Birbhum District, West Bengal
A Santhal adivasi tribal village, Ballavpur Danga offers the pristine beauty of rural Bengal with an engrossing experience of cultural heritage. Watch tribal dances unfold in the open air, with fire, to the mesmerising beats of the madal,
while oral Adivasi myths and history remain etched in song and recitation...
The Santhal worldview is grounded in cooperation, mutual care and love, and their cultural expressions treat all life forms as sacred. Nature and culture are thus intrinsically woven into the community's life... and a rich craft tradition shapes the objects of daily use.
A different rhythm calls just a few minutes away... at Shantiniketan (3 km), where the Vishwa Bharati University, the seat of Bangla literature, music and learning was founded in 1921 by Rabindranath Tagore. Famous alumni include Satyajit Ray, Amartya Sen and Indira Gandhi.
See & Do
Absorb the scenic beauty: Sonajhuri forest, Bakreshwar hot spring, Deer park, Mayurakshi canal, Ballavpur Avayaranya with its bird sanctuary. Watch mat weaving, broom binding, ornament making of seeds, leaves, grass and mud... there's also batik, leather work and carpentry. Visit the ancient temples at Jaydeb-Kenduli and Tarapith. Shop at the weekend Amader haat
at Ballavpur Danga. Join in celebrating Chabbish Prahar,
an important festival celebrated over three days with Adivasi rituals and cultural performances. Get a taste of hariya,
the local drink made from rice grain and bakul,
a fruit seed.
- Airport: Kolkata (220km)
- Rail links: Bolpur / Prantik Stations (3-6kms), Kolkata (3hrs by express train)
- Road: 10-15 minutes drive from Bolpur / Prantik
On the Spot
- Hotels in Shantiniketan, Bolpur and Prantik
- Cottages run by the community will soon be available