Chokhi Dhani Jaipur: Overview
Chokhi Dhani Jaipur, established in 1989, is a miniature model of an ethnic Rajasthani village. Everything from the décor, food and hospitality give tourists the feeling of a traditional village. It has been a famous tourist spot since 1994 and is a reflection of Rajasthani ethnicity and indigenous cultures. Chokhi Dhani is located on the outskirts of Jaipur, on the Tonk Road. The model of a rural village gives tourists a tangible feel of rural Rajasthan. The place offers a realistic depiction of traditional Rajasthan with ancient artefacts, handicrafts, paintings, folklore and sculptures.
Chokhi Dhani Jaipur is equipped with all modern-day facilities to offer tourists the best of both worlds – a glimpse into the ethnic, cultural past with the amenities of the modern world. The village provides a range of entertainment options such as puppet shows, folk dances, singing, camel rides, fortune-tellers, acrobatics, predicting parrots, magic shows, horse riding, boating, etc. Chokhi Dhani also has an art gallery, mouth-watering Rajasthan food, shopping arcade and royal accommodation.
Chokhi Dhani Jaipur also has mini village fairs occasionally and houses a 5-star luxury hotel with Royal Cottages, Cottage Rooms and Haveli Suits for tourists. All the guest rooms have modern facilities like air conditioning, refrigerators, flat screen TVs, mini-bars, internet access and in-room dining. The resort has a royal décor with ancient relics, vintage furnishings that provide the rooms with a feel of olden day Rajasthan.
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Things to do in Chokhi Dhani Jaipur
Chokhi Dhani offers a range of activities to keep the tourists busy. Some of the things to do in Chokhi Dhani include:
You can enjoy a camel ride, elephant ride, bullock cart ride and horse ride. Chokhi Dhani has its own beautiful village Lake “Tal Talaiya” where visitors can enjoy boating. There is a waterfall at the end of the lake that adds a touch of romance to the entire scenery. There are also several adventure rides that you can enjoy.
There are several fun activities like “Bhool Bhulaiya – a maze from where you need to find your way out. There are also skilled games, a theme park based on forest theme, and children play area.
Rajasthan is home to several folk dances like Ghoomer, Potter Dance, Kalbeliya – the Snake Dance, Bhopa-Bhopi Dance and Terah Taali Manjira dance – all of which are performed in Chokhi Dhani. In addition to that, there are puppet shows, traditional fire act, acrobatics on bamboo, magic show, an astrologer and a bioscope station.
Shopping in Chokhi Dhani
There are several shopping options in Chokhi Dhani. It is a one-stop shop to purchase colourful footwear, traditional kurtis, jackets, handicrafts and a lot more from haat in Chokhi Dhani.
Chokhi Dhani Jaipur: Neo Travellers’ Review
Chokhi Dhani Jaipur is a nice tourist place but is extremely crowded. The food is quite ordinary and waiting time for food can be really long. The dining area could be a little cleaner. The place accurately displays the rural life of Rajasthan. But beware of the staff around you; they come on you heavily for tips. Chokhi Dhani is Rajasthan in a nutshell, with a rustic setting but modern amenities. All the shows are free to watch and when you enter, you are welcomed with a refreshing drink. You need at least 3 to 4 hours to see the complete place and watch some of the live events. Overall, the place is value for money and the array of activities will surely keep you entertained.
Chokhi Dhani’s Cuisine
Relish Daal Baati and Chruma soaked in pure desi ghee. Feast like a royal with people serving you in authentic Rajasthani culture.
Best time to visit Chokhi Dhani Jaipur
October to March when the weather is pleasant. Avoid going in summers since it can be really hot.
Entry Fee of Chokhi Dhani Jaipur
There are different prices for different types of dining options you choose.
For traditional Rajasthani Dining:
Adult: 700/-per person
Child: 400/-per person (Height for kids from 2.5 feet up to 3.5 feet)
For AC Royal Rajasthani Dining:
Adult: 900/-per person
Child: 500/-per person (Height for kids from 2.5 feet up to 3.5 feet)
For multicuisine buffet – Choupal
Adult: 1,100/-per person
Child: 700/-per person (Height for kids from 2.5 feet up to 3.5 feet)
Note: all the rates (as of February 2018) are in Indian Rupee
Timings of Chokhi Dhani Jaipur
Every day from 5 pm to 11 pm
How to Reach Chokhi Dhani Jaipur
Chokhi Dhani is located on the outskirts of Jaipur and is 12 km from the airport and 20 km from the railway station. It can best be reached by taking a cab from the airport or the railway station.