About This Listing
The cottage has one double and two single beds. There is a small kitchen area with gas stove to make tea and coffee, a western-style bathroom with hot/cold water shower and a veranda with beautiful views across a stream which runs into the local river called Kopai. We can provide information on walks and cycle rides through local tribal villages situated around us.. We can also arrange car and cycle hires. We are located near the Viswabharati University(4kms) which was founded by the famous poet-laurate of India, Rabindranath Tagore. We also provide very good breakfast and supper cooked at home, for an extra cost. Guests are free to mingle with our family and enjoy the garden in a very peaceful atmosphere, no sound pollution and surrounded by nature. Our three children, who are home schooled, are excelent area guides and would love to show you around. Our family guest house located in the rural West Bengal, India is surrounded by lush paddy fields and smiling tribal children is ideal for pondering, or just relaxing and it's proximity to the University makes it easy to access city amenities. We are a good family host. The major attraction around us is ofcourse the tribal villages and a very nice Santali(tribal) museum. There is also the University whose Department of Arts, the Tibetan, Japanese and Chinese Centres are very famous. There's an unique local and indigeneous local craft production and selling place called Amar Kutir which is about 6kms from us. Restaurants are about 3kms from our place. Shops are about 2kms away. The nearby public transit, 8kms away, is the Bolpur train station of the Indian Railways, which connects Calcutta and other major Indian cities quite conveniently.
Our place is easily connected to Calcutta and the University, where various events and cultural activities take place on a regular basis. Our family is culturally and racially mixed, so we understand the Indian and European/American traditions well. Our children are tri-lingual with English as their first and Bengali as their second languages and they speak and understand Santali-the local tribal language- fluently. My wife and I are bi-lingual and English and Bengali are our languages.
No loud music after 10pm. Please be friendly with our cats and dogs. And if ordering food from our family kitchen for breakfast and supper, adhere to the food menu. We have quite a large garden and a vegetable garden where guests are welcome to walk through and pick fruits or vegetables and eat them! We home-school our three children and guests can join us in teaching or pass on any expertise that they might have. We also run a resource center called Suchana for very marginalised Adivasi(tribal) kids. It's open 7days a week for 11months. It's located about 200meters from our hosue and guests are very welcome to visit the Center and mingle with the teachers and the kids.
To speak about the host, these 500 words are just not enough. However, in one word I can say, it was AWESOME!!! It astonished me when I found how the true spirit of rural Bengal has been so nicely preserved by Rahul and kristy. They are the best host I have ever come across and I would love to go back again and again. Often it happens that what you see is not what you get but in this trip I got everything that he has mentioned about Uttor Phalguni. The ambience, the amenities and above all the yummy baked fish in coconut milk. Anyone who wants to spend sometime in serenity and feel the touch of nature should definitely visit this amazing place.
We loved the place of Rahul And his family!! He is a great cook. The food comes from his own organic garden and taste....YUMMIE. We had Nice conversations about India and all the projects he is doing with his English wife Kristy. Rahuls's place is THE place To exerience the country live!!
Simply put, Rahul, Kirsty, their children and friends and the staff that run this place embody the spirit of everything described by the words 'good people'.
And it's their personae - welcoming and unpretentious - that rubs off on the place they give out to guests.
Do not go to this place for being pampered silly. Do not go to this place if you are used to ordering people around.
Go there if you want a vacation for your mind as much for your body. And yes, also for the soups Rahul makes and the bread he bakes!
We had thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Rahul and his family. He is an excellent connoisseur of food and we would come back again for his signature dish of "baked fish". The salads are garden fresh, the breads are home made and every food item is delicious. The unique experience of cycling through the tribal villages is something we would cherish our lifetime. We could spend a little time over the school for tribal children and got impressed by the selfless devotion of some good human beings.
Another wonderful stay at Uttor Phalguni! Rahul arranged hired bicycles for us to ride around on, which was a great bonus. November's weather made it a perfect time to visit Shantiniketan.
Our stay at Rahul's family guesthouse was just what we needed. The house and area were peaceful and clean, the food was delicious and the family a joy to spend time with. They gave us some great ideas of things to do in the area. If you do not require to stay in the immediate town of Shantiniketan and want to spend some time in the village, I would encourage you to look into this option before any others. If you do stay here and travel by train, plan to arrive at the Prantik Station.
Rahul Da and his family are an excellent host, although they were busy due to the annual function of his school for the locals ( which itself is an extra-ordinary achievement and really appreciated), they took personal attention to ensure that we have a pleasant stay.The food was excellent and it is evident that he have a passion for cooking as well.
The guesthouse itself is one of the most calm and peaceful place to stay IMHO. Absolutely zero sound & pollution even in the day.
All in all, a very nice and refreshing day spent.
Would love to make a repeat visit, and spend some quality time with Rahul Da.
About the Host, Rahul
I was a documentary film maker and love to cook, enjoy reading and the other arts. Home schooling my children is a challenge that I love. Enjoy budget travelling and passionate about music.
But my main concern is about the tribal kids in our area, especially about their primary education and health issues. We run a resource centre called Suchana which mainly caters to tribal kids.