Santiniketan, formerly known as Bhubandanga is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum District of West Bengal. The distance between the two cities is about 370 km. there are several ways of reaching Santiniketan from Ranchi. One may take a cab all the way from Ranchi to Santiniketan. It takes about 7 hours and is mostly preferred. Another way which is also quite a popular method of travel is to take a train till Durgapura followed by a cab till the destination. Takes almost the same time but is relatively cheaper. The fastest route, taking about 5.5 hours is to fly from Ranchi to Kolkata followed by a cab to Santiniketan. Though the fastest, this route is not preferred much. Shantiniketan is adorned by splendid sculptures, murals and paintings of Rabindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, and others. Shantiniketan is also famous for its fairs and festivals like Poush Mela (December), Joydev Mela (January), Basanta Utsav (March) and the famous Mystic Baul Singers. A few must see places in this town are the Tagore's ashrama, Chhatimtala, Brahma Mandir, Rabindra Bhaban Museum and Khoai Mela,
Distance between Ranchi and Santiniketan is and the average travel time is using a cab.
Ranchi is the capital city of Jharkhand and is known for plenty of waterfalls around the city. It is located in the southern most part of Chota Nagpur plateau. Subernarekha river and its tributaries also flow across the city and is a source of water. Ranchi is surrounded by dense tropical forest which moderate its climate.
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Sculptures, murals, frescoes and paintings coupled with the serenity of natural beauty make Santiniketan a crowd puller. Art aficionados will lose their hearts to the celebration of creativity that Santiniketan conjures up. Works of Rabindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Ramkinkar Baij, Binod Bihari Mukhopadhaya and other artists adorn the campus of the Visva Bharti University. The Prayer Hall, also called the Kanch Mandir is paneled with multi-coloured Belgian glass. In the Rabindra Bhaban Museum are the original manuscripts, letters, document, paintings, photographs and medals, including the Nobel Prize. Santiniketan is also famous for fairs and festivals. The Poush Mela in December and Basanta Utsav in March are well known. Other places to visit include Kopai river, Amar Kutir and Prakriti Bhawan which is India only Natural Art Museum. Earlier the only way of getting around was through cycle rickshaws, but now with the coming of cab services like Savaari Car Rentals, one can go around in hired taxis and cabs.