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“Not to be missed” 5 of 5 stars
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Mitali Homestays
Phuldanga | off the Taltore Road, Santiniketan 731235, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 13 Santiniketan B&B and Inns
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

It is difficult to find a highlight in India as there are so many, but this is absolutely one of the highlights of any and all of my travels anywhere in the world.
In addition to being beautiful and charming, and having food not to be rivaled for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, one has the benefit of the host and hostess and all of their charm.
The host, Krishnu, is filled with knowledge and history of the area and conversation is as good as it gets. The hostess, Sukunya is the Martha Stewart of India.
Though Shantiniketan is somewhat off the beaten path, it is absolutely worth a visit for its history and culture. And for just laying low and relaxing, this is the place from the first tea in the morning to the last one in the evening.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

What can be better than a weekend away from the stressful city to the calm, rustic, artistic university-town of Shantiniketan…? What can be more invigorating than consuming clean air and farm fresh produce…? Actually, it is a chance to stay at Mitali—by far the best homestay accommodation in the Shantiniketan/Bolpur area. With growth in modern tourism, hotels and motels are now commonplace in the area. Usually, these are cheap-looking outfits, with some semblance of amenities and services, but really lacking in character and refinements. But Mitali is exceptional (the owners are a respected local family of, now mostly non-resident, scholars and professionals). It is a charming old villa, with elegant white columns, high roofs—and palpable class, memories and warmth. All facilities have been tastefully retrofitted with modern amenities for sustainable, comfortable living. There is an annex to the villa for those in need of even more privacy. Despite the carefully manicured lawns, the property has a carefree feel, with the immense luxury of space—that many of the other upstart hotels and motels are deprived of. Mitali is approached through a gated entrance, surrounded by several acres of its own lush grounds and farmland, from where seasonal organic produce is transformed in the family-style kitchen to whatever sumptuous dish your mood fancies. A walk through adjacent hamlets yields glimpses of Bengal village life. The owners graciously encourage stimulating conversations over lazy breakfasts in the rooftop gazebo of the main villa, or heady cocktails in the evenings in the open plan living area. A mere few hours away from Kolkata, for a few days, you would be forgiven for thinking you are transported to a rural Italian ‘albergo diffuso’.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

My wife, her family, and I stayed here in July of 2011. We had such an amazing time, I'm afraid this review just won't do it justice. The rooms were very spacious and well kept, the food was phenomenal, and the property was excellently decorated and maintained. From the moment we arrived Sukanya took care of our every need whether it be tea, a bottle of wine, snacks, etc. I would highly recommend inviting Sukanya and Krishno to join you for dinner, we had a such a great time with them that we ended up eating breakfast and spending a good part of the morning together before we left.

My only complaint is that we only stayed one night. The rooms are filled with hundreds of books of all varieties, if I had the time I would love to spend a week or two just reading and enjoying the property. If you are looking for a great place to stay when visiting Shantiniketan, or just looking for a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of Kolkata, look no further, it doesn't get any better than this place.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

An excellent location, far from the humdrum and chaos of city life. The moment you get down at Prantik station, the clean air, the blue skies and the general quiet greets you. Opting for a Rickshaw ride, I arrived at Mitali in Phuldanga, close to a Santhal Village. The hosts were ready to greet me and helped me settle down with a welcome drink. One could not but help wonder at the sheer effort put behind the place by my hosts. They took me on a tour of the property and I was exposed to the organic farming being done from where I would later savour the home grown produce. The green House, Mushroom shed, Green lawns and flower bushes were all so refreshing. The room was very clean, spacious and the bathroom was quite modern. My personal kitchenette looked very tempting for me try my hand at cooking but I put the idea to rest once I had a truly wonderful luncheon with my guests at the beautiful terrace. The food was awesome and I still remember the crackling crispy Puin Saag and the prawns. Continental, Oriental, Bengali...there were quite a few options. Then it was lazing time for a siesta although I had planned to browse the amply filled in bookcase with interesting reads. Evening was Star gazing time although I had managed to catch a few good songs from the great vinyl collection they have. The outhouse boutique was a surprise find with interesting pret collections and locally made pickles and farm grown preserves. The unobtrusive service, the great chats with the hosts who have a treasure of stories from near and far and the absence of the "Hotel feel" made me realise Shantiniketan in its true form. Can't remember when I was more rejuvenated in such a short time. Looking forward to going back again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Phuldanga | off the Taltore Road, Santiniketan 731235, India
Location: India > West Bengal > Santiniketan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Santiniketan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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 

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