After spending some time in the local market, we headed towards the infamous Choki Dhani. Although we were supposed to tour most parts of Rajasthan in the next few days, we still couldn't give this a miss.
People from far away come to Choki Dhani to get an immersive feel of Rajasthan & of course to delight their taste buds to the impeccable cuisine the resort has to offer. Not to forget one particular, the Dal Bati Churma.
But we never saw the inside of the resort. As we approached Choki Dhani, the amount of rush at the gates & the numerous cars in the parking pretty much told the story ahead. Our driver insisted us to visit the Amber Vilas, on the opposite side of the road, where the rush was less & also one could enjoy the essence of Rajasthan in detail & walk at his/her pace.
Kalbeliya Dance. The famous folk dance of Rajasthan. It's advisable to tip the artists. They will never ask for it though.
After all we were here to walk, stop and watch. I am still grateful to our cabbie as it was an excellent decision. The cover charged included the buffet & gave us access to all recreational activities at the resort.
After the exhaustion the Shatabdi Express gave me, I needed a much needed head/body massage.
Duration: 20 minutes
I can't even recall the last time I saw puppets perform. I urge you to clap when the artists pause and praise them for their efforts. They left no stone unturned in making us laugh with their witty humour/acts.
Life Sized Ludo:
Have you ever rolled a dice bigger than the size of your head !? :D
As kids I often lost the pieces of most of my game. No worries here though. You have to walk the steps yourself.
Be careful to skip the snakes though! ;)
The best experience I'd rate among the recreational activities. The potter humbly teaches you and helps you cast out beautiful pots and figures.
I tipped him a few bucks and he let me have my first creation. Although 80% was his effort :D
If anything I remember from that day without seeing the photos, is the food. And let me break it down, I am not a foodie.
The servers just kept it coming one cuisine after the other. They literally choked us with food.
But more than the food itself, the server's attitude was amazing. They'd mock you at the way you eat in a fun way. It'd be an insult to them if they see your plate to be empty. As soon as will get get up, one of them will order someone to bring more food!
"Arey sir ke lie Dal Bati Churma Le ke Aao"
"Arey aapko toh khaana hi nahi aata"
Day one of my Rajasthan experience was mind-blowing. If the trailer was so good, we imagined what would the movie be like?
Do read on the subsequent parts of my journey through Rajasthan in winters and from wherever you are reading this, be it your bedroom or your office cubicles, travel through my eyes.