Tagore’s ashrama, Closed on Wednesdays. One has to walk through the area. The first building in the area was a guest house built in 1863 by Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, father of Rabindranath Tagore. It was named Santiniketan and thereafter the entire place acquired that name. Hermitage created with a Trust Deed in 1888 by Maharshi Devendranath Tagore. The area has several buildings associated with the Tagores – Santiniketan building, Nutan Bari, Dehali etc. School classes and major functions are held in the Amra Kunja(mango grove). Some of the Visva Bharati institutions are also located here. Tourists are not allowed to stray into areas where outdoor classes are held as they disturb studies. Some distance away on the eastern side is a small hillock with a large banyan tree. It was a favourite of Maharshi Devendranath Tagore.
Chhatimtala, Prayer place (under the “Chhatim” tree) of Maharshi Devendranath Tagore.
Brahma Mandir, Upasana Griha, constructed in 1891.
Sculptures and Frescos, Look out for sculptures and frescoes of Nandalal Bose, Ramkinkar Baij and Binode Bihari Mukherjee, particularly around Kala Bhavana. Kalo Bari beside Sangeet Bhavana is interesting.
Uttarayan complex, Closed on Wednesdays. The complex has several buildings associated with Tagore’s memory – Udayan, Konark, Shyamali (mud hut), Punascha and Udichi. The complex has well-laid out gardens. Combined entry fee for Uttarayan complex and Rabindra Bhaban Museum is Rs 5. Cameras and hand bags not allowed.
Rabindra Bhaban Museum, Open on working days from 10:30-16:30. Open on Sundays. Closed on Wednesadys. The house is called Bichitra. Constructed in Tagore’s birth centenary year 1961. There are original manuscripts, letters, documents, medals (including Nobel Prize medallion), plaques, certificates, paintings, photographs etc. During Poush Mela the place is over-crowded and queues for entry are long.
Khoai Mela, The mela starts from around 15:00 and goes on till about 17:30-18:00 only on Saturdays and is worth visiting.
Amar Kutir, Many handicrafts like cloth, leather, batiks, hand-loomed fabrics and similar available.
Kopai river , Known as Amader chhoto nodi in many of Tagore’s poems, particularly those for children.
Shilpa Gram. Shilpa Gram is close to the Ballavpur deer sanctuary. It is designed very nicely and showcases tranditional handicrafts of eastern region (including Bihar, Assam, Orissa, Manipur, Andaman, Jharkhand etc). Each state is represented by a traditional house which has collection of paintings, art crafts etc. The place is maintained neatly and has good collection of cultural elements.
Prakriti Bhavan, Located in the Ballavpur area of Santiniketan, it is India’s one and only Nature Art museum with an impressive indoor display of natural sculptures in driftwood, dry wood and a sprawling open air garden of natural rock sculptures. Set in the most picturesque part of Santiniketan it is an aesthetic manifestation of the legacy of Tagore’s Santiniketan in linking man with nature through Art, music and poetry.