A night at Jaipur’s Chokhi Dhani
If you have time and a spare 800 rupees for an evening then you should make a trip to Chokhi Dhani, a 5 star resort in Jaipur, for an evening full of fun and entertaining Rajasthani culture.
It was our last night in the Pink City and we wanted music and dancing. Babu dropped us off at the resort entrance and went to join the crowd of tuktuk drivers waiting outside watching a Hindi film. There were lots of people, Western and Asian tourists. The whole atmosphere of it reminded me of an open air festival, people wandering around with lots of different areas to visit. The price included dinner, we went for non-vegetarian however I think the local food looked way better! We sat near some live music and were thankful when the speakers stopped working haha. Lydia and I thought it would be a good idea to order Indian wine, how wrong we were…it was vile.
After dinner we joined in the ‘stick dance’, I’m not sure of the real name but they do this a lot in India. On a round stage people were tapping wooden sticks whilst dancing in a circle. Rajasthani music was played by the musicians in the middle. Next we went to see some fire tricks, we sat so close I could really feel the heat from the flames! Next up we joined the professional female Indian dancers. They looked incredible doing their slinky hand waving moves, us girls felt slightly intimated so we cracked out the macarena getting other tourists involved. It was hilarious.
We had a great time just wandering around seeing different performers. Towards the end we spotted a massage place for 20 rupees. Indian head massages are famous all over the world so we excitedly took our seats. And then…oh gosh! It was comic, they scruffed up our hair, itched our heads and slapped us on the back. People stopped to watch, laughing at three girls screaming with hysterics. It was the worse massage of my life! But also the funniest.
It was such a funny evening with so much to do. I heard there is a similar place in Jodhpur however Jaipur is known to have the best one. There are signs above each stage saying, ‘Do not tip the performers’, so when the dancers thrust out their hands we pointed to the sign and they turned on their heels moodily. Whoops..
To find out more visit: www.chokhidhani.com/portfolio/jaipur-resort.html