Khoai Mela
Flea & Street Markets
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2:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 5:45 PM
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Tapan B
Colchester, UK84 contributions
Jan 2023
We didn’t know Haat only opens on Saturday only. In a way we were lucky, we went on a Saturday without knowing.
Parking was very difficult , hundreds of cars ,Three wheelers ( Auto Totos) and dust everywhere. Make sure your shoe is not expensive or will be covered by dust.
Have to cross a bridge on Khowai River, the river very dry now . Came 17 years before then saw the river had more water ,grass land on river banks. But not now.
Haat very colourful , slender tall trees, colourful handicrafts spread on mats by locals. Happy Local Santhal men and women ready to dance in tune of their drumbeats.
Colourful cotton shoulder bags ,colourful cotton shirts ,sarees , ,trousers are for selling . Prices affordable.Many buying them. We bought small colourful bags for our mobile phones.and medium size bags for I Pads.
Time taken by car about three or more to Santiniketan , we started at 8 AM ,had breakfast four pieces of luchi Daal at Saktigarh ,at the Langcha place ,price Rs 20 only .we took our lunch with us.
We did not stop for night at Santiniketan, returned in late afternoon , stopped at Saktigarh ,many similar shops ,we stopped at Langcha Station. Bought our sweets price starting from Rs5 to Rs20, ,next door selling dilicious vegetable chop ,Rs12 a piece. And Rs 10 for tea. After tea we returned , Road was dangerous to drive only Calcutta drivers can drive at such road. ,not hundreds but thousands of Trucks and cars, two wheelers, cycles all fighting for a space. Reached just after 9-30 at night.
Written 23 January 2023
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Nitin Tulsian
Noida, India119 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
A lot of vendor selling traditional and local handicraft souvenirs at very reasonable prices. Good quality products are available without the need to bargain much. No vendors would push you to buy things from them so one can visit them without any hesitation.

Free parking is available on the road and also easily accessible via e-rickshaws.
Written 30 December 2022
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Topoti Mukherjee
Bengaluru, India8 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, India2,158 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), India2,278 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, India249 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, India1,891 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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