Shantiniketan, a veritable abode of peace and tranquility, is famous for the world renowned Viswa Bharati University founded by Rabindranath Tagore in 1921. The university has a unique setting for imparting education, with classes held in the open. It focusses on the common fellowship of the meeting of East and West, to strengthen world peace through the establishment of free communication of ideas. It follows a culture where study and research of religion, literature, history, science and art of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, Sikh, Christian and other civilisations are pursued. Situated in lush green surroundings, you can spend time exploring the university talking with the students and teachers, by taking a prior appointment. Located in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, Santiniketan is also a repository of exotic sculptures, frescoes, murals, and paintings by Rabindranath Tagore, Nandlal Bose, Ramkinkar, BinodeBehari Mukherjee, and other internationally acclaimed artists.