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"The Chokhi Dhani travelogue by Mithi Dey is an account of thrilling experiences of a traveler during a visit to Jaipur, the Pink City of India. The article offers information of village resort in Jaipur, unveils the charm of rural Rajasthan and the makes you feel the royalty of Rajasthan, that has already touched the core of author's heart."
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Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur

Last December, I and three of my friends went to Chokhi Dhani, an ethnic village resort in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The place display the meticulous craftsmanship and has magical appeal that will surely suit travel-buff, just like me.

The name 'Chokhi Dhani' literary means 'Fine Hamlet'. The place is build following the concept of villages in Rajasthan. I and my friends are city slickers and are keen on experiencing life in an indifferent manner. A full-day programme in this village resort has offered me a slice of rural life. We reached there by 10 A.M. The vast area has been designed with small huts made up of hay. Colorful mannequins are positioned in such a way that we were bound to click a few photographs of us with the life-size figures.

Apart from enjoying the traditional Ghomar dance, puppet shows, I took a bumpy ride on the back of a bejeweled camel. My friends opted to take a round with the help of bullock-carts and tongas. The long-limbed Rajasthani dancers were best of all.

I'm foodie and love to relish at junk stuffs and local cuisines. We were offered sit on the mat under the open sky. Oh! The arrangement was awesome. A big thali filled with Rajasthani cuisines was served on a ' small table, placed before us. Man in traditional turban and colorful attire took privilege to serve the tasty delicacies, like 'Bajra Ki Roti, Makka Ki Roti, Malpuas, Ghevar, Sohan Halwa, Gatte ki Sabzi, Lahsan ki Chutney, Mitha Khichidi, Makkhan, Til Papdi, Jigalabi, Dal, Bati Churma etc. All at once, I felt the royal grandeur often depicted in Hindi periodical flicks.

With dusk, the entire area of Chokhi Dhani glows with bulb-fit lanterns. It appeared like glittering stars has shifted their position from sky to the resort area on the Earth. At night we had accommodated ourselves in one among 31 village huts. The mad-plastered huts are spacious and equipped with all modern amenities.

We had enjoyed a sojourn far way from the cacophony of metro-city. Its worth spending weekend in this cultural hub of India.

By - Mithi Dey
Date: 16/03/2010

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