Welcome to Chokhidhani Surat - A Place of Rajasthani Village Restaurant

Chokhi Dhani Village has been the mirror of Rajasthani culture since 14th January, 2009. Started as part of ambiance for a restaurant, A franchise in surat, over the year it has evolved as a tasteful and authentic symbol of ethnic village life of this most colorful state in the country. Today, the name of Chokhi Dhani is synonymous with Rajasthani culture throughout the country.

Spread over 7 acres of beautifully landscaped area for a rustic look, it is dotted with machaans & platforms where different folk artists perform concurrently. A village fair is created every evening as an ongoing celebration of the rich & vibrant cultural heritage of Rajasthan.

The display of traditional huts and workmanship will take you back to the times when splendor was unpretentious. Experience the rich warmth and rustic charm of a typical Rajasthani Village at Chokhi Dhani- the festivities never end here !!!

Live dance and music performance all through the evenings is one of the major attractions at Chokhi Dhani Village. The exposure that the local folk artistes have received has revived many of the arts and crafts that were getting all but forgotten in these modern times. Few visitors can resist the temptation to join http://bigbropoker.org the artistes and dance with the music.

The magic show, the puppet show, acrobatics on a bamboo without the protection of a safety net beneath, the astrologer, the fortune teller parrot all made the visitors spellbound.

The artificial forest with roar sounds of animals and tribes, horse riding, camel riding and much more are here to rejuvenate you and your family.

The Chokhi Dhani Village also has a photo studio with traditional look, a national art and craft market and many more places showing rajasthani village culture , villagers’ lifestyle with a dining hall, renowned for the mouth watering and typical Rajasthani food. A place where you will enjoy to come and forget to leave... where you will get rid off your worries and you will drown with Rajasthani art, culture and respect for the guest.

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About Chokhidhani

Chokhi Dhani is your window to the best in folk culture. A village fair is recreated every evening as an ongoing celebration of the rich and vibrant cultural heritage of Rajasthan.

Spread over 5 acres of land beautifully landscaped for a rustic look, it is dotted with machans & platforms where various folk-artists perform concurrently. Dance with kalbelia artist swirling in mirror spangled dresses, watch the Magician perform, adorn your palms with intricate motifs of Mahendi or take a Camel Ride . . . there is never a dull moment.

The display of traditional huts and workmanship will take your back to the times when splendor was unpretentious. Experience the rich warmth and rustic charm of a typical Rajasthani Village at Chokhi Dhani – the festivities never end here !!!

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Destination Surat

Surat a ’City of the Sun’ is the second largest city in the state of Gujarat, India and the administrative headquarters of Surat District. It is located midway between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and linked with both cities by an efficient rail corridor. With a population of almost 6 million, Surat Metropolitan Region is the 8th largest in India and 41st largest in World. In terms of area and population the city is 9th largest in India. The city is largely recognized for its textile and diamond businesses. Surat is considered one of the cleanest cities in India. It also has one of the highest GDP growth rates in India at 11.5% as of 2008.

At its zenith, Surat was popularly viewed as the city of Kubera, the of Wealth. Surat is a port city situated on the banks of the Tapti river The nearest port is now in the Hazira area of Surat, home to some of the largest industrial units in India in the petroleum and natural gas sector.

How to Reach Surat

By Air : Daily flight from New Delhi
By Rail : Approx. 4 hours from Mumbai and 5 hours from Ahmedabad
By Road : Connected by National Highway 8

History of Surat

The city of Surat has glorious history that dates back to 300 BC. The origin of the city can be traced to the old Hindu town of Suryapur during 1500 – 1520 A.D., which was later colonized by the Brigus or the King from Sauvira on the banks of River Tapi. In 1759, The British rulers took its control from the Mughals till the beginning of the 20th century.

The city is located on the River Tapi and has about 6 km long coastal belt along the Arabian Sea. Due to these reasons, the city emerged as an important trade centre and enjoyed prosperity through sea trade in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Surat became the most important trade link between India and many other countries and was at the height of prosperity till the rise of Bombay port in the 17th and 18th centuries. Surat was also a flourishing centre for ship building activities. The whole coast of Tapi from Athwalines to Dumas was specially meant for ship builders who were usually Rassis.

Surat Heritage

Surat Castle:

The Surat castle is one of the ancient monuments of 16th century existing in the city and bears a significant relevance to its history. However, such a great fortification built to provide the citizens of Surat with an adequate defense against the attacks of the invaders seems to have been forgotten from the minds of the present generation. The Ahmedabad king Sultan Mahmood-III (1538-1554), who was very much annoyed by these frequent destructions of Surat, ordered for building a very strong castle and entrusted the work to Safi Agha, a Turkish soldier who had been ennobled with the title of Khudawand Khan. The work of building the castle was completed in 1546.

After the capture of Surat by the emperor Akbar (1573) the fortress remained in the charge of commandants appointed from Delhi till it was seized by the Sidhi admiral of the Mugal fleet in 1751. The Sidhi did not hold the castle for long period, as it was captured by the English in 1759 with rest of the city. Though from the first practically independent, the English held the castle nominally under the Mugal. In token of this divided command, two flags waved from the castle walls, the English ensign on the south-west, and the Moorish standard on the south-east bastion. This practice was continued till, in 1842, on the death of the last of the nawabs of Surat, the English fleet was removed from the Tapi, and the Moorish standard taken down from the castle walls. Though, as a defense against any well-equipped enemy, they have long been useless, the castle buildings initially were being kept in repair, and until the year 1862, were garrisoned by a small body of European and native troops. In that year, as no longer required, the force was withdrawn, and the vacated rooms were made over for the accommodation of the various offices connected with the revenue and police departments, in whose occupation the castle has since remained.

Mughal Sarai:

The Building which is used at present as an office complex by Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) is one of the ancient monuments of Surat city and was built originally as a ’Sarai’ or Musafarkhana (travellers’ inn). It was built during the period of Mugal Emperor Shah Jahan in the year 1644 A.D. and was popularly known as ’Mugal Sarai’. During 18th century the same building was used as jail. Since 1867 the building was occupied by the present corporation.

This building with its considerable architectural qualities as disposed by the skilful composition of its various parts combined with harmonious combination of arches, cornices, decorated parapets, sculptured patterns on the exterior facade etc. each being disposed in an artistic and effective manner upon a sound foundation with coherent strength is still intact and is in a very good state of preservation.

However, some changes are made lately in the original building but due care is taken so as not to harm the overall harmony of the structure. The central courtyard which at present is used for parking vehicles of the employees of the corporation still have huge trees in it hosting a wide variety of birds, giving it still the same touch of nature which it would have once enjoyed.

Cemeteries:

The tombs in English, Dutch and Armenian cemeteries at Surat are reckoned among the most important historical monuments in the city. It is reported that there was so much competition between the Dutch and the English in Surat to impress upon the natives their importance and power that they put mausoleums instead of tomb stones. Many of these are so ridiculously large and ornamental resembling Muslim tombs rather than the ordinary tomb stones in Europe.

One of the tomb in the Dutch cemetery is quoted as unequalled among the structures of its kind (barring a few) in Europe. However, Mr. A.F. Bellasis who had given a detailed account of these monuments and their epitaphs in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Bombay for January 1861 was evidently apprehensive that within another fifty years or so the majority of these monuments, totally uncared for as they were in his time, would disappear.

Thanks, however, to Lord Curzon’s solicitude for India’s historical monuments, and to the efforts of the Archaeological Survey of India, established forty years after Bellasis wrote and which has under its charge a legacy of monuments and archaeological sites of national importance that these cemeteries in Surat are declared as protected monuments. In-spite of this, majority of these monuments are showing the signs of serious deterioration and it is feared that if measures to conserve them are not expedited the city would loose its historic memorials of the past.

A brief description of the distinguished architectural style of the few of the important tombs in the English, Dutch and Armenian cemeteries along with their historical background is presented here.

Islamic Monuments:

Of the Islamic monuments for mosques are worth visiting. The Nausaiyid Mosque stands on the west bank of the Gopi Lake. Besides the mosques are nine warrior’s tombs. The Saiyidd Idrus Mosque (1639) has a tall minaret, which is a local landmark, and was built in honor of the ruling dynasty.

The Mirjan Sami Mausoleom (1540) was erected by Khudawand Khan, in Indo-Iranian style. It has some excellent carving and tracery. Khwaja Diwan Sahib’s Mosque (1530) is reputed to be dedicated to a Bokhara traveler who lived to the age of 116 years.

National Contribution

Surat city is one of the most important city on the industrial map of the country with many large industries developed over here. The economic base of Surat consists of textile manufacturing, trade, diamond cutting and polishing industries, intricate Zari works, chemical industries and the petrochemical and natural gas based industries at Hazira established by leading industry houses such as ONGC, Reliance, ESSAR, and Shell.

  • 42 % of the world’s total rough diamond cutting and polishing
  • 70 % of the nation’s total rough diamond cutting and polishing
  • 40 % of the nation’s total diamond exports
  • 40 % of the nation’s total man made fabric production
  • 28 % of the nation’s total man made fiber production
  • 18 % of the nation’s total man made fiber export, and
  • 12 % of the nation’s total fabric production.

The region is one of the leading city-regions in the country that has attracted massive investments of which substantial proportion is under implementation. According to CMIE 2002, the Surat City region has a proposed investment of about Rs. 11,817 Crores. In addition projects worth Rs. 2,022 Crores are under implementation. Hazira and SEZ are major focal points for growth. Given these, the prospects of rapid growth continuing is bright.

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Welcome

Traditional Welcome with Tilak

Ram Ram Sa Welcome

Performances

Kachhi ghodiLive dance and music performance all through the evening is one of the major attractions at Chokhi Dhani Village. The exposure that the local folk artists have received has revived many of the arts and crafts that were getting all but forgotten in these modern times.

Few visitors can resist the temptation to join the artists and dance with the music. Traditional snake charmers, the folk dancers sway to the lilt of the ’Been’ and beat of the drum. Their graceful and sinuous dance movements captivate all visitors.

Chokhi Dhani Village features the true fell of the desert. They sing and dance to the old folk songs of Rajasthan. You would find it hard not to join.

Tera taal Kalbeliya Kalbeliya
Kalbeliya Magician Bioscope
Ghumar Ghumar Bhopa bhopi
Astrologer Fire dance Rope show

Puppet Show

Puppet ShowThe colorful puppet show transports you into the world of valiant kings, beautiful princesses and all powerful magicians. The puppetter makes episodes and scenes from their lives come alive to give you a glimpse of their lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

 

Rides Zone

The Ride on the luxuries of the bygone era – be it camel, a horse drawn Tonga or an elephant or a bullock cart ride. Experience the excitement and fun of riding on some of the earliest modes of the transportation humans developed in this part of the world.

Camel ride Hourse cart

Have a round of whole village in style, savoring the sights and sound at a leisurely pace. It is hard to resist taking a ride on all or any one of these enjoy the ride on the mighty elephant and feel the princely feeling you never had. The most popular ride in Chokhi Dhani Village is on camel back. Take this ride to get a bird’s eye view of the entire scene and experience the thrill, especially when the animal rises from the ground and settles down to let you off its back.

Bullock cart ride developed in ancient Indus valley civilization, this is known to be one of the first and the oldest vehicle on wheels still existing. It is still used in rural India on regular basis and forms the basic mode of transportation in remote villages.

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Dining & Cuisine

khanaPerhaps the best-known Rajasthani food is the combination of dal, bati and churma(dal is lentils; bati is baked wheat ball; and churma is powdered sweetened cereal), but for the adventurous traveller, willing to experiment, there is a lot of variety available. Besides, each region is distinguished by its popular sweet - Mawa Kachori from Jodhpur, Alwar ka Mawa, Malpuas from Pushkar, Rasogullas from Bikaner, Ghevar from Jaipur to name a few.

The ancient princely state of Rajasthan gave rise to a royal cuisine. The Rajas who went on hunting expeditions ate the meat or the fowl that they brought back. Even today, Rajasthani princely feasts flaunt meat cuisines that are incomparable. Their food cooked in desi ghee is famous for it’s mouth- watering aroma. Rajasthan’s tastiest curries are based on the use of pulses or gram flour. Dry fruits, spices and yogurt are used in many delicacies. Rajasthan can also boast of a vast array of savouries and sun-dried snacks. Be it dal baati and churma or missi roti , one always ends up licking his fingers.

Your tummy will scream "No more !" But you won’t stop !!!

Sangri - The Village Dining Hall

The dining hall is renowned for the mouth watering and typical Rajasthani Food, served to you on a leaf platter in the tradition of Manuhaar. Your taste buds will remember this treat for a long time, while the warmth of service will stay in your heart forever.

The Complete Menu at Chokhi Dhani

  • Any 1 Rajasthani Sabji 
  • Any 1 Punjabi Sabji 
  • Any 1 Gujarati Sabji
  • Roti-gahuyari
  • Roti-makkari
  • Roti-bajarari
  • methi thepla
  • Dal-Bati  
  • Churma  
  • kadi besanri  
  • Khichada motth ra
  • Chawa / Veg-Pulov      
  • Jalebi /  Malpuaa
  • Papad    
  • Salad-Mix    
  • Achar kair sangri ro
  • Chhas
  • Makkhan-Dhani ro
  • Chatni Dhana ri
  • Chatni lasna ri  
  • Ghee-Dhaniro  
  • Bura
  • Chat-Choular 
  • Chhachh   

 

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