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Shantineketan is a short 3.5 hour drive from Kolkata via NH 19 and NH 114 and there are 27 trains from the city which take you to Bolpur, the nearest station.

Of you want to experience a relaxing weekend, far from the madding crowd, we recommend a stay at Shatiniketan’s Diya Mud Villa. The Villa is located at Sonajhuri Pally on Gooalpara Road in Santiniketan and it strives to retain the alluring simplicity of the soil. This may be the ideal rest stop for anyone wanting to relax amidst nature.

Placed within the enchanting Sonajhuri forest, Diya allows visitors to amble about on the red murram pathways, undisturbed.  One may also delight in a quiet stroll through the charming tribal villages, enveloped by the Sonajhuri trees. The Visvabharati campus and Upasana Mandir are conveniently close to the Mud Villa.

Diya Mud Villa offers a variety of rooms with attached baths, equipped with modern facilities, such as air-conditioning, generator backup and trained staff. Here, there is an interlacing of the modern with the rustic.

Bauls, Bengal's songbirds entertain tourists upon request, as do the tribal dancers and other local artists representing the culture. Diya offers a range of attractive recreational activities, making one's stay more memorable. One receives a bird’s eye view of Bengal's cultural heritage in this idyllic setting.

Address: Goalpara Road, Shantiniketan, Bolepur – 731235. For reservations and bookings contact: Ph: 098314 01046.