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Rajasthan has always been a proud state, whose princes never bowed down to any foreign invader, stood up against the expanding Mughal empire, refused to give up their towering forts, and kept their heads held high. Change is a constant, and as culture and tradition everywhere are bending and evolving with the winds of change, Choki Dhani in Jaipur is Rajasthan’s way of preserving a heritage centuries old.

It is primarily a 5-star resort fashioned and themed like the quintessential Rajasthani village. It opened in 1989 and has since evolved into one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jaipur, it has to be on your list of places to see in Rajasthan. The aim was to recreate something authentic, and they have managed to stay as close to the roots as possible. The architecture is inspired from actual havelis and mahals, plenty abound in Rajasthan, the artists and craftsmen are sourced from surrounding villages, even the employees are mostly local village folk.

Traditional Rajasthani Thali

Eating out in Rajasthan doesn’t get better than Choki Dhani. Starting with the legendary dal baati-churma and missi roti of Rajasthan, you will find dishes from all corners of the state. An incredible array of sweetmeats are available - Mawa Kachori from Jodhpur, Alwar ka Mawa, Malpuas from Pushkar, Rasogullas from Bikaner, Ghevar from Jaipur to start with. All the grains and cereal are sourced locally from regional farmers.

There are live performances every evening from local artists, Ghoomer, Potter Dance, Kalbeliya - the Snake Dance, Bhopa-Bhopi Dance, all moving to the rhythm of live instrumentalists and singers; there’s acrobatics, puppet shows and magic shows.

Rajasthani Folk Dance

Choki Dhani has elaborately furnished spaces for business meetings and intricately decorated halls befitting royal weddings. You can rejuvenate in the Sansha Spa & Health Club, detoxify with a sauna or steam bath, or hit the well-equipped gym. You can for a joy ride atop a camel, elephant, bullock cart or tonga. Chokhi Dhani has its own beautiful village Lake “Tal Talaiya” where one can enjoy boating. The waterfall at the end just adds to the scenery. It also offers some of the best shopping in Rajasthan, colourful handicrafts in all shapes and sizes, from 9 other states of the country viz. Rajasthan, Maharastra, Gujarat, J&K, Kerala, Goa, Sikkim, West Bengal & Tamil Nadu.

Visit Choki Dhani to experience the best of Rajasthan.

As the newest member of the content team, Shivangi Rajendran comes from the world of professional dancing. With a passion for travel and a flair for writing, the Masters in Mass Communication is just an added advantage. A gypsy at heart, she doesn’t believe in planning and is always ready to pack her bags and leave.

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