Chokhi Dhani Village Jaipur – Glimpse of Rajasthan Culture
Rajasthan is well known for its culture, delicious recepies, spicy dishes churned out in matter of minutes and royal cuisines prepared slowly and cooked for hours. Each city of Rajasthan’s something different to offer from red chillies to bhang to add spice to your journey.
Although there are a number of hotels and restaurants serving various dishes; there are few which also give a glimpse of Rajasthani culture. One of the best names in the list is Chokhi Dhani Village. Its a place filled with amusement with live entertainment, a number of rides, hangouts and painting ground. Lets take a look around it.
For those who so not wish to travel too much or too many places in Rajsathan yet wish to abreast themselves with its culture can certainly get more than just a glimpse here in Chokhi Dhani. Entire area or village is filled with rajasthani culture with Bani Thani art on walls, cottages built in haveli style, hand crafted material used for decoration all around including lifestyle, decor, clothing and daily accessories which are used by tourists as well as artists who live here. One can see much more in the section named Kalagram which showcases work of local craftsmen and woman.
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A number of dance performances are performed in section called Live Entertainment. Here you can dance with the dancers performing dances like Terah Taali Dance, see Nat Ro Kartab, watch Fire act, enjoy Puppet Show and magic show. There is also a fortune teller if you wish to try out your hands and a Bird fortune teller with the bird taking out a card to tell what the future holds for you! A fun filled place where you can spend days with your family and friends. Its such a thrilling place that even if you are alone; you won’t get bored!
Hang Outs include a recreation of Haldi Ghat site which holds importance in Indian History. Visit the replica of Vaishno Devi Temple ; go around Rathkhana with various old age chariots redesigned, see around Jungle Devta, Tejajai Temple, Babaji ki Cave, Village huts representing Mewar culture and Panghat shocasing indian wells as well as Garadiya Luhar represnting work of Indian Blacksmith.
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Next is Fun Zone where you can enjoy Indian activities like Jungle Sair, Gufa Jharni, Hand Massage and Skill Games like dart, aiming and shooting. Its fun for hours and one can definitely spend days playing these games.
Fun doesn’t end here. Different rides are something which calls for queues of tourists. Elephant ride, bullock ride, camel ride, horse ride and boat ride are something which are always sought after.
One section of Chokhi Dhani showcases a small National Museum. Good place to visit depicting Indian States in all there colors. It would not be wrong to say that this museum is a mini India in itself showcasing various culture and religion. The uniqueness is the way things have been presented here.
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In addition to all the attractions what is most interesting place here is the dining area of Chokhi Dhani. Reservations are made, tickets are bought and people patiently wait for their turn to come! This is the Dining area or Jeeman Khas has four different halls. Sangri dining hall, Chaupad dining hall, Gorbandh Open Air Dinning and the Royal Fine Dining. The name depicts the kind of food is served in that area. In Sangri rajasthani food is served on leaf platter in the tradition of Manhaur; Chaupad has four straight paths joining at centre following the old royal way of having food; Gorbandh serves food in open semi round shape ground filled with ghee, dry fruits and Rajasthani spices; Royal dining serves food in ethic royal way where one can actually enjoy the food in the way Royals used to have their dinner served.
When Chokhi Dhani started it had only one branch in Jaipur. Today it has its branches in different cities – Chennai, Sonipat, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Indore, Jaisalmer, Pune, Barmer, Panchkula and Bangaluru.
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Most of the Chowki Dhani open in the evening – usually after 4 p.m. and close at 11:00 p.m. Charges are usually 500 INR for entering. There are different charges for food/dinner section. These charges may differ a little from one place to another but not much. One of the best places to be at weekends; its a must place to visit with family and friends. According to the city where the branch has some of the sections may differ. There are also A/C and NON /AC huts where people stay with their families and friends to enjoy weekends. Its a good idea to pre – book your huts if you intend to stay here in tourist season that is Indian winters.
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