department of tourism

government of west bengal

BIRBHUM

"The land of the red soil" (Lalbhumi) is also "the land of the brave". Several brave kings have dominated Birbhum since the beginning. Remnants of civilizations add profound historical importance to place. The district headquarters is Suri. Bolpur-Shantiniketan, Nanor, Joydev-Kenduli, Bakreswar and Nalhati are the principal sites of attraction here. The Visva Bharati University at Shantiniketan, established by Rabindranath Tagore, is one of the internationally renowned places. Many festivals are celebrated in this culturally rich district - Poush Mela, Basanta Utsav, Kenduli Mela etc. Trapaith and Bakreswar are other famous places of attractions.
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    POUSH MELA
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    POUSH MELA

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    Poush Mela is the most remarkable annual fair here, held towards the end of December, marking the foundation day of Shantiniketan. Holi or Vasant Utsav is a popular festival here, which is observed with colours and fervour. Other melas like Barsha Mangal and Halakarshan Utsav also attract tourists to Shantiniketan. 

    Poush Mela is one of the main festivals in the district of Birbhum. Poush Mela is celebrated with great pomp and grandeur in Birbhum and its diversity spreads World Wide. The fair takes place for a week and in that week the place takes a different shape with people from different parts of the world. This fair is the place where different cultures mingle perfectly. On one side you can get the true spirit of Bengal in the form of local music and dance on the other hand people from different part of the country come and blend perfectly.

    Poush mela is one of the main attractions in Shantiniketan drawing thousands of tourists not only from different corner of the country but from every corners of the world. This place is the meeting place of all culture and traditions. This fair is the perfect place to experience the true heritage of Bengal countryside where the people, the culture, the traditional music, dance and the handicrafts. People from different country come to explore the rich heritage and the students of Shantiniketan make the fair more glamorous and enjoyable with wonderful performances and participation. All the days are filled with various activities and the local stalls are the store houses for the shoppers where you can get the local printed fabrics and handicrafts.

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    BASANT UTSAV
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    BASANT UTSAV

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    Held in the month of March on the day of Holi, spring is welcomed through music and dances. Teachers and students greet each other with Abir in this festive occassion. Basant Utsav literally means the 'celebration of spring'. The beautiful tradition of celebrating spring festival in Bengal was first started by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, at Visva-Bharati Shantiniketan, the University founded by him. Actually, Basant Utsav is no different from Holi, except for the gracefulness with which it is celebrated. In Shantiniketan, Basant Utsav is celebrated with immense fervour and zeal.

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    TRIBAL DANCE
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    TRIBAL DANCE

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    Birbhum District was inhabited by a number of people belonging to different sects, which makes the land as the blend of both indigenous and alien culture. The diverse culture of Birbhum from the prehistoric times and its rural society was the focus for the poets of Vaishnava and Shakta Padabali. However it was the folk culture, which gets prominence in the post-independence period. The folk culture or rather the native culture of Birbhum district was specially augmented by the contribution of the bauls, their philosophy and their music. The Baulism culture emerged as a religiously liberal philosophy and lifestyle which conforms to the ideals of Sahajyan movement, a refined form of Vajrayan movement, also supplemented by the influence of Vaishnavism and Sufism. The bauls who earn their living by singing & collecting alms, accommodate people from all castes & creed. "Baul" is the true replica of the mixed culture of the land and the truly modern bauls upheld a broader yet liberal perspective of life and culture. Tagore was immensely influenced by the bauls and some of his works are endowed with the Baul philosophy. Birbhum is the hub of Bengal's folk culture. In addition to being a confluence of Vaishnav, Shakta and Shaiva culture, Birbhum villages also observes the worship of "Gramadevata" or God of the village popularly known as the "Dharma Thakur", symbolized by a stone Tribals like bagdi, dome, hari, bauri worship "Dharma Thakur". The folks of Birbhum are the clear representation of the spirit of rural Bengal.

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    BAUL
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    BAUL

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    Bauls are a group of mystic minstrels from Bengal. The term Baul refers to both a syncretic religious sect and a musical tradition used as a vehicle to express Baul thought. Bauls are a very heterogeneous group, with many different streams to the sect, but their membership mainly consists of Vaishnavite Hindus and Sufi Muslims. Visitors can be often identified by their distinctive clothes and musical instruments, such as the ektara. Though Bauls comprise only a small fraction of the Bengali population, their influence on the culture of Bengal is considerable. In 2005, the Baul tradition was included in the list of "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO.

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    SHANTINIKETAN
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    SHANTINIKETAN

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    Shantiniketan is a tourist attraction mainly because Rabindranath lived here and penned many of his literary classics (namely Rabindrasangeet, poems, novels etc.) here at his home where is a place of historical importance. The Shantiniketan campus is adorned by splendid sculptures, frescoes, murals, and paintings of Rabindranath, Nandalal Bose, Ramkinkar, Binodbehari Mukhopadhyay and others. Birbhum District, where Shantiniketan is located, is also famous for its fairs and festivals like Poush Mela (December), Joydev Mela (January), Basanta Utsav (Holi) in March and the famous mystic Baul Singers. Rabindra Janmotsav is celebrated in mid-April to mark the Bengali New Year and as well Tagore's Anniversary. Briksharopan, the festival of planting saplings, and Halakarshan, the festival of plowing the fields, are celebrated on 22nd and 23rd day of Sravana (August). Varshamangal, the festival of rains, is celebrated during August/September. Poush Mela is an annual fair and festival that takes place in Shantiniketan. Commencing on the 7th day of the month of Poush (Dec-Jan), the fair officially lasts for three days, although vendors may stay up until the month-end. Poush Mela is characterised by its live performances of Bengali folk music, specially traditional bauls, wandering minstrels singing Bengali songs. Tribal dances (i.e. santali) are also the part of the fair.

    How to Reach:

    By Air: The nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose international airport, which is located at Kolkata.

    By Train: The nearest railhead is Bolpur. Frequently Trains are available from both Howrah and Sealdah (Kolkata) to Bolpur.

    By Road: An excellent road connects Shantiniketan with Kolkata. Other major cities are well connected by road with the place.

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    VISHWA BHARATI
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    VISHWA BHARATI

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    It was made famous by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, whose vision became what is now a University town - Visva-Bharati University. The place now attracts thousands of visitors each year. In 1901, Tagore started a school at Shantiniketan named Bramhachari Ashram that was modeled on the lines of the ancient Gurukul system which later came to be known as the Patha Bhavan, the school of his ideals, whose central premise was that learning in a natural environment would be more enjoyable and fruitful. Tagore envisioned a center of learning which would have the best of both the east and the west. After he received the Nobel Prize (1913), it enhanced not only the pride of India but also the prestige of Shantiniketan. The school was expanded into a University. It was named Visva-Bharati.

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    TARAPITH
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    TARAPITH

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    Tarapith, 80 km from Bolpur, is situated near the Dwaraka River in Birbhum, West Bengal. Close by to the Temple is the Bamdev Shangha Ashram. Enshrined at the Temple is a Murti of the Maa Tara, who according to local legend suckled the thirsty Shiva, and saved him from suffering. The Murti is covered in a golden mask during the day, and during the night they remove this covering. She is described as holding two snakes in her hands, with Lord Shiva on her lap suckling.

    How to Reach:

    By Air: The nearest airport Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose airport is at Kolkata. One can avail taxi or bus services from airport to reach Tarapith.

    By Train: The nearest railway station is Rampurhat. Taxi services from railway station to Tarapith are available. Rampurhat is well linked with Howrah and Sealdah.

    By Road: The state owned and private buses connect Tarapith with Esplanade / Dharamtala bus stand of Kolkata and with the neighboring cities of the state.

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    KANKALITALA
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    KANKALITALA

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    Kankalitala is a temple town in the Bolpur subdivision of Birbhum. One of the fifty-one Shakti Peethas of the country is the Kankalitala Temple which is located about 8 kilometres northeast of Shantiniketan town in Bolpur sub-division of Birbhum District. Kankalitala Temple is located in Kankalitala town on the banks of River Kopai on the Bolpur-Labpur Road. According to Hindu Mythology, When Shiva carried the body of Sati Devi, one part of the body fell here.

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    LABPUR
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    LABPUR

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    It is one of the 51 Pithas or sacred places where Sati's body parts fell. It is famous for temple of Goddess Fullora and the lake named Daldali. A village in Bolpur Subdivision, Labpur is situated on Suri-Kirnahar Pucca road about 10 kms to the east of Ahmedpur Railway Station. All facilities can be available either at Bolpur Suri. It is covered by road from Ahmedpur Railway Station at a distance of around 12 km by road. Frequent bus services are operative from Suri, Sainthia and Bolpur, also connected by Ahmedpur- Katwa line in the Eastern railway at Labpur Station.

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    Jaidev Kenduli
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    Jaidev Kenduli

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    Jaydev Kenduli is a village on the banks of Ajay River in Bolpur. The place is associated with poet Jayadev (popularly believed to have been the court poet of Raja Lakshman Sen, who ruled in the 12th–13th century), composer of Gitagovinda in Sanskrit and is believed by many to be his birthplace.

    The Jaydev Kenduli Baul Mela is an annual fair organized on the occasion of Makar Sankranti that mostly falls on 14th January every year (on 15th January in leap year). The Mela continues for 3 days (It starts on the last day of the Bengali calendar month Poush and continues up to 2nd Magh).

    How to Reach:
    At few Kms. west of Ilambazar and about 35 Kms south of Suri. It is situated on the north bank of river Ajoy.

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    BAKRESHWAR TEMPLE
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    BAKRESHWAR TEMPLE

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    Bakreswar is famous for its Bakreswar temple which is dedicated to Lord Bakranath (Shiva) and Goddess Kali. The temple is believed to be erected at the spot where the forehead and brows of Goddess Sati fell. The main temple of Bakreswar is surrounded by many small shrines which are dedicated to Lord Shiva.

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    NALHATESHWARI TEMPLE
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    NALHATESHWARI TEMPLE

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    Nalhateshwari Temple located in Nalhati is a temple attraction near Tarapith. The town Nalhati is named after Nalhateshwari temple, one of the Shakti Peethas in India. This temple is believed to be erected at a spot where the throat of Goddess Sati (Shakthi) had fallen. The temple is dedicated to the Kali form of Goddess Devi. Apart from the idol of Goddess Shakthi, the temple houses many small shrines dedicated to other Gods and Goddesses including Lord Shiva. Pilgrims throng this temple during the Mahanavami days during October.

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    NANOOR
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    NANOOR

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    Nanoor, 18 km from Bolpur, is a small town/large village in Birbhum, West Bengal. It is the birthplace of the 14th century lyric poet Chandidas of Vaishnava Padavali fame.

    Nanoor Block in Birbhum District of West Bengal State, India. It belongs to Burdwan Division . It is located 47 KM towards East from District head quarters Suri, Birbhum. It is a Block head quarter.

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    MAMA VAGNE PAHAR
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    MAMA VAGNE PAHAR

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    Mama Bhagne Paharh is a rock formation near Dubrajpur town of district Birbhum. It is a pair of almost spherical natural boulders of granite rock, one balancing on the top of other. The balancing of the rocks are so surprising that it is a famous landmark in West Bengal, where it is known as Mama Bhagne (the uncle and the nephew). The site has a number of boulders splintered across the place. It is the extreme eastern part of the Chota Nagpur plateau where the granite is gray and composed of glassy quartz pink, gray feldspar and black mica at the base of the rocks is a temple of Shiva entitled Pahareswar.

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By Air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is the nearest Airport.

By Train: It is well connected with Kolkata and Howrah by train.

By Road: Suri is the Administrative headquarters of Birbhum and it is well connected with the major cities in West Bengal as well as India by road.
wbtourism Accommodation
  • Bakreswar Youth Hostel

    Haridaspur, Dubrajpur, Birbhum, Pin-731123.

    Nearest Railway Station : Dubrajpur
    Contact No.: 03462255756

  • WBTDC Shantiniketan Tourist Lodge

    Bolpur, District: Birbhum, Pin: 731204
    Contact No.: (03463) 252398
    Mobile - 9732100920
    Email: santiniketantl@gmail.com

Department of Tourism
Government of West Bengal

New Secretariat Building
1, K. S. Roy Road, 3rd Floor,
Kolkata - 700001,
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724/4725/4565
E-Mail : wbtourismpublicity1@gmail.com