Whenever we plan a weekend to Shantiniketan its Visva Bharati which comes to our mind. But next time it could be Khoai which is a ecological formation of small canyons resulting from constant erosion caused by wind and water. The Khoai Shantiniketan region in Bolpur is marked by a patch of dry forest of Sonajhuri trees on an eroded landscape of red laterite soil. This unique look of the forest was immortalised by Rabindranath Tagore in many of his compositions. The Sonajhuri forest in Khoai is surrounded by the famous Kopai River, the river to which all Bengalis are introduced as “Amader Choto Nodi......” . The weekend to Khowai is incomplete without a visit to the Saturday Haat, where artisans of Shantiniketan sell their wonderful artefacts sitting in the forest.