Naimee Khakhar, Managing Director at Chouki Dhani Motels Gujarat Private Limited
Great Companies: How did you get your idea or concept for the business?
Naimee Khakhar: WE ARE INTO HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY SINCE 1985. IN 1998; WHEN WE PURCHASED THIS LAND; WE HAD PLANNED TO MAKE A RESORT THAT SHOULD BE A TALK OF THE TOWN. AND HERE IT IS; WE HAVE RAJASTHANI VILLAGE THEME BASED RESORT THAT HAVE WON MORE THAN 30 AWARDS IN LAST 21+ YEARS TIME
Great Companies: What are the various services provided by Chouki Dhani Motels Gujarat Private Limited?
Naimee Khakhar: HERE AT CHOUKI DHANI; WE HAVE 44 ROOMS AND SUITES; THREE RESTAURANTS; THREE PARTY LAWNS; THREE BANQUET AND CONFERENCE HALLS; SWIMMING POOL WITH POOL DECK; AND MANY AMENITIES AND FACILITIES FOR GUESTS.
Great Companies: What makes Chouki Dhani Motels Gujarat Private Limited different from hundreds of other similar service providers?
Naimee Khakhar: ENTERING CHOUKI DHANI REMINDS YOU OF A VILLAGE FARE WHERE VARIOUS ARTISTS PERFORM ON DIFFERENT AREA KNOWN AS "MACHANS" TO MARK THE ONGOING CELEBRATION WITH EVERY SUNSET. WE HAVE DAILY ENTERTAINMENT LIKE RAJASTHANI TRADITIONAL DANCES; PUPPET SHOW; VILLAGE STYLE MAGICIAN; CAMEL RIDE; HORSE CART RIDE; VINTAGE STYLE TRAIN; POTTER; DAILY OLD AND NEW SONG SINGER; AND MANY MORE AMENITIES THAT NONE OTHER HOTEL – MOTEL – RESORT HAS
Great Companies: What were the struggles and challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?
Naimee Khakhar: THE TWO MAIN CONCERN IN HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY IS MAN POWER AND MONEY POWER. AS WE WERE INTO THIS INDUSTRY SINCE DECADES; WE COULD OVERCOME BOTH THE CHALLENGES. ANOTHER CHALLENGE WE HAD WAS; HERE IN RAJKOT – THE GUESTS WERE NOT HABITUATED TO TRAVEL FOR FOOD. BUT THE CONCEPT WE HAD BROUGHT MADE THEM TRAVEL IN THEIR TWO WHEELERS AND CAR TO VISIT THIS RESORT.
Great Companies: How do you plan to grow in the future? What does 5 years down the line look like for Chouki Dhani Motels Gujarat Private Limited?
Naimee Khakhar: WE ALWAYS PLAN FOR SOMETHING NEW AND INNOVATIVE THAT MAKES US FAMOUS AND LOVED BY THE PEOPLE OF RAJKOT AND GUJARAT. SOME OF THE INNOVATIONS ARE GIVING PURE VILLAGE FEEL; PROVIDE NEW VARIETY OF FOOD; TOP OF THE TOWN SERVICES. WE ARE NOW PLANNING TO START CHAIN OF OUR RESORT IN GUJARAT.
Great Companies: If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Naimee Khakhar: HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY IS A FUN; PROVIDED IT IS YOUR PASSION. MY ADVISE TO THE NEW COMERS IS DO JOIN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY ONLY IF YOU LOVE TO SERVE GOOD FOOD AND SERVICES TO YOUR GUESTS. ONCE YOU ENTER THE HOTEL INDUSTRY; YOU WILL NEVER PLAN TO DO ANY OTHER BUISNESS AS THIS IS FACINATING; INNOVATIVE; LOVABLE; AND TOURISM BUSINESS IS BOOMING LIKE ANYTHING.