Authentic Food & Colourful Performances: Get A Glimpse Of Rajasthani Culture In Chennai
What Makes It Awesome
What started as a Rajasthani restaurant with a little entertainment for the guests, has turned in to an evening of festivities in a 15-acre fair followed by a feast. The concept behind Chokhi Dhani was to showcase Rajasthani culture and cuisine. So the activities in the fair are things like animal rides on camels, horses and bullock carts, mehendi for women, a traditional wooden puppet show on Rajasthani folklore, a traditional magic show called Jaadu Ro Khel, an acrobatics act called Nat Ro Kartab, skill games like archery and darts, fortune telling by Rajasthani palm readers and plenty of singing and dancing. Phew! So many delightful events to choose from!
In fact, the dancing is the centre of all attractions as it features the traditional forms of Rajasthani dance like Ghoomar, Kalbeliya, and Bhavai. The dances themselves are performed by trained professional dancers and the whole event is said to be interactive. So if you’re feeling up to it, jump up on stage and they may just teach you a few moves! The festivities begin at 4pm and by the time dinner rolls around you’ll be famished, so get ready to eat their thali’s worth of food. The spread is exclusively vegetarian and has vegetable pulao, khichdi, dal baati, boondi raitha, and much more. There’s also a chaat counter with authentic North Indian chaat, and desserts like barfis and halwas to close it out.
For the variety you’re getting, we think it’s awesome, and it’s all authentic as it’s prepared by chefs brought down from Rajasthan. Price wise they start at INR 500 and go up to INR 1,000 and the difference in price comes from the air-conditioned eating area during dinner and the entry fee for the festivities. They welcome group bookings and are well equipped to handle large numbers. Do note, that they’re open only for dinners from 4pm to 10pm.