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Visit to the heritage village at Chokhi Dhani

Has it happened to you, that during a conversation someone mentions the name of a place and the name pops up when you are closer to it …. I guess it’s Universe’s way of saying you have to go there !

This is what happened with Choki Dhani, I thank my sister in law for mentioning the place as she had been there earlier… and she told me don’t miss it if you get the chance between your work.

Yes, the visit to Jaipur was an official tour but I got one day to explore and use it to my leisure… so after a day spent in retail therapy ( can we live without it … wink wink) I set off to chokhi dhani earlier and wanted to reach there before the sunset to capture pictures in the natural light.

I totally loved the way they were welcoming the guests with the traditional tilak on the head and dhol musicians playing just before you enter the lobby. Couldn’t take a picture of myself though !

It was nice ambiance as you enter the lobby in the traditional decor so typical of Jaipur. Your entry to the village is through your dinner booking at the lobby … you have the option of sitting in the open or take the air conditioned dining in a separate area. Of course the weather in August was so amazing that you don’t want to spend it in air conditioning (living in Dubai, we are in it all year round). So done with my dinner booking I entered inside the place and was in awe of the simplicity and beauty of the whole setup !

Entrance of Chokhi Dhani

There are small food and chat corners, rope walker, different folk dances by local artists, henna design, elephant and camel rides and an amazingly designed play area for children. There was a wrestlers ring as well !! Really and there were some guests trying to show off muscle ..hahaha it was so funny watching people with a pot belly wrestling with professionals ! but who cares when you are of a sporting nature !

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There are nice places to rest and sit and enjoy the setup. The dinner starts to be served from 6.30 … oh but do enjoy the dances and the henna before you go for the food… I am an early eater so I went in for dinner and then decided to explore the handicraft market – Kalagram and also the haldi ghatti setup with the historic representation of the story of Maharana Pratap. But a little bit of henna on the hand was lovely by the village artist.

The Dining hall was built like a hut with the food serving station in the center and the seating was of course on the floor with food being served in eco-friendly vessels. Well if you are a weight watcher then good luck to you …. you need to be on a slightly empty stomach to enjoy the food or have a good appetite. The traditional daal batthi churma, with gathe ki sabji and different rotis to go with it and chaas …oh gosh … writing about it is only having me drooling about the food.  The amazing thing I loved was the lighted walls with the diyas .. it gave such a soft and soothing effect to dining !

Enjoyed a little entertainment before the dinner …

After dinner it was the Haldi Ghatti and Kalagram shopping of handicrafts … here are a few pictures !

In all a lovely village setting with nice dinner and activities with light entertainment for everyone … the weather gave it the little chill that a desert should be associated with … the nights are cooler.

Tirupathi Temple live size representation

And after all the indulging in the kalagram with handicraft shopping … I bid farewell to a relaxed and light evening surrounded by heritage and culture at Chokhi Dhani !

Ram Ram Sa … good bye the rajasthani way

Ram Ram Sa …. till next time

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