We thought of taking my in laws to Shantiniketan on their anniversary this year and what better time to travel than early winters and just before the Poush Mela when it becomes too populated.
The next step was to find a place to stay and as we embarked on the search, we realised that it will be a really tough job. We did not want to stay in a typical hotel and thus Mitali Homestay with it's favourable reviews was our choice.
The booking has to be done over Email ad they actually screen the guests by asking you to fill a form, which I thought was a good idea. We sent in the advance for the booking and got a confirmation mail.
On the 12th of December, we set out on our journey in our car which I drove. They send you the directions by mail from the Kolkata airport, but we took the @nd Howrah bridge route and then via Santragachi and then Kona expressway.
Must say that the roads and especially the NH2 is in fabulous condition and driving is a treat. We did good time and after you cross Sinclair hotel on your right close to Burdwan, you need to watch out for a small board directing you towards Burdwan. There is a cut on the left, which you will take to gontowards Burdwan and as you cross the gate that welcomes you, you need to take a left and cross the 108 Shiv temples on the right. Then it is a straight road, via Guskara-Bhedia-cross the underbridge and then reach the AMar Kutir signboard, from there take a left on the mud road and you shall reach Mitali.
Ask around and people will guide you. The place is very close to the Sonajhuri haat and the University area too.
As we reached Mitali, we were welcome by the caretaker and there is ample parking. We had booked two double bed rooms inside the main building, which were big with large windows and clean and modern washrooms with geysers. Traditional furniture dots the entire house and adds to the charm. What strikes you is the amazing collection of books which is accessible. For a foodie like me the biggest attraction was the amazing food that was served. They ask you what you would like to eat and the cooking is superb. Fresh ingredients and the love associated and the ambiance in which one can have food there, either on the veranda in front or the roof top arrangement makes it even more special. We had the entire house to ourselves and my toddler had great fun running around the place and also in the garden. Wifey laid her hands on some kantha items at the in house boutique.
Overall we had a terrific experience there and would surely love to come back. Thanks Mr. Dey for facilitating our stay there.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Mitali Homestays Santiniketan, West Bengal