Once a quiet suburb of Delhi, Gurgaon has blossomed into a thriving city of over one million people. The city is known as one of the shopping capitals of India and has many shopping malls, including the massive DLF Mega Mall and MGF Metropolitan. There are also a number of cultural opportunities to view art and the history of the area. A wave of international companies such as Coca-Cola have made Gurgaon one of the most prosperous suburbs of Delhi.
- Kingdom of Dreams
- Gurgaon Sahara Mall
- Sultanpur National Park Bird Sanctuary
- Swim and plummet down the waterslides at Gurgaon’s Wet and Wild Resort
- See contemporary Indian art at the Devi Art Foundation
- Catch an exciting cricket match at Tau Devi Lal Stadium
Getting There & Around
Gurgaon can be reached by plane via the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The Yellow Line of the Delhi Metro also services the area to Connaught Place, which takes a little less than an hour. Many people come from Delhi by National Highway 8.
The public transport in Gurgaon is not good, so most people get around by motorized rickshaw or private car.
The Gurgaon Rundown
Once a small fishing village, India’s Gurgaon has grown into a sophisticated urban city. High-rise buildings, large modern hospitals, and new areas like Cyber City greet tourists as they visit and explore the city. Leisure parks like Kingdom of Dreams, as well as golf courses provide recreation and a great way to spend the day with family and friends. Retail stores are abundant in Gurgaon, and travelers can discover more than 40 different malls such as Ambiance, Metropolitan and Sahara.
For sports enthusiasts, Gurgaonhas plenty of stadiums like Tau Devi Lal and Nehru, where games of cricket, football or basketball can be watched. For a bite to eat and a night out on the town, this Indian city offers plenty of wine bars, restaurants, bars and dance clubs. For international visitors, take note that the drinking age in this Delhi suburb is 25 years old, which is slightly higher than other countries. Gurgaon,although growing, still has some kinks to work out with some public services, however travelers will find this city in India a fun, enjoyable and welcoming holiday spot.
When to Go
The Delhi area, including Gurgaon, has a climate that can be somewhat unforgiving. Extremely hot summers, monsoon rains and frigid winters leave tourists short windows of opportunity to visit. From April to October, the summer temperatures can be scorching, while the winter months of December and January see freezing temperatures. From July to September, flooding from heavy rains can leave roads submerged and impassable. The best time to visit Gurgaon is from February to March or October to November, which offer pleasant temperatures and nice weather.
- February to March (spring): 24°C (74°F)
April to October (summer): 39°C (101°F)
October to November (fall): 28°C (82°F)
The Indira Gandhi International Airport is right across the border from Gurgaon. This large airport has several terminals and many amenities for travellers coming into the country, including rail and taxi services.
Gurgaon is served by the Delhi Metro, which runs daily and provides tourists with transportation to destinations like Qutub Minar, Saket and Connaught Place. Gurgaonis also a stop on the Delhi to Jaipur railway; the number of trains each day is rather limited.
The DTC and Haryana buses travel down Delhi’s National Highway 8. Buses going to Gurgaonshould be boarded at Dhaula Kuan or in Karol Bagh.
- By air: Indira Gandhi International Airport fights will bring you to and from the Gurgaon region as well as to other national and international destinations
- By train: Hop on the Delhi Metro to visit must-see tourist spots
- By bus: DTC and Haryana buses will get you to Gurgaon on a budget
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