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Gurgaon Beyond Skyscrapers: A Travel Guide

Once a dusty and relatively unknown suburb of the capital, today Gurgaon is one of the most modern cities of India, with an impressive skyline akin to that of Singapore and Hong Kong. With easy access to Delhi, Noida and Neemrana, Gurgaon has become popular among travel enthusiasts. From natural treasures to a thriving cultural scene and vibrant nightlife, Gurgaon has it all.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Gurgaon is from October to March. The weather during this period is pleasant with sunny days and balmy evenings, ideal for sightseeing and exploring the city. The nights are chilly and perfect to snuggle in bed sipping on a piping hot tea.

Weather

Average annual temperature: 26°C

Summers in Gurgaon are extreme. June is the hottest month when the temperature touches the 40 °C mark on the scale. The monsoon season is unpredictable with the city experiencing extreme showers and thunder-storms to very little rain. The winters are chilly and the city is blanketed by thick fog. January is the coldest month with temperatures dropping to a low of 3 °C.

Places to Visit

Gurgaon flaunts an array of unique cultural hotspots and natural treasures.

Natural Attractions

(i) Home to a myriad of bird species and exotic flora and fauna, the Sultanpur National Park and Bird Sanctuary is a popular natural site in Gurgaon. The park was established in 1989 and is the perfect place to bide time in the lap of nature.

(ii) Named after a twin stream whose sand is believed to be littered with gold, the Sohna Lake is another beautiful natural attraction of Gurgaon. Flanked by the Aravalis, the lake offers a scenic view to the visitors. The Sulphur springs near the lake are also frequented by tourists. The water of these springs is believed to hold great medicinal benefits.

(iii) The Damdama Lake in Gurgaon is the largest natural lake of the city. Its pristine blue water flows calmly against the stunning backdrop of the Aravalis. The lake has a serene vibe to it that attracts the visitors and families. You can enjoy an array of adventure activities here- Kayaking, Boating, Rock Climbing, Valley crossing etc.

Cultural Hotspots

(i) Sprawled over 3 acres, the Heritage Transport Museum is a unique private museum showcasing the evolution of transportation. The museum collection includes over 75 vintage and classic cars. The aviation section includes detailed information about the history of aircrafts. A separate section of the museum walks you through the history of transportation starting right from the wheel. Undoubtedly a paradise for history aficionados, a visit to the museum is quite a learning experience.

(ii) Located in Sector 29 of Gurgaon, The Kingdom of Dreams offers a spectacle of contemporary and modern arts fused with technology. Besides the grand entertainment performances and plays, a separate section of Kingdom of Dreams has a culture gulley with kiosks of fourteen different states, each highlighting the culture of the states. Popular among locals and visitors, a visit to this cultural hotspot is a must.

Where to Eat

Much like its cosmopolitan population, Gurgaon’s cuisine is a mix of many other cuisines- South India, North Indian, Mughlai, Continental, Oriental and Italian. This makes Gurgaon one of the best food places of the country. Be it the street kiosks and eating joints to fine dining restaurants, the tempting aroma and delicious flavors of the dishes are unparalleled.

Enjoy the diverse flavors at:

  • Restaurants of Sector 29
  • Cyber Hub
  • Cafés of Galleria Market
  • Food Court of Ambience Mall

Experience the Vibrant Nightlife of Gurgaon

As the sun sets over Gurgaon, the cityscape is brightened up with lights and gets abuzzed by the party lovers. There is no dearth of bars and clubs in Gurgaon. From breweries to jazz houses, dance clubs to sports bars, there are a plenty of options to choose from while looking for a night time adventure. Cyber Hub in DLF Phase 2 and the party circuit of Sector 29 are the most prominent party places in Gurgaon dotted by many pubs and bars.

Where to Shop

From budget market to posh streets and malls, there are many shopping venues in Gurgaon, each selling a wide array of products.

(i) Galleria Market: Much akin to its namesake in Mumbai, the Galleria Market in DLF Phase 4 of Gurgaon is one of the posh markets. From Korean Shops and heritage emporiums to book stores and party suppliers, the market spoils you for choice. Some of the best restaurants and cafés of the city are also located in this market making it famous among locals and visitors.

(ii) HUDA Market: Located in Sector 14, this famous street market is popular for junk jewelry, jute products, toys and street food.

(iii) Arjun Marg: The expansive Arjun Marg shopping complex has just about everything- ethnic wear shops, thrift stores, junk jewelry kiosks, international grocery store and the list goes on. Do try the samosas and momos while shopping in this market.

(iv) Ambience Mall: When you want a lux shopping experience, this is the place to be. The Mall has the top international brand showrooms and outlets.

MGF Metropolitan Mall, DT Mega Mall and MGF Metropolis Mall are other popular shopping destinations in Gurgaon.

Experience the Jolt of City Life in Gurgaon

Known as the ‘Millennium City’, over the years, Gurgaon has been expanding and developing at impressive pace. Despite a mix of diverse ethnic groups inhabiting the city, Gurgaon has a unifying culture that is evident in the vibrant events held in the city.

Experience the vibrant jolt of city life on your visit to Gurgaon

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About Garusha Katoch

A journalist by education, a writer by passion and a film buff by night. When I am not offering an insight into the many treasure troves of your favorite travel destinations, I like to get my dose of Truffaut and Resnais. You can catch me in quaint cafes finishing my latest book or transforming every thing that happens in a moment into ink.

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