I recently stayed at Mitali Homestays after reading an older review in the New York Times and I was really impressed. I learned about R. Tagore when during my previous travels to India and when I lived in Bangladesh for a couple of years. Since then, I've been a big fan and always wanted to travel to Shantiniketan. So, I made sure I made it out to Shantiniketan for a quick weekend trip. The owner, Mr. Krishno Dey, was extremely helpful from the first day I emailed him about staying. He provided his availability and rates, guidance on what trains to take, getting a taxi, and what there is to see in town. He also asked about special requests such as diets, etc. I arrived in Shantiniketan on a Saturday afternoon and was provided with a single room when I first arrived and with a good Bengali dish. If you like Bengali food, then Mitali is the place to eat. Mr. Krishno's wife is a great cook and loves to feed her guests. The homestay is a beautiful home with a relaxing atmosphere and is designed to provide a fresh breeze during the day. I quickly became acquainted with Mr. and Mrs. Dey and joined them on a short trip to the local fair/market where there were many arts and crafts vendors. The rest of the night was spent relaxing at the Mitali homestay and then watching an old Bengali film with Mr. Dey. I spent the rest of my weekend riding a bike around town and the Visvas Bharati University. I found some bookshops and local boutiques where I bought some beautiful Bengali art pieces. More importantly, I enjoyed the simplicity. Bengali villages can offer you a very simple and beautiful experience. And, that's what Shantiniketan is all about. If you're tired of visiting the big tourist sites in India and just want to get away from the big cities, then I highly recommend Mitali Homestay in Shantiniketan. You'll get a small taste of the simplicity that Tagore advocated for and have great hosts in the owners of Mitali Homestay. If you just want to be alone, then this is the place to be or if you want to have some good conversations, then this is also the place to be. I'll be going back for sure.
- 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