Chokhi-Dhani was our Desert camp at Thar during our road trip in Rajasthan in December, 2011.
On a first glance, Chokhi-Dhani emulates a long lasting impression. The desert camp near Sam sand dunes will make you awestruck with its marvellous grandeur within rustic desert habitat. When you come here, you come with a package that includes stay, all food and camel safari.
The entire encampment has two parts. First part is the village, where you have several entertainment options in the evening including games, live music, dances, magic and puppet shows, and the big dining hall. The second part is separated by a wall, which is the residential area. The residential area includes series of semi-permanent Swiss tents, on elevated solid foundation. The interior is just like a normal hotel room with comfortable beds, antic furniture, TV (not functioning in our tent), intercom and a surprisingly well equipped attached toilet. It has supply of 24 hrs hot and cold water. However, tents are not airproof (not expected also), so you will shiver, when chilly wind guesses in through gaps within tents. It truly gives true feel of a desert night. This was really impressive when such luxury is provided within the desert.
After a memorable camel safari, when you come back, the entertainment programs begin. However, in December, it was chilly and windy outside, therefore, the entertainment programs was bit flop. We felt sympathetic to the performers, who were waiting in in chilly outside for spectators to arrive, but it was really few people ventured out. They were giving us individual performances, which was good but not as expected. The food was awesome, with complete Rajasthani vegetarian meal, which was served in typical traditional styles. The breakfast was also good.
Overall, it created an indelible impact down the memory lane.
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