While most of the reviews here talk about staying at this resort, you don't have to stay here to enjoy the fun. My kids (aged 7 and 10) and I came for the evening and had a wonderful time. The website really doesn't do a good job of explaining all of the fun.
If Epcot at Disneyworld were to design a Rajisthan area, it would look like this. Exceptionally clean and visually appealling. Lots of sights, sounds. The place is massive (no map provided unfortunately) and it allows visitors to experience cultural aspects of India that are hard to do on the streets themselves. Eating from food vendors without fear of getting sick. Exploring the range of arts and crafts without getting harrassed to purchase. Dancing with performers without wondering how much to tip.
The place is near the airport, about a 45 minute drive from the center of town. Entry to the theme park is Rs 500 for adults and Rs. 200 for children. At the entrance they push you to purchase tickets for the Vegetarian Thali dinner for Rs 500 per person. I am glad that I did not do so because the little food vendors were much more fun and plenty filling. Bhel puri, fresh lime soda, and all kinds of chaats were for sale for 20 to 30 rupees. Things I always want to try on the streets but don't. The kids enjoyed popcorn, cotton candy, coconut water, and ice cream.
The place is set up like a Rajisthani Village with little lanterns lighting the way. Musical performances are ongoing and little stages scattered throughout the area, including magicians, dancers, sword performers, wrestlers, puppet shows, fire dancing, and so on. For Rs 30 all sorts of rids are available including camels, elephants, bull carts, camel carts, and horses. Corracle boat rides are also available. Free Mendhi designs for the arms and hands. Ferris wheel for Rs 30. Carnival games for Rs 10. A maze, slides for free. Plus the arts and crafts area features all major forms of art work with artisans sitting and actually making the crafts right in front of you.
All in all, it was a delightful evening. My main criticisms--the website is terrible. Not even information on when it opens and closes (seems like 6 in the evening until about 11). And no map to get a sense of all of the activities available.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Capturing the spirit of Rajasthan and ensuring the perfect Rajasthani experience is Chokhi Dhani, a unique Village Resort. Chokhi Dhani literally means a "fine hamlet" i.E. A quintessential ethnic village that offers an ideal pastoral experience. Away from the urban life the idyllic cottages and suites in the resort give the right blend of traditions - modern amenities in typical ethnic environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chokhi Dhani Hotel Jaipur
- Choki Dhani Jaipur
- Chokhi Dhani Jaipur
- Chokhi Dhani Resort Jaipur, Rajasthan