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Poush Mela

The high point of Shantiniketan's festive calendar, Poush Mela fair brings together artists, musicians, artisans and poets from nearby villages and far-flung continents. You can spend time with the bauls (the...

Multicuisine in Shantiniketan

Rustic Flavours

Mitali Homestay's garden restaurant gives everyone the chance to enjoy the wonderful home-style cooking of hostess Sukanya Ray. Her Bengali meals are a delicious journey through a gamut of flavours and textures,...

Museum in Shantiniketan

Uttarayan Complex

Ranged around tree-lined avenues, gravelled courtyards and exotic gardens, the Uttarayan Complex, in the heart of the Visva-Bharati campus, includes five architecturally very varied houses, from art deco to rural...

Music in Shantiniketan

Joydev Mela

Held at Joydev Kenduli village, 30km west of Shantiniketan, the Joydev Mela fair is the biggest gathering of the bauls, Bengal's mystical and mysterious wandering minstrels. Bauls earn their living by singing...

Bengali in Shantiniketan

Ghare Baire

Specialising in traditional Bengali fare, Ghare Baire turns out delectable platters for lunch and dinner. There are a few generic snacks and Chinese preparations on offer too. It's in the southeast corner of the...

Handicrafts in Shantiniketan

Shonibarer Haat

This open-air market sees local artisans and others selling, among other things, highly colourful textiles, bright tribal jewellery and attractive dhokra (lost-wax casting) metalwork, in the bucolic setting of...

Handicrafts in Shantiniketan


Tanzil stocks a very good range of diverse, mainly tribal, crafts and art from all over India. It's on the main road towards the northern end of town, about 800m past the main turning into the university campus.

Handicrafts in Shantiniketan


This shop has a particularly high-quality and attractive range of pottery and textiles.

Cultural in Shantiniketan

Magh Mela

At the three-day Magh Mela held in Sriniketan (contiguous to Shantiniketan), crafts and rural arts take centre stage. On the second evening, a spectacular fireworks show attracts a huge audience.

Clothing in Shantiniketan

Design Asia

Design Asia boutique at Mitali Homestay features a range of beautiful silk and cotton clothes and textiles, mostly locally woven and all designed by owner Sukanya Ray.