Panchet residency is hosed in a 15 acre sprawling campus. It is in the midst of nature with breath taking views.
Visva Bharati University:
Vishva Bharati University was founded by Rabindranath Tagore in 1921. In this university, the classes are held in the open-air, which is very unique. There are faculties in all major disciplines and the humainites and performing arts dominate over the philosophy, Sanskrit, art, Indian music and drama. The Vishva Bharati University is dedicated in cultivating lofty human ideals and cultural values in the students. This university has various Bhavans like the Kala Bhavan, the school of the arts; Sangit Bhavan, the institute for music and dance; China Bhavan, related with Chinese studies and Vinaya Bhavan, the teachers training college. It also has agriculture and cottage industries, that provides employment within the campus. Satyajit Ray, Indira Gandhi and the Mahari of Jaipur are some of the famous personalities who have also studied here. There are also various sculptures, frescoes, paintings and murals of Rabindranath, Nandalal Bose and Ramkinkar that can be found in the campus.
Established in 1923, Amar Kutir is the centre for rural development situated in a great natural setting. The showroom showcases various handicrafts and has a stock of over 1300 regional handicraft products. It was once a place of refuge for the Indian independence movement. It now functions with the aim of promoting local arts and crafts. It is situated along the banks of Kopai River, some 15 km away from Shantiniketan.
Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary:
An exciting break from the city, the Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place to spend a day with the family. Established in 1977, this wooded area is also known as Deer Park. You will spot a lot of deer and playful squirrel here. The sanctuary is a haven for many water birds, jackal, fox, black buck and spotted deer. Just outside the gate, there is a small shack selling refreshments. Try the trademark Bengali preparation of Ghugni with a glass of refreshing lemon tea.
Sriniketan is situated about 3 km. away from Shantiniketan. It is a sister institute and dedicated to rural development programmes. This institute has a Department of Rural Construction where the country's socio-economic problems are studied and is also a College of Agriculture. It has a wide range of activities including weaving, leather craft, pottery, Kantha embroidery and Batik.
Rich with the literary and cultural legacy of Gurudeb Rabindranath Tagore, Vidya Bhavana is the Faculty of Higher Studies at Visva Bharati. It was established as a learning centre of Oriental Studies to understand and spread knowledge of the confluences of the East and the West. The centre is located near the Central Library and is marked by its red soil and distinguishable buildings. There are curd and sweetmeat vendors, and handicraft stores here. It is a not a place for sightseeing, but to experience the cultural vibe that it is famous for.