Colourful Noida Haat and Lively Chokhi Haveli || Cultural Center in the Heart of Noida, NCR

We finally broke our long hiatus from moving about in the city this weekend. It was quite a while that we had been hearing about Chokhi Haveli - A Rajasthani Cultural experience in the heart of Noida. The tickets to the place were available on BookMyShow at Rs 500/person. We found it interesting and decided to try it out. Since it was open air, we felt it would be safer than closed spaces during pandemic. Also, February is probably the best month to be hanging out in the Sun during the day.

We finally broke our long hiatus from moving about in the city this weekend. It was quite a while that we had been hearing about Chokhi Haveli - A Rajasthani Cultural experience in the heart of Noida. The tickets to the place were available on BookMyShow at Rs 500/person. We found it interesting and decided to try it out. Since it was open air, we felt it would be safer than closed spaces during pandemic. Also, February is probably the best month to be hanging out in the Sun during the day. 

The word Chokhi means special or beautiful. A similarly named, much larger enterprise is "Chokhi Dhani", which means a special/beautiful village. This is "Chokhi Haveli", which as the name indicates, is much smaller than Chokhi Dhani, and is located in Sector-33A, close to the City Center Metro Station. You can take the metro and then take an e-rickshaw to the place. The compound has ample open as well as basement parking, so you can drive down as well. Parking is very cheap. For 20 Rs, you can park your car here for the entire day.


The word Chokhi means special or beautiful. A similarly named, much larger enterprise is "Chokhi Dhani", which means a special/beautiful village. This is "Chokhi Haveli", which as the name indicates, is much smaller than Chokhi Dhani, and is located in Sector-33A, close to the City Center Metro Station. You can take the metro and then take an e-rickshaw to the place. The compound has ample open as well as basement parking, so you can drive down as well. Parking is very cheap. For 20 Rs, you can park your car here for the entire day.

The word Chokhi means special or beautiful. A similarly named, much larger enterprise is "Chokhi Dhani", which means a special/beautiful village. This is "Chokhi Haveli", which as the name indicates, is much smaller than Chokhi Dhani, and is located in Sector-33A, close to the City Center Metro Station. You can take the metro and then take an e-rickshaw to the place. The compound has ample open as well as basement parking, so you can drive down as well. Parking is very cheap. For 20 Rs, you can park your car here for the entire day. 

We parked our car in the basement and, probably because we had reached early (at 12;30), the basement was very empty and we were anxious about leaving our car there. However the staff at Chokhi Haveli assured us that the car would be perfectly safe. However, the image of that empty basement was at the back of our minds throughout our stay at the Haveli. In case you too experience this unease, you can exit the basement parking and after that there is one compound with open parking that feels safer. We discovered this complex only when we were leaving.


We parked our car in the basement and, probably because we had reached early (at 12;30), the basement was very empty and we were anxious about leaving our car there. However the staff at Chokhi Haveli assured us that the car would be perfectly safe. However, the image of that empty basement was at the back of our minds throughout our stay at the Haveli. In case you too experience this unease, you can exit the basement parking and after that there is one compound with open parking that feels safer. We discovered this complex only when we were leaving.

We parked our car in the basement and, probably because we had reached early (at 12;30), the basement was very empty and we were anxious about leaving our car there. However the staff at Chokhi Haveli assured us that the car would be perfectly safe. However, the image of that empty basement was at the back of our minds throughout our stay at the Haveli. In case you too experience this unease, you can exit the basement parking and after that there is one compound with open parking that feels safer. We discovered this complex only when we were leaving. 

The Haveli itself is a ticketed compound within the Noida Haat, which we will touch upon later. The ticket, as I mentioned earlier, is Rs. 500/person. Chai Pakode, Lunch are included in the ticket. Also available inside are cultural programs such as a kathputli show, which is included as well along with various song and dance performances. You can also try your hands at pottery, which VJ tried with hilarious results. There are artists picking needles with their eyes, dancing with multiple matkas stacked on their heads. At one point, several members of the audience too went on the stage and started dancing to some very familiar Rajasthani tunes.


The Haveli itself is a ticketed compound within the Noida Haat, which we will touch upon later. The ticket, as I mentioned earlier, is Rs. 500/person. Chai Pakode, Lunch are included in the ticket. Also available inside are cultural programs such as a kathputli show, which is included as well along with various song and dance performances. You can also try your hands at pottery, which VJ tried with hilarious results. There are artists picking needles with their eyes, dancing with multiple matkas stacked on their heads. At one point, several members of the audience too went on the stage and started dancing to some very familiar Rajasthani tunes.

The Haveli itself is a ticketed compound within the Noida Haat, which we will touch upon later. The ticket, as I mentioned earlier, is Rs. 500/person. Chai Pakode, Lunch are included in the ticket. Also available inside are cultural programs such as a kathputli show, which is included as well along with various song and dance performances. You can also try your hands at pottery, which VJ tried with hilarious results. There are artists picking needles with their eyes, dancing with multiple matkas stacked on their heads. At one point, several members of the audience too went on the stage and started dancing to some very familiar Rajasthani tunes. 

Chai pakode are available throughout the day and lunch starts at 1 and goes on till 4:30. The menu is standard Rajasthani affair - papad, daal baati choorma, kadi, gatta curry, Khichdi, and Gond no pak Halwa. It is a vegetarian affair. So if you are looking for laal maas, this is not the place for you. Food was tasty, but quite heavy and spicy. We couldn't eat as much as we had planned we would. :)

Chai pakode are available throughout the day and lunch starts at 1 and goes on till 4:30. The menu is standard Rajasthani affair - papad, daal baati choorma, kadi, gatta curry, Khichdi, and Gond no pak Halwa. It is a vegetarian affair. So if you are looking for laal maas, this is not the place for you. Food was tasty, but quite heavy and spicy. We couldn't eat as much as we had planned we would. :)

Chai pakode are available throughout the day and lunch starts at 1 and goes on till 4:30. The menu is standard Rajasthani affair - papad, daal baati choorma, kadi, gatta curry, Khichdi, and Gond no pak Halwa. It is a vegetarian affair. So if you are looking for laal maas, this is not the place for you. Food was tasty, but quite heavy and spicy. We couldn't eat as much as we had planned we would. :) 

If you can, try to go there during weekdays. We visited on weekend and discovered that lunch on weekends is a buffet, whereas on weekdays, they serve it in traditional Rajasthani style, which will definitely be better experience. This decision makes sense considering heavier footfall over the weekend.

If you can, try to go there during weekdays. We visited on weekend and discovered that lunch on weekends is a buffet, whereas on weekdays, they serve it in traditional Rajasthani style, which will definitely be better experience. This decision makes sense considering heavier footfall over the weekend.  

Anyway, we roamed around for about an hour, had food, and headed out. The Haveli wasn't too lively during the day. I suspect it would probably be much more happening at night. Also, as days get warmer, I suspect, evenings will be the only time when you can visit the Chokhi Haveli.

Anyway, we roamed around for about an hour, had food, and headed out. The Haveli wasn't too lively during the day. I suspect it would probably be much more happening at night. Also, as days get warmer, I suspect, evenings will be the only time when you can visit the Chokhi Haveli.

Anyway, we roamed around for about an hour, had food, and headed out. The Haveli wasn't too lively during the day. I suspect it would probably be much more happening at night. Also, as days get warmer, I suspect, evenings will be the only time when you can visit the Chokhi Haveli. 

Same goes for the Noida Haat that surrounds the Chokhi Haveli. It is a good, open space with several shops selling art, accessories, ceramic, and fabrics / clothes. The place has a Dilli-Haat - ish vibe though it will take a few years for it to get to the same level of Coolness. There are icecream-parlours and chat stalls, but it needs more eating places to make it more attractive and vibrant. We didn't spend too much time here, but it does seem like a place you can pick a few things from if you are shopping-oriented.

Same goes for the Noida Haat that surrounds the Chokhi Haveli. It is a good, open space with several shops selling art, accessories, ceramic, and fabrics / clothes. The place has a Dilli-Haat - ish vibe though it will take a few years for it to get to the same level of Coolness. There are icecream-parlours and chat stalls, but it needs more eating places to make it more attractive and vibrant. We didn't spend too much time here, but it does seem like a place you can pick a few things from if you are shopping-oriented. 

In general, Noida is a very cool place to live. True, it isn't as upmarket as Gurgaon, and, true, it is more laid back as compared to Gurgaon. But it is clean and green and there are many things that the city can be proud of. We will talk about those later, but one thing that the city lacks are places to explore. With this Noida haat, one option has come up. More development is happening and hopefully the city will grow from strength to strength.

In general, Noida is a very cool place to live. True, it isn't as upmarket as Gurgaon, and, true, it is more laid back as compared to Gurgaon. But it is clean and green and there are many things that the city can be proud of. We will talk about those later, but one thing that the city lacks are places to explore. With this Noida haat, one option has come up. More development is happening and hopefully the city will grow from strength to strength.  

We finally broke our long hiatus from moving about in the city this weekend. It was quite a while that we had been hearing about Chokhi Haveli - A Rajasthani Cultural experience in the heart of Noida. The tickets to the place were available on BookMyShow at Rs 500/person. We found it interesting and decided to try it out. Since it was open air, we felt it would be safer than closed spaces during pandemic. Also, February is probably the best month to be hanging out in the Sun during the day.

Comments

Rahul Bhatia said…
Interesting place! Thanks for giving a peek:)
Thanks Rahul for sharing your viewpoint. If you visit Chokhi Haveli, please do share back about your experience.

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