Khoai Mela

Khoai Mela, Bolpur: Hours, Address, Khoai Mela Reviews: 4.5/5

2:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 5:45 PM
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Topoti M
Bengaluru, India7 contributions
Feb 2021
Something not to be missed in Shantiniketan. Local sellers sell their products that are quite classy in their own way, are of good quality and are very reasonable. The vibe of the flea market is very lively. Make sure to include a weekend in your trip as these markets set themselves on weekends only.
Written 7 December 2021
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Arpan P
Uttarpara Kotrung, India2,110 contributions
Feb 2021
Fair or market any term can be given but one word is appropiate for that place is life. Dance,music,colors all in one place. Handicrafats,clothes,bedsheets,khadis, junk
jewlleries and forest of sal trees, enchanted with baul song and santali dance.It is not a covered mall nor a shopping arcade, but an open air & on the ground stalls that the local artisans and craftsmen & women bring their fare for showcasing and selling. There is no starting no end - as there is a clearing near the bridges, and people just set up shop there on the ground. No tables, no mess and everyone is walking thru and bargaining.This market is the main attaction on saturday but any one can enjoy this market other days of the week with no rush.Enjoy the land of red soil.
Written 21 February 2021
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Dhiraj H
Kolkata (Calcutta), India2,252 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
This fair is held every Saturday in the afternoon till Sunset by the Khoai river( which was dry in February when we visited). Located very near the town this mela is also named “ Shanibarer haat” i.e. Saturday fair. In case you have a car there is free parking admist the clean forest. Walk along the road towards the proper fair. But before you do you will come across mostly tribal vendors selling their wares in the road and in a clearing before the fair premises. Most goods are very reasonably priced and there is a good variety of products. You will also see folk artists performing. Also interesting was to see bahurupiyas i.e. people dressed up in different appearances like a monkey etc.Do leave some money for them . You can drink lovely clean lemon tea. The place is quite clean and there is attractive arrangements for seating too. It’s a large fair and would take a while to cover. Overall a very good experience.
Written 19 February 2020
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ziaandmolly
Sydney, Australia8 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Good village hut environment. Resorts are nearby with some basic restaurants. Should you wish to dine in any one of those, make sure that the plates and glasses are dried with tissue papers before serving any food. Not far from Shanti Niketon. Ask the locals for direction.
Written 5 February 2020
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TravellerPetals
New Delhi, India247 contributions
Jan 2020
During our planning to visit Shantiniketan - we specifically made it a point to visit the Khoai Mela on Saturday. We read a few places that this mela is specially organized on Saturday's.
It is located about 1.5 km from the main University area - and a 10 min ride on the Toto can get you there across the bridge easily. It is not a covered mall nor a shopping arcade, but an open air & on the ground stalls that the local artisans and craftsmen & women bring their fare for showcasing and selling.
There is no starting no end - as there is a clearing near the bridges, and people just set up shop there on the ground. No tables, no mess and everyone is walking thru and bargaining.
We met artisans who are setting shop there since the last 20+ years and have also been invited to the University for showcasing their art & talent. Prices can be very steep - but on average are way lower than the stores in the cities. We bought sarees (linen, cotton and others), wire paintings, leather bags, batik cotton shawls as they are called - but are not stoles, and a few other trinkets.
Overall a very good experience and something unique.
Written 27 January 2020
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stantp1916
Farakka, India1,247 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
This is my personal favourite in shantiniketan. The open air market commences every Saturday evening in the forests of sonajhuri trees. The place is charming, and together with folk dance performance and the handmade art and crafts sold by the local santhal tribes add to the vibe of this place. But again, we went in the wrong time of the year, poush mela season, when I could barely find any space to park my car. There was too much crowd with some families playing loud songs in their picnic and destroying the ecosystem of the place. However, I don’t want to underrate this place as I have witnessed it’s serenity during normal days.
Written 12 January 2020
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Avik Mukherjee
New Delhi, India1,877 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
One of the best place to shop. Cheap and best all art form of birbhum, bolpur and Bengal you can get it here. Try the best food of bengal here at best rate.
Written 2 December 2019
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Lipi_B_Mahanta
Guwahati, India6 contributions
Jun 2019
Npw there are good places to stay around there too. Buy the wares, dance with the tribes, click merrily or simply gaze. All are worthwhile. The food is great too. And so well connected.
Written 6 November 2019
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Sidharth2016
Kolkata (Calcutta), India450 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
This is one of the famous place to visit, but only for saturday call Full haat and Sunday called bhaya haat. This is not only local handicraft market, You will be get touches of local tribal culture. You can enjoy fully in haat situated in Khoai forest and also called Khoai Haat. The costing of selling items were not so costly. We enjoyed too much and this haat was walking distance from our hotel Matir Bari and nearest railway station is Prantik. You should visit after 3 pm for more option.
Written 19 September 2019
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Santanu M
Kolkata (Calcutta), India113 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
This local fair is not just about buying & selling handicrafts. It's an experience that is imbibed in the soil of Shantiniketan. The presence of bauls(folk singers) takes the experience to a different level. One should have time in hand to relish the environment and not just stop for a quick scan of souvenirs.
Written 28 July 2019
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