A city of money, a city of young India, a city of contrasts, and a city of malls—there are many words to define Gurgaon. But a place is actually an organism—constantly stirring; ever evolving; vastly complex; rich in heredity; acting and reacting to its surroundings; always hiding more than what it presents—and words can never define them entirely
Gurgaon is one such 21st-century organism.The exoskeleton of Gurgaon is made of steel, cement and glass, its veins an intricate network of fiber optic cables, carrying digital data from a twenty-something Indian techie to resolve a grandmother’s woes in New York. On the other hand, the arteries of Gurgaon—its roads—remain heavily clogged as young India continues to arrive here, demanding and creating his own space.Sometimes a maddening city (because of power, water and road issues), and sometimes a haven (for its posh, high-rising offices and housing; for its world-class malls and golf clubs; for its centers of entertainment), Gurgaon presents contrasting images of a cosmopolitan city. Known as Guru Gram or Guru Gaon, it is believed that the Pandavas and Kauravas (from the epic Mahabharata) had gifted their teacher Dronacharya this ancestral village. Once an agricultural trade center, Gurgaon has become an IT, manufacturing and services hub in a matter of a few decades. Most of the young Indians here are migrants and, living far from their friends and families, have given rise to unique hobby groups—from night walking and jogging to playing music and golf.Had the classic novelist Charles Dickens seen the city of Gurgaon, he would have probably quipped: “It is the best of India, it is the worst of India.” Yes, one can do a lot more in Gurgaon than just visit malls. The locals prefer popular getaways like Damdama lake, Sohna lake and the Lost lake. These sites offer much-needed calm and greenery. They also have ideal hiking and cycling trails.Head out to the forest area of Aravalli Biodiversity Park. Make sure to carry your phone or camera—a peacock may be awaiting you at the next bend!Gurgaon’s connection with the great Mughals can be seen in the architecture of Qutub Khan's Tomb.For a glitzy take on India’s culture, heritage and cuisine, visit the latest star attraction of the city, the Kingdom of Dreams, a theatrical and musical experience. The city is conveniently connected to New Delhi by highway and Delhi Metro. Auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and city buses are available, too. Private taxis can also be hired to take you around. Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) schemes, such as Rent-a-Cycle, are also being considered.Get ready to face some major traffic jams. If you are driving, watch out for that hole in the middle of the road!Women must be careful while roaming at night. Avoid traveling alone after dark
Gurgaon is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in New Delhi at a distance of 13kms.
Airports: Indira Gandhi International Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Gurgaon from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Gurgaon