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“a village experience” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chokhi Dhani

Chokhi Dhani
Ranked #20 of 2,941 Restaurants in Jaipur
Price range: $9 - $15
Cuisines: Indian, Asian
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Good for: Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Buffet, Cash Only, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Awarded for most innovative tourism project from ministery of Tourism, Government of India Chokhi Dhani Village Fair and Restaurant is an ideal place for experiencing Rajasthani traditional hospitality and culture. A unique concept based on our roots is materelized to promote and preserve rajasthani heritage. In Chokhi Dhani Village you will find a different theme with rajasthani village ambience for each day, a festive celebration every time in a different manner with a purview of real rajasthani village culture in fun, entertainment, games, thrill, shopping, rajasthani diet, Rajasthani Kalbeliya Dance or Ghoomer or other folk dance , music and much more to look... To feel... To breathe... To taste... To experience.... Traditional rajasthani recipes reinvented by our skilled chefs prepared in pure ghee and served with rajasthani concept of manuhaar to make our guests feel the true heritage hospitality. Traditional welcome with Tikka and Arti, Folk music which makes your feet dance, Ethnic decoration all around and joyrides on elephants and bull carts are provided for making the visit an memorable traditional experience for the guest.
New Delhi, India
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“a village experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

The village created was a must-go experience. At entrance we were welcomed with the traditional tikka and rose petals. You have to decide there what kind of meal would you prefer and buy tickets accordingly.

The challis, chat and other snacks are extra which you gorge on while moving around the fair. Tips are not encouraged (as mentioned on signages) but expected by the performers - the acrobats, the puppeteers, the musicians and the dancers. The camel ride and camel cart ride was fun as was the ferris wheel even if I was scared out of my wits.

The food was served at two timings - 7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. We chose 10:00 p.m. We were told Chokhi Dhani remains open till 1:00 - 1:30 in the night.


Cost: 650/- AC Restaurant & 450/- non-AC Restaurant including entry fee

  • Visited March 2013
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“Mini Rajashthan... :-)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

This place was recommended by many of my friends as a good destination to take out my parents.. and well thanks to them. It is a very nice and decent place to spend the evening with your family.

The entry fees which is inclusive of the open-air restaurant fee (Rs.450/-) & (Rs. 650/-) for the AC dining might look a bit exorbitant but I believe that it is good enough as maintaining so many staffs and such a huge place will be a costly affair.

As soon as you enter the place, the atmosphere filled with folk music and the visual treat of rustic setting of the rich Rajasthani cultural heritage takes over your mind. Visitors can try their hands and learn right from making "Bajre ki Roti" to "Pottery" or you can also try your hands along with the "Iron Smiths". There are puppet shows, folk dances, magic shows & bicycle stunts - all for free. There are also fortune tellers, camel rides and other things which charge nominal fees. As for the rich cultural heritage, you will find different set-ups of day-to-day setup of a typical Rajasthani village.

Now coming to the food, well the meal will be a sumptuous one starting with the bajre ki rotis laden with home made butter to dal baati churmas with lots of ghees. Beware of the waiters ;-) they will fill-up your dishes as much as they can so that you try out all the elements of the thali. The taste part is Good and would recommend the garlic chutney and the dal baatis...and finish it up with the Jalebis & Kheer. If you are a fitness freak.. be sure for the extra pounds you will put up with delicacies dipped in Ghee & Makkhan.

Overall, a good place to enjoy the evening with your friends, families or even alone.. atleast have 3-4 hours in hand to enjoy every nooks and corners of the place.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
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“A Sheer Disappointment .. !! Could be skipped...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

After hearing a lot from people in my friend-circle and reading a lot of praises online, i finally decided to give Chokhi Dhani a try during my trip to Jaipur in July 2012. On the last day of trip, we decided to visit Chokhi Dhani, have dinner there and leave for delhi by 9 PM.

We reached by 5 PM and being a Sunday, there was a lot of rush. The entry fee which includes 1 thaali is exorbitant !!1 (Rs. 450 per person). Keeping in mind that you will have to pay extra on every food stall inside, I would say that they make you pay through your nose.

Anyway, we went inside and the entire premises were setup like a rajasthani village where various folk artists were performing. Their performances were the only plus factor during my visit to Chokhi Dhani.

Although the entire setup was meant to look like a rajasthani village, it was looking like a cross between a rajasthani village and badly planned suburb. :) ... we saw a small pond (?) and when went near, we had to retreat in haste due to the strong smell of decaying rubbish in the water. :(

Coming to dinner, we were not expecting a kilometer long line of people waiting for their turn. On top of that, there was no arrangement for air-cooling which made the matters worse in Hot & humid weather of July. Finally, after waiting for 1 hour, we decided to skip dinner and leave for Delhi.

All in all, I would not recommend going to Chokhi Dhani to anyone. There are a lot other attractions in Jaipur which are much better than this.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Anishu_29
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Bali, Indonesia
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“Good, but better across the street”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

We heard much about the dining experience to b had at The Chokhi Dhani Restaurant, just outside Jaipur, India. We finally gave in on our last night in town, a Friday night, and got a driver and car for the 45 minute ride out. The driver suggested that we skip the actual Chokhi Dhani and instead visit a competitor across the street. Unfortunately, I cannot remember their name, but they are directly across the road from Chokhi Dhani.
He said that the food and atmosphere were everything that Dani provided, but that the price was about 40% lower and the crowds would not be nearly as heavy. We took his advice and are glad to have done it. We went to eat around 1730, a bit early for most folks, arriving around 1830, but the driver thought it better to arrive before the crush.
The compound reminded us of an old county fair, with singers and dancers/jugglers spread throughout the grounds. The restaurant part was very well lit and the service was all that you could ask for. The waiters were very polite young men who tried their best to get visitors enthused by sharing the turbans and scarves, continually bringing food and drink, and setting the stage for enjoyment. The food was traditional India fare, with breads and dips galore.
the wander about the grounds after dinner allowed us to watch the various acts and, if desired, take camel or elephant rides.
A very 'touristy' atmosphere and climate, but worth the time and money to do the drive and visit, since we needed dinner that night anyhow~~~ . The meal cost was around 600 Rupee ($12 US) per person and not at all a bad outing. As we left the grounds around 2000, th parking lot was beginning to fill and Dani, across the road, was completely jammed with cars and patrons, with what appeared to be many being turned away or having a 300 meter walk to get in.
Skip the crush or humanity and higher prices, visit the place across the street and have a bit earlier dinner that night. It will most likely be worth it~~~~

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Gurgaon, India
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“Tradition to trade”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

Setting of a rustic village wherein everybody is either performing some traditional dance form or doing some tricks or selling local stuff embodied by a traditional restaurant where they try to force feed you albeit with love.

The setting is good, but the atmosphere is dusty. Food is tasty but the huge quantity takes the sheen out of the taste.

Kids do enjoy such places and if you are in Jaipur for more than two days then one should try and visit the place.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank travellingsood
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