The Ashram offers quality stay and food to visitors willing to experience culture with simple life in a peaceful space. Its located next to the forest range. Thus visitors love to have morning walk / cycling in the forest to be with the sound of chirping birds. The ashram has a small pond and a wide area where seasonal vegetables are cultivated. Guests can enjoy organic farming here too.
Kantha Weavers –There are 1500 women engaged in the weaving traditions living in the Ashram neighbourhood villages. One can interact with the artists and experience the weaving tradition, which is unique in its ethnicity, traditional appeal and contemporary allure. It is a form of an expression, narrating a story through the stitches https://youtu.be/X40L8-NcJbQ.
Chadar Badar – Chadar Badar (https://youtu.be/Rru8H54GjIw ) is an ancient indigenous form of puppetry; the puppets are made of bamboo or wood and are about 8 to 9 inches in height. Puppeteers use multiple self made instruments. Ideal time to visit Bannabagram Baul Ashram is between October and March. Bannabagaram Baul Ashram has its own annual Baul Fakiri Music Festival during the last weekend of November. About 250 Baul-Fakirs from different corners of West Bengal join the festival. This year Baul Fakiri Mela will be held at Bannabagram Baul Ashram on Nov 24 – 26, 2023https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efe3C6LWDc8 .
We recommend at least 2 days of tour to Bannabagram Baul Ashram to experience the same. In case of 3-7 days of tour, we recommend visit to the places mentioned below also.
Santiniketan – Santiniketan, the World Heritage site, is 20 km away from Bannabagram Baul Ashram. The Visva Bharati University https://visvabharati.ac.in/, founded by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, is located here. Santiniketan’s architecture and natural surroundings perfectly capture Tagore’s idea of universalism. Apart from upholding the spirit of inclusive learning, Santiniketan is also the abode of various cultural heritages.
Tepantar Eco Theatre resort https://www.tepantar.co.in/– The space, located amidst rural serenity, is a good destination to enjoy theatre with usage of local props. For them, theatre is not just an art form but a way of life. This place provides visitors the opportunity to interact with theatre practitioners and co-create plays with them, located 20 minutes away from Santiniketan.
Dariyapur Dokra Hub – A visit to Bannabagram can be combined with a visit to the nearby Dokra artists’ village of Dariyapur. The place is 20 mins drive from the Ashram. Dokra is an ancient technique of production of non-ferrous metal ware by the metal casting process. The artisans follow the process which is believed to be 5000 years old to make figurines, animals, deities and jewellery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQwI-uKn9As.