Once little more than a dull and comparatively unknown suburb of the national capital region, today, Gurgaon is not only one of the most urbanised cities of India, but it also boasts of a skyline that can easily rival those of Hong Kong and Singapore. Easily accessible from Delhi and Noida, Gurgaon is fast becoming a popular travel destination among holidaymakers. Starting from natural treasures to a flourishing lifestyle and a vibrant nightlife, Gurgaon has everything you could need.
Contrary to what you might expect from a landlocked city, Gurgaon actually has quite a few attractions for nature lovers. Home to a vast variety of unique flora and fauna as well as bird species, the Sultanpur National Park and Bird Sanctuary is a place where you can go to sit back and relax amidst nature. Another popular tourist attraction is the Sohna Lake, which is named after a stream whole sand is believed to contain gold particles (thus the name 'Sohna'). Offering a scenic view of the Aravalli mountains, the Sohna Lake is a popular picnic spot among both locals and tourists.
The largest natural lake of the city, however, is Damdama Lake, which apart from being a place where you can lie back and unwind, also offers adventure activities such as kayaking, rock climbing, boating and valley crossing. You can even sit and fish at the lake as you watch the sunset behind the Aravallis, painting the sky magnificent hues of red and orange.
The city of the millennials, of rapid growing skyscrapers, of the incessantly increasing MNCs, of colourful pubs and social nights, Gurugram- one of the four satellite towns of New Delhi, is brimming with development and growing industrial activities. Gurgaon derived its name from the name of Guru Dronacharya; as the village was given as gurudakshina (offering to a teacher) to him by his students; the Pandavas and hence it came to be known as Guru-gram, which in course of time got distorted to Gurgaon. Thus, the district has been in existence since the times of Mahabharata. Gurgaon is surrounded by Delhi & Rajasthan. Gurgaon is also the second largest city in the Indian State of Haryana and is the industrial and financial centre of Haryana. It has the 3rd highest per capita income in India after Chandigarh and Mumbai, thanks to the rapid commercialization and growth of the city in the past 15 years. Among the major reasons why Gurgaon attracts visitors are the Sohna Lake, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Damdama Lake and the Kingdom of Dreams. Gurgaon's nightlife and shopping scene are extremely happening, thanks to Ambience Mall, the biggest mall in India. Gurgaon is also famous for its pubs and breweries, its cafes and restaurants. However, Gurgaon has been in limelight for some wrong reasons as well citing safety issues, especially for women.
One of the biggest IT hubs of the country- Gurgaon is where I study. I visited Ambience mall and found all the famous brands there. Sector-29 is a fun place to hangout with your friends. Cyberhub is my favourite and a ?must visit? spot of this city. Kingdom of Dreams and Damdama lake are the best places to visit with family.
- First week in January can be extremely cold and foggy, so carry appropriate clothing.
- Be careful with auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers and always negotiate on prices.
- Be careful in the night after 10pm and move only in your vehicle or in a radio cab as the other options might be a little unsafe.
Day 1: Arrive in the city and visit the famous Kingdom of Dreams. Enjoy the cultural and Bollywood events and dances, presented by the world-class artists. Indulge in ice-skating in I skate. Spend a relaxed evening in the Leisure Valley Park.
Day 2: Dedicate one full day to Sultanpur National Park Bird Sanctuary. It is considered a bird watching haven and houses more than 250 birds varieties, some resident and some migratory. Visit the nearby Damdama Lake.
Day 3: Visit the renowned Sheetla Mata Mandir and spend some spiritual time. In the evening you can visit the Cyber City and choose any of the many restaurants to have a sumptuous dinner.
Gurgaon, being the hub of industry, commerce and all the city glitter that it is, has countless options that vary in styles, genres, themes, sizes and more. While the most widespread would be the flavors and richness of North Indian cuisine, one can find delicacies from around India and the world in its fine dining places or the elaborate street food joints and Dhabas.
The few essentials of the North Indian food, that you must try, while in the area include Paneer countless mouth watering versions of chicken and the delicious Dals You can also try various kinds of Parathe, Keema and Egg delicacies , while the Chhole Kulche of the area, be it at a restaurant or on the streets, just cannot be missed. Other than these, indulge in the finest bakeries and cafes as well as the popular pubs and breweries which give Gurgaon a distinct tint and a young identity of its own.
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