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Shantiniketan can be visited at any time of the year. The climate is moderately warm. During the month of July and August heavy rainfall is seen.

Temperature (in deg Centigrade) :

During Summer - Maximum Temperature remains around 420 and Minimum 34.30;
During Winter - Maximum Temperature 15.70, Minimum 12.10.
Rainfall - 125 cms (June to September). Heavy in July/August.

Climates of Bolpur-Santiniketan

The weather in Bolpur-Santiniketan is usually a pleasant one although one will come across the normal weather changes during summer, winter and Monsoon. Nonetheless Spring has its own charm in Santiniketan not only because of its natural beauty blooming to its fullest amidst the succulent greenery but also due to the famous Basanta Utsav held to mark the festival of Holi with the beginning of Spring.


Air :
DumDum Airport (Kolkata) is the nearest airport from Bolpur-Santiniketan apporoxmately 213 Kilometers by road.

How to reach Bolpur Santiniketan by Road :
Good motorable roads connect Santiniketan with Kolkata 213 kms (The distance of Bolpur from Panagarh 44, from Burdwan 48 and from Calcutta 119), Durgapur 56 kms, Sarnath 197 kms.

Local Transport :
Tourist cars and buses are available from bus stand or Railway station. Best local Transport is Cycle Rickshaw - Fare according to distance from Rs: 10 - 50 or fix it by hours usually Rs.25-30 per hour.

How to reach Santiniketan by Rail: The nearest railway station is Bolpur, 2 km away from the main town. The list and the time of the trains which are connecting the Bolpur-Santiniketan throughout the rest of part of the country are given below :

Please check the train time table

Cultures & Festivals

Festivals at Santiniketan

Basanta Utsav

It is a colorful festivals for all Indians and known as Holi. It occurs at the end of winter when spring comes with its beauty. Falgun and Chaitra according to the Bengali calendar is the season of Dol utsav.

Bolpur subdivision is located at south border of Birbhum district. About 150 years ago Bolpur was a small villege under supur porgana. But now it has become an international city. Kalikapur a known place of Bolpur was the origin of the villege in past.

Santiniketan has the distinct identity of culture and heritage, which gives the place a unique soft touch. Santineketan was previously called Bhubandanga (named after Bhuban Dakat, a local dacoit). Tagore family came to be owned this place.

Visva Bharati has two main parts. Srineketan and Santineketan both are consistently called Visva Bharati. The towns and the university are situated not too far away from the river Kopai which flows to the south.