The most significant ambassador of Bengali literature, Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) founded a school here in 1901, which later developed into the Visva Bharati University. The school and university here has its own rules and methods of teaching, which very very much different from others, thus showcasing the educational instinct of the great poet. It attracts students and tourists from all over India and overseas. There is a Deer Park 3 km from Shantiniketan which is now a large wooded area with herds of deer and makes a natural bird sanctuary.