We visited Shantiketan in late June with hopes to better familiarize ourselves with Bengali literary roots.
What we found at Mitali was a transportation back to an era bygone reminiscent of Bengali 'adda' culture. The welcoming, attentive hosts Mr.Dey and Ms.Sukanya have deep roots in the community and were a wealth of information helping us plan our stay in the area. When not exploring the university grounds and surroundings, hours were enjoyed over tea in memorable conversations with the peripatetic Mr.Dey. The time spent there has left an everlasting impression in our hearts and minds. Mitali and Shantineketan will forever hold very special importance to us.
As for the amenities the moorish style villa welcomes social interaction with its open rooms. Bookcases filled with interesting reads encourage immersion in the Bengali culture. The morning breakfasts and evening meals were had surrounded by the sounds and smells of the happily situated flora and fauna on the spacious rooftop outfitted with a covered dinning area and full kitchen. The hosts were very attentive to our desire to explore Bengali cuisine and we thoroughly enjoyed the creative fare.
On a visit to Shantinekthan, Mitali is full of character and is the only place to stay. It is a welcoming jewel upholding Tagore's vision of the phrase 'Where the world makes a home in a single nest.'
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is an exclusive property (villa) in the Shantiniketan area and guests receive highly personalised attention and service in spacious, natural surroundings. Dining is a speciality, and all meals with accommodation are also available. The emphasis is on maintaining a peaceful and unpolluted base for relaxation. As a Homestay with the owners in residence, care is exercised with the process of guest admission. ... more less