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Trip to Jaipur – Visit to Chokhi Dhani – a tourist village portraying traditional Rajasthani culture




We wanted to get out of Delhi, and decided to meet some friends in Jaipur, and also get some sight-seeing done in the Pink City. Given that the distance between Delhi and Jaipur is only 259 kilometers, it takes around 3-4 hours to get from Delhi to Jaipur on a good day. We set out a bit early in the day, and headed off to Gurgaon (since Gurgaon is where the starting point for the Delhi-Jaipur road is). The new highway between Delhi and going upto almost Manesar is a fast journey, where except for the first toll between Delhi and Gurgaon (just before the large Ambi Mall, where the amount of time required to be spent at the toll booth depends on what time in the day you reach there), the journey is smooth and fast.
Once you are out of Manesar, you get onto the main highway, and in the past, the highway was supposed to be one of the best; however, this is no longer the case since the road seems narrow in places, and pitted with potholes in sections. Further, there are 3 more toll booths on the way, and some of them are pretty unorganized, with traffic all over the place. I really did not enjoy avoiding the big trucks and trailers who were trying to make their way to the toll lanes with the shortest lines (it can seen pretty dangerous if the back of such a loaded container changes direction in front of your vehicle and can cause you to suddenly slam on the brakes). However, we eventually reached Jaipur and located the house of our friends in due time. The journey was not very tiring, and we spent some time catching up with our friends.
We decided to venture out in the evening, and decided to reach a tourist village called Chokhi Dhani, located some distance from Jaipur. The place is located around 15 km from the city on a fairly decent road, and it takes a maximum of around 30 minutes to get there. Chokhi Dhani was created in 1989, and was located on a 10 acre complex, meant to depict the culture and customs of traditional Rajasthan, and is now a must watch place if you are traveling to Jaipur (website). Chokhi Dhani also has accommodation in terms of 59 cottages, 33 royal cottages, and 8 Haveli Suits. However, I had talked to a few people about staying there (just interested, since I was staying with my friends) and the recommendation was that the place was worth a visit (and was great), but there was not much fun staying there (and I could be wrong in that).
Address and contact details:
Chokhi Dhani Resort,
12 Miles, Tonk Road,
Jaipur – 303905 Rajasthan (India)
The entrance is a bit expensive, at Rs. 250 per head, which includes entry to the village, along with dinner (more about the dinner later). As you enter, the staff greets you in a proper ceremonial way, with a tikka on the forehead and a garland. Even the exterior of the village looks attractive, and there is a temple as soon as you enter.

Chokhi Dhaani in Jaipur - The entry gate to the village
Chokhi Dhaani in Jaipur – The entry gate to the village

Chokhi Dhaani in Jaipur - View of the outside from the interior
Chokhi Dhaani in Jaipur – View of the outside from the interior

Chokhi Dhaani in Jaipur - Welcoming visitors to the village
Chokhi Dhaani in Jaipur – Welcoming visitors to the village

Chokhi Dhaani in Jaipur - An angular view of the temple at the entrance
Chokhi Dhaani in Jaipur – An angular view of the temple at the entrance

Chokhi Dhaani in Jaipur - A temple at the entrance of the village
Chokhi Dhaani in Jaipur – A temple at the entrance of the village




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