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Prantik, Shantiniketan, Bolpur , 731204 | Show on Map
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by ArupGhosh on January 2, 2013
I go often to Shantiniketan and I have stayed at a variety of places. From the absolute basic budget variety (Rs 400/- or USD 8 per night) to the so called 2 or 3 star establishments. This was a delightful surprise find. Don't expect star category facilities. They don't pretend to be one. Instead, the colourful ambience, rustic environment and warm service will delight. Location: Tucked away at the western edge of Prantik Township, off the road that separates Prantik Township and Taltore Village. More or less at the south-east corner of the waterbody which was earlier known as Lahabandh and now forms part of the Shyor Bithi Park and Resort. A Rs 20/- rickshaw ride would get you here in 12/15 mins from Prantik Railway Station. From Bolpur-Shantiniketan Railway Station this would be a Rs 50/- and 30 min rickshaw ride. You can also hire an auto-rickshaw for about Rs 120/- and get here in 10 mins but why would you do that? Half the charm of Shantiniketan is its laid-back slow pace. The major sights of Shantiniketan like Rabindra Bhavan, Kala Bhavan, Chatim Tola, Fair Ground etc are all within 15/20 min by rickshaw. Rooms: The old building has 6 or 8 rooms. Comfortable, spacious, clean and well furnished. The upper floor rooms are bright and sunny. The ground floor should be choice of last resort. The new building on the left hand side (as you enter the premises) of the property has the nicest rooms. The ground floor rooms are good. But the two-room (two double beds, two toilets) suite on the first floor is the best accommodation of the hotel. Apart from the two spacious rooms you have a wide verandah all to yourself with the nicest views. See pictures I have uploaded. We were a group of two couples and two children and the kids had all the space they wanted to romp around. We peak rates of Rs 5000/- per day for the suite. You can bargain and get a good discount outside the peak couple of weeks of Poush Mela, Christmas-New Year and Basanta Utsav. Service: Staff is very helpful and eager to please. Gopal (he is sort of a head-waiter plus man-friday rolled into one) will solve all your problems! Then there is Saha Babu managing the front desk. Ever smiling and ever eager. Room service gets overwhelmed during peak season and could be a tad slow. Some of the staff could perhaps do with a bit of training. But then, if you are a tourist at Shantiniketan you wouldn't be in a hurry, isn't it? Food & Drinks: The food is wholesome Bengali cuisine and reasonable attempts at North Indian cuisine. Price is very reasonable. See picture of the menu I have uploaded. Miscellaneous: Generally they would agree to send a transport to pick you up from the Railway Station (either Prantik or Bolpur-Shantiniketan) and drop you off. They would also arrange rickshaw or car for local sightseeing. If you ask they will arrange for an evening of Baul Songs on extra payment. There's a cute little open air amphitheater. Cons: The only negative I can think of...the colour scheme is rather dramatic! Might hurt your senses a bit...LoL!
by ArupGhosh on January 2, 2013
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