The most attractive and thrilling part of the Pink City is Chokhi Dhani. Located 25 km away from Jaipur, an ethnic village setup has been the mirror image of Rajasthani culture since 1990. To enjoy the Rajasthani culture completely, you could choose to stay at this place. The resort possesses a magnificent architecture, providing not only the modern facilities but also a warm welcome. Chokhi Dhani is built outside the city, where one can enjoy lively nature along with the fresh air of Indian villages. It’s a place which is not too far to reach, located on a national highway but still with a peace.
The most enjoyable part is the Rajasthani food served here. The place offers delicious Rajasthani food made in desi ghee. The air conditioned dining hall serves food in silverware accompanied by cultural performances by the bhopan and bhopa. The place also has an outdoor seating arrangement as well. Reservations are done well in advance and people wait for their turn to come. The dining area has four different halls like Chaupad, Gorbandh, Sangri and Royal Dining. In Sangri dining hall, Rajasthani food is served on a leaf platter, the Chaupad has four paths joining at the center and follows the royal old way of having food, Gorbandh serves food in open semi- round shape ground, and royal dining serves food in an ethnic royal way. The popular Rajasthani food is the combo of dal, bati and churma but there are a lot of options available for the foodies to try. Once you are settled, you will notice the hospitable servers. They will make you wash your hands before you start your meal. Numerous things are served in a specific order and you can ask anything anytime. Their conventional thali consists of khichdi, dal, bati, choorma, lassi, papad, Pachhmelri dal, gatta kadi, bajra/makki roti, everything with the generous amount of ghee. Also, while serving you dishes they persuade you to try each and every dish. Once you are done, they will wish you “Ram Ram Ji”.
Things to Do
The famous battle of Haldighati fought between the Rajputs and the Mughals have been re-formed at the Chokhi Dhani village. The well- known battle has a distinct memory in our minds and this recreation gives you a visual depiction of the battle. In addition to this, they also have the Vaishno Devi Temple and Rathkhana where they have displayed old chariots. The village also has a National Museum allowing you to experience the state’s uniqueness. Thus, it’s a great place to experience the diverse India.
Chokhi Dhani is your best bet if you want to do a little shopping. You can buy lovely Rajasthani handicraft at Kalagram, an initiative by Chokhi Dhani thus providing livelihoods to the artisans. A wide range of products like paintings, clothing, home décor, accessories, jewellery is available. You can pick up an elegant embroidered laptop bag that will make you stand out in the crowd
Timings: Open all days between 5pm to 11pm.
Traditional dance and animal ride
One of the entertainment options at Chokhi Dhani is the traditional folk dance performances including Chari, Kalbeliya and Ghoomar. The fast beats of the dance forms are sure to have your feet tapping and will urge you to join them. Apart from the dance show, you can also enjoy traditional fire act, magic show and puppet show, various rides on elephant, camel, horse and bullock cart.
Do visit Chokhi Dhani if you happen to visit Jaipur so that your trip is complete and you crave to come back again and again.