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Chowki Dhanni: Royal Rajasthan




The Sun is just setting, the horizon an orange haze. You are astride a camel, taking in the view, absorbing the sheer beauty of the delightful mix of ethnic Rajasthan and urban taste. Welcome to Chowki Dhanni, where disco beats tango with Rajasthani music, offering you a choice between rabdi and sarson da saag.

Located 15 km away from Rajkot in Gujarat, the beauty of Chowki Dhanni lures you away from the hustle-bustle of city life. In case you are visiting Rajkot, do not miss an opportunity to visit this resort offering an array of music, cuisines and other forms of entertainment in its ethnic backdrop.

Rajasthani dancers greet you the moment you step out; girls dressed in ghagra-cholis adorned with mirror-work. The jewellery includes heavy necklaces, chudlas (armlets), anklets, earrings and rings. Besides, their instruments are decorated and embellished with beautiful trappings and ornamental coverings.

If you wish to buy any Rajasthani merchandise, browse through their wares on display. Choose from mojaris (Rajasthani style shoes), mirrored handbags, wall hangings, lipstick cases, etc. Just beside these shops, you will come across a mehendiwalli, who applies Rajasthani mehendi, which is different from Arabic mehendi, and has unique designs.

Walk further ahead, and there is a Rajasthani restaurant, which sports Rajasthani cuisine and ambience on its menu. It has a traditional a seating arrangement, where you sit cross-legged and have food on a pat (small low table). They offer Rajasthani thali, which serves a combination of dal-batti, rabdi or churma. If you are keen on experimenting, be sure to book your place, especially on a Sunday, since its remains crowded.

Not in the mood to try, but have Punjabi decicacies in mind? Chowki Dhanni won't let you down. The Punjabi restaurant nearby salutes you. Enjoy dinner in its royal ambience. The platter consists of the usual Punjabi fare of naan, rumali roti, vegetable dishes like paneer mutter, malai kofta etc. Enjoy it with lassi or with onions and pickles or papad. Indeed a meal fit for a king!!

Visit their discotheque, where everyone unwinds to the music. The music is a mix of pop remixes, from Bollywood numbers to some English songs. It may not seem like your regular discotheque in the city, but it is definitely a place to let your hair down.

The kids can take to the slides, swings or step on the ever-popular Laxman jhulla (These are 2 suspended iron bridges, a replica of the one at Varanasi). Hold on tightly to the chains at the sides, because as you proceed, the whole thing swings wildly. One wrong step and you may land up on the soft sand below. Get entangled in snakes and ladders, a game which both adults and kids can play – a game board, drawn on the ground, with a cushion-like dice that you can throw to see whether you will be bitten by a snake or are you still lucky enough to climb the ladder.

On a breezy night, step into the lawn and find yourself a place to sit, on the grass or a chair with your friends or loved ones. Or listen to the ghazal singer who sings popular requests. What better way to spend an entire evening under the moon and stars, where
Chowki Dhanni's cool breeze whispers sweet nothings in your ear far away from a busy world.


God save the Malayalee

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