Spending an evening at the Chokhi Dhani Resort in Jaipur
Rajasthan is a state with an extremely rich heritage. This royal state is considered to be one of the most frequented visiting states by both Indian and International tourists. For a lot of international travelers who may not be very well versed with India and its varied customs and cultures, the Rajasthani culture is considered to be a broader representation of Indian culture as a whole.
Chokhi Dhani, a village resort in Jaipur, is providing an insight into the Rajasthani way of life to every inquisitive explorer. This rural themed Rajasthani village showcases the many cultural activities of this desert state. It celebrates the Rajasthani culture in more ways than one.
Chokhi Dhani has been around for over 30 years, and the resort is spread out across 10 acres of land. The attention to detail in constructing a village resort of this size is near perfect. The resort displays a stellar Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, while also borrowing from the affluence of different styles of Rajasthani architecture.
Here’s why you should visit Chokhi Dhani for your next trip to Jaipur
Chokhi Dhani provides great perspective into Rajasthani history. One of the absolute highlights of visiting Chokhi Dhani is the reenactment of the Battle of Haldighati. This is considered as one of the most legendary battles between the Mughal and Rajpur forces. Through reenactment of each event that occured in the Battle of Haldighati, the play takes you on an emotional roller-coaster ride.
Rajasthani Folk Dance – Performing arts are a big part of Rajasthan’s rich culture. Choki Dhani showcases and organizes folk performances of three of the most popular dance forms that are growing in popularity, even outside of Rajasthan. Folk Dance Performances in Ghoomar, Kalbeliya and Chari Dance are showcased at Chokhi Dhani. These performances go on to further highlight Rajasthan’s rich cultural heritage.
Puppet Shows – You may be forgiven for thinking this is something that only children would enjoy. Rajasthani puppet shows are not only fun to watch because of the visual performance, but also for the amazing storytelling. They are famous for sharing tales of Rajasthani kings and queens, making it a thoroughly entertaining experience.
Shopping – Chokhi Dhani focuses on promoting local artisans and domestic industries. This is why the products here aren’t very expensive. It’s a great place to shop for paintings and accessories that you could use to decorate your home.
Magic Shows – Chokhi Dhani also organizes magic shows for kids. These aren’t regular magic shows and have a strong Rajasthani touch to it. There are actually pretty fun to watch.
The food options at Chokhi Dhani
Like the rest of India, food is a big deal for the people of Rajasthan and they are very proud of their cuisine. Chokhi Dhani highlights the diverse nature of the delectable Rajasthani cuisine. Here, you will find multiple restaurants that are tailored to different tastes and preferences, while still glorifying the essence of Rajasthani cuisine.
For example, Chaubal is a Rajasthani hut, which serves meals in the most authentic Rajasthani style. It’s arguably the most favorite experience among visitors. The Aragosta restaurant on the other hand, is a more lavish dining experience. The interiors are tastefully done and the food options range from Rajasthani to a variety of North Indian and Chinese dishes. Bindola is another restaurant that also has similar options to pick from, but has a more Rajasthani house like vibe to it. Lastly, there’s an outdoor eating experience called, Kesar Kyari Barbeque, that cooks up traditional and modern barbecue dishes to their visitors. Kesar Kyari, serves both Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian fare. If you want an outdoor barbecue meal, Kesar Kyari will definitely strike a chord with you.
When can I visit Chokhi Dhani & what’s the cost of the trip?
Chokhi Dhani is a great day trip experience for literally everyone. It’s extremely insightful, informative and is still relevant, regardless of whether you’re traveling solo or with your family. Since it is largely an outdoor experience, it is best enjoyed in the winter. Chokhi Dhani is also only operational in the evenings, from 5 PM to 11 PM on all days. There is an entry fee that ranges between 700 to 1100 INR for adults, and 400 to 700 INR for children. The amount would depend on the dining options that are included in your entry fee.
A cab could cost you anywhere between INR 1000 to 1500, since it is on the outskirts of Jaipur. You could also contact Chokhi Dhani, as they have their own fleet of taxis which may be a little cheaper than private and city cabs. So next time you’re in Jaipur, don’t forget to spend an evening at Chokhi Dhani to get a peek into Rajasthan’s colorful culture.