Celebrating most cherished moments of my life – as a amateur traveler – in different parts of the world…..
It is always difficult to decide a place for picnics especially when you have small kids. One needs to consider lot of factors before zeroing on a place. There are lot of questions which pops up – is it a baby friendly spot? Can I take food inside? Can we carry baby bags? How much time will it take to reach the place Etc. etc.
Have listed two such places which are baby/kids friendly. And the best part is, this place is for everyone. There is something for everyone from elders to kids. No one will get bored here.
Both the places are based on the village theme. One represents Haryana & Punjab and the other is built on Rajasthan set up.
The idea is to provide real life experience and insight into rural India to the people having routine hectic life in the city. It provides a perfect short break from busy schedule.
Pratapgarh Farms – Jajjar
This village is based on Haryana and Punjab theme with a bit of modern/urban touch in terms of amenities & facilities. It is important to have these facilities/amenities which we are used to in cities. The overall look and feel is of a village. The games & activities available are majorly dominated by village/rural lifestyle.
The area is divided into 6 lawns for the activities/sports:
I found three activities/rides exceptionally good which made my day.
The food is good here. It has both Buffet system and sitting system. The food includes roti, rajam/dal/vegetables similar to available in restaurants. And also village food – Bajra and Makki Roti made on chulla.
There were manji and charpai kept to sit apart from chairs.
Timing: 0900-1730 hrs.
It is advisable to go in a pleasant season to enjoy more. One would feel very hot during peak summer season.
Cost: 1,050 per pax which includes unlimited food (breakfast,lunch & snacks) and limited rides and games on all available rides.
Chowki Dhani – Sonipat
Fun, Food, Entertainment as their tagline goes, so is the experience. It is based on a village from Rajasthan. One can say Jaipur in Delhi. This brings colorful life of Rajasthani culture.
It has a huge ground space for arrangements and the overall hospitality is also good.
The things/activities includes Village Bazaar, Folk Entertainment, Animal Ride, Jyotish, Mehandi, Games like Dart, Archery, Bowling, Puppet Show, Camel Ride, Bullock Cart Ride Camel Cart Ride.
I found Puppet Show and folk dance as the highlight of this place, especially the fire part performed by the men.
It has a wonderful village theme. Charpai and Manjis are available to sit and chit chat with friends/family. I had a good time here.
Timing: 1100-1500 hrs and 1700-2300hrs. It is advisable to go in the morning during winters to enjoy sun while, at evenings during summers as it will be cooler.
Cost: 650 per pax which includes unlimited food (lunch/dinner & snacks) and limited rides and games. Need to choose any 2-3 activities from the available list. The food quality is very average here (Jaipur chouki dhani is way better than this one if compared).
Although both the picnic spots have similar theme/set-ups of a village. But are unique in their own way. It will be difficult to say which one is better among the two.
Tip: One enjoy more in a group small/big instead of one couple/family.
*chouki dhani pic sourced from internet