it's sheer development or to visit and offer blessing ..... even sometimes as students, they glorified it's history.



According to Rabindranath -

Amader Shantiniketan, Se je sabar hote apon,
Tar akash bhara kole, moder dole hriday dole...

(She is our own, the darling of our hearts, Santiniketan
Our dreams are rocked in her arms
Her face is a fresh wonder of love every time we see her,
For she is our own, the darling of our hearts)


Prayer song in Shantiniketan.



I have traveled many places in India- in West Bengal, outside West Bengal, but this is my first time in Shantiniketan - just 250km from my home.

"Bahu din dhore, bahu krosh durey
Bahu byay kori, bahu desh ghurey
Dekhite giyachi porbotmala,
Dekhite giyachi Sindhu.
Dekha hoy nai chokkhu melia
Ghar hote shudhu dui pa felia
Ekti dhaner shisher upore ekti shishir bindu"


[I traveled miles, for many a year.
I spent a lot in lands afar,
I've gone to see the mountains, the oceans I've been to view.
But I haven't seen with these eyes
Just two steps from my home lies
On a sheaf of paddy grain, a glistening drop of dew]


C: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learninge...the-nose.shtml


So I'm going to Shantinikatan tomorrow - Better late than never
aamar payer tolai sorshe...(I have wheels under my feet)
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Didibhai, wish you a happy journey.

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@ DURONTO JAJABAR

HAPPY JOURNEY.....

i THINK YOU HAVE BOOKED MANASI LODGE... HOW BIG IS YOUR GROUP THIS TIME 20 OR 30 MEMBERS ?

WAITING FOR ANOTHER INTERESTING TR...

ALL THE BEST..
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Aamar matha noto kor e dao he tomer charan dhulir tor e
let me bow my head before you...
Enjoy your trip duronto jajabar
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Bon Voyage DJ, and looking forward to your trip report afterwards.
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Originally Posted by dcyouth View Post Didibhai, wish you a happy journey.
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Thank you Debashish.

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HAPPY JOURNEY.....
i THINK YOU HAVE BOOKED MANASI LODGE... HOW BIG IS YOUR GROUP THIS TIME 20 OR 30 MEMBERS ?
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Thanks to you santanu. This time we are 31 and six of us are coming from NJP, completing their Gangtok trip

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let me bow my head before you...
Enjoy your trip duronto jajabar
Yes, jyotidada, we'll love to bow before him - I say Rabindranath.

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Thank you so much TD.

You know I love to share my joy of travel with you all here.
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The title of this thread is more than wonderful

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Originally Posted by Duronto Jajabar View Post ...............So I'm going to Shantinikatan tomorrow - Better late than never
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The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
------ Rabindranath Tagore
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Totaly confused how to explore the beautiful earth when one life is too short to complete my great India


Photo-Story: HARI-SILA or HARSIL Deoriatal-Chopta,
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Back from a wonderful trip in Biswakobi's own land ......

We covered two Sati-pith - Fullora and Kankalitala (elderly members visited Tarapith too) and birth palce of eminent Bengali writer Tarasankar Bandopadhyaya who wrote on village Bengal, depicting it's people and their relationship with his unique touching style.



Hope can post pictures soon.
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I look forward to seeing the trip report and photos too DJ
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So nice of you Julia and PKanti, I am trying my best to post my experiences here soon,
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Route to Shantiniketan

From Kolkata there are both road and rail route to Bolpur-Shantiniketan.

By Rail (some important trains only) -

A. From Howrah -

1. Ganadevta Express/13017 [D-06.05; A-08:44] Daily.
2. Howrah-Siuri Intercity Express/13053 [D-08:35; A-12:00] Daily
3. Shantiniketan Express/12337 [D- 10:10; A-12:25] Daily
4. Howrah-Rampur Hat SF Express/12347 [D- 12:00; A- 14:18] Daily
5. Viswabharati Fast Passenger/53047 [D- 16:40; A- 20:03] Daily
6. Kaviguru Express/13027 [D- 22:40; A- 01:30]

B. From Sealdah
1. Maa Tara Express/13187 [D- 07:25; A- 10:33] Excepting Sunday.
2. Sealdah-RampurHat Intercity Express/13115 [D- 13:00; A- 15:29] Sun, Tues, Thursdays only.

C. From Kolkata
1. Tebhaga Express/13161 [D- 12:55; A- 15:19] Daily

Besides those, all North Bengal bound trains including Darjeeling Mail, Kanchanjanga Exp., Kolkat-Haldibari SF, HWH-Malda Town Intercity and some others also have stoppage at Bolpur-Shantiniketan Station.


By Road

Shortest Route through Dunlop, Bally Bridge via NH 2 following Shaktigarh, Palsit then following GT Road via Guskara, Bedia – reach Bolpur; 160km.




We are always in a flexible group- normally number of heads increases as the day counts to start shorten. But this time one senior member (the most enthusiast, most willing one to visit Tarapith) compelled to cancel due a family mishap and one more family dropped their plan. So finally it was 26 heads.



We had an early start at 6 am and did that ‘compulsory-langcha-break’ at Shaktigarh at [breakfast with Kachuri-Cholar Daal, Langcha and tea] at 8 am. Then it was a smooth long journey without break and we reached before the time we expected – at 10.15 am.



The road after Shaktigarh was familiar with green paddy field both side and the busy suburb townships sometimes with dusty, noisy, crowds.



As Kali Puja was ensuing, we found gigantic sized Red Garlands to decorate Kali Idol on road-side shops.

Regarding Manasi Lodge, it can be said that 500 INR per day per room is just enough for it. Rooms are clean but small and the services were poor too.

The concrete yard with too many ups and downs (all our kids fall there at least once ) and a swing was all there. A very small water tank with four large hybrid Magur fishes were also entertaining for them.
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Koai Mela - the Saturday fair in Shantinikatan

We reached Shantiniketan on Saturday - the day for Koai Mela at Sonajhuri. So our first target after lunch was the mela.


We followed the main road and traveled past Viswabharati Gates and crossed the cannel and took left- the unpaved path going parallel to that canal took us to Prakiti Bhaban, then a small local market, then the weekly Koai Mela and then a very little market...... errr, I can say open air shop with three/four sellers - there was a resort just beside the last one.



We reached early there and the mela was just getting ready to attract us, so we moved further and reached the road towards Sriniketan and met a shooting team. There were some well known faces of Bengali TV serials and so a halt for half an hour was obligatory . Kids and 'serial'-fed women of our group got some delightful moments, took photographs with the actors and after that, at least 15 minutes, they spend within the spell of those evening-killing world of serials....



We spend enough tile in all that little market/ hat and obviously did the shopping in a controlled way- it was the first day, after all.

However, I can say those market and Sonajhuri Mela are different than any other common one. Mostly hand made artifacts, made and being sold by the locals and I think tourists are the target purchasers. .


There were beautiful 'katha' stiched sari, dress materials, shawl, scarfs etc.. Household articles made of grass, bamboo, wood. Show pieces - painted so colorfully, it was almost impossible to just see and go away without purchasing. An art work of copper wire- cut into pieces, designed and stitched by ends on white cloth, then framed .... were awesome. Goods of paper pulps, coconut shells, rope and strings- ornaments of terracotta, bids, seeds of various fruits, dokra, coconut shell, wires- earthen pots and home decors, paintings on glass, bamboo pieces, mat etc. etc. were enough to glue you hours after hours.


Some local women sold home made foods of different variety including some traditional preparations like 'perakhi', 'pati-sapta', 'ananda-nadu (sweet in the name of joy)' etc. Mela hoppers gladly enjoyed a foody-break in between shopping.


And 'Bauls' without whom any fair/mela, hat/ matket in Shantinikatan are incomplete. Here and there group or solo boul singers joyously entertained tourists with delightful villages tune and melody. Some visitors joined them spontaneously and the ambiance was just mind-blowing.



This market and Sonajhuri Mela are must see thing in Shantiniketan, I think.
Last edited by Duronto Jajabar; Nov 16th, 2012 at 10:32.. Reason: Added the name sonajhuri
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Photos of Saturday Hat

1 and 2- Way to Hat,

3. The shooting spot,

4. The resort there,

5. Hand work.

6. to 10 - All for sale.

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wonderful going DD glued with you
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