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"Millennium City of India"

Gurgaon Tourism

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.

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What Makes Gurgaon Special?

Adventure enthusiasts can have a whale of a time in Gurgaon, as the city offers exciting adventure activities such as paramotoring and go-karting, all of which are, of course, done under strict supervision of trained professionals.

Gurgaon is very famous for its microbreweries, and with the government allowing leeway on its strict laws, the number of such breweries across the city has rapidly shot up. You can sit back and sample a glass of freshly brewed beer to wrap the night up. Gurgaon’s nightlife is a much-talked-about topic, and the city has a plethora of bars and pubs where you can party the night away with friends.

Gurgaon has something on offer for history buffs as well. The Heritage Transport Museum, built across a sprawling 3-acre area of land, is a private museum that showcases the evolution of various kinds of transportation. Boasting of a collection of over 75 classic and vintage cars, the museum includes an aviation section as well, and you can learn all about the history of transportation, starting right from the early ages.

Much like any other cosmopolitan city, Gurgaon’s cuisine is a blend of other nearby cuisines – North Indian, Continental, Mughlai, Italian and Oriental. Gurgaon is a gastronome’s paradise, and starting from the street-side stalls to high-class restaurants, the city has something to suit every budget.

There are plenty of shopping venues in Gurgaon, with the most popular ones being Galleria Market and HUDA Market, where you can shop for anything and everything you could possibly think of, including books, TV merchandise, toys, jewellery, and of course, clothing.

History of Gurgaon

It is believed to have been named after the mythological character mentioned in the Mahabharat- Guru Dronacharya, who was given the village as an offering to the teacher by the Pandavas, known as gurudakshina (fees). In the ancient times, it was a part of the extensive kingdom ruled by the Rajputs and Jadaun. Later, it was annexed by Babur. By 1803, with the fall of the Mughal Empire, the region came under the jurisdiction of the British. After India attained independence, the area was made a part of the Punjab state. Later, in 1966, with the creation of the new state of Haryana, it came to be a part of the latter. However, the real growth of Gurugram started the 1970s, when the leading Indian automobile industry Maruti Suzuki India Limited established a manufacturing plant in the region. Since then, there was no looking back. Now Gurugram is the industrial and financial centre of Haryana. It has the 3rd highest per capita income in India after Chandigarh and Mumbai.

The Land of Dronacharya

Recently renamed Gurugram, the city of Gurgaon is believed to have existed from the age of the Mahabharata. The ancient village, where Dronacharya resided, is known to be a 'gurudakshina' from his students- the Kauravas and the Pandavas. Rich with stories of various eras- from the Mahabharata to the Mughal reign, Gurgaon is a witness to the evolution of India. An important cyber hub in the present day, Gurgaon still holds evidence of the bygone era through monuments. The region also has a number of biodiversity parks including a unique National Park-the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary.

Nightlife of Gurugram

Gurugram is replete with discos, pubs, and bars. It is the go-to place for all the party maniacs out there. Among the many micro-breweries, sports bars and jazz clubs, the most popular happening night-life places are Sector 29, Sohna Road, Golf Course Road, and Cyber City. Dotted with a plethora of party places, these areas are always buzzing with the party goers. Cherry on the cake is the Ladies’ Nights, when the pubs serve free alcohol to the ladies (this obviously done to attract the crowd and potential customers). To add to the joy, some or the other bar hosts Ladies’ Night almost every day in Gurugram.

Restaurants and Local Food in Gurgaon

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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Suggested Itinerary

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.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Well connected, well developed, exciting nightlife.

What's Not So Great?

Extreme temperatures, pollution, safety.

For Whom?

Gurgaon receives a large number of tourists from all over India. Being a metropolitan, it is the perfect place for every kind of traveller.

How To Reach Gurgaon

New Delhi has the closest airport. Buses to Manesar are easily available from both Delhi and Gurgaon. Gurgaon has its own railway station and is well connected to other parts of the country. Gurgaon also has a metro network which connects it to other parts of Delhi, Noida and Faridabad.

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Surbhi Parashar 1 year ago
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.
Snehal Singh 1 year ago
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.
Kovid Kapoor 1 year ago
- 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.
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