Gurgaon Travel Guide
Places to visit
places to visit
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is about 15 km from Gurgaon . You can spot a variety of migratory birds around a natural lake.
Sohna lake is about 10 km from Gurgaon. It is best to visit after rainfall and during winters.
* Damdama Lake(1 hour drive away)
* Sheetla Mata Mandir (Ahead of Sector 14)
* Leisure Valley Park (Near IFFCO Chowk)
Get There and Around
Get there and around
Delhi's Indira Gandhi International is just across the border of Gurgaon, a fact which no doubt adds to its popularity. Check the weather to plan your travel.
Gurgaon has a small rail station on the Delhi-Jaipur railway line, but it only receives about five trains a day.
An extension of the Delhi Metro may reach Gurgaon as early as 2010.
National Highway 8 connects Delhi to Gurgaon and Jaipur. With the recent opening of 8 lane expressway, travel time from Delhi to Gurgaon has been cut down to less than 30 minutes. However, be aware that office hour peak times may still cause you a lot of heartache and delay on the road. The 8 lane expressway is now complete but is regularly jammed anyway. It's best to avoid exiting Gurgaon (to Delhi) between 6pm and 9pm. The road is additionally still victim to water logging in heavy monsoon rains.
Starting from the bus stop "IIT Gate" south of the IIT flyover of the Outer Ring Road in Delhi you can get all day and night (because of 24h service for call centres) jeeps and cars with yellow plates carrying you for Rs. 10 (Aug 2007) to places like the Bristol hotel or the IFFCO chowk. Sitting in these cabs at peak times means to use the normal back bench of a car with 3 to 4 other people and without AC, but at off times you travel in the comfort of a taxi without paying more than Rs. 10!
Public transport within Gurgaon is, in a word, terrible. However there are some intracity mini-buses which go from Gurgaon Bus Stand (near Police Lines) to Mall region and ahead on the MG (Mehrauli-Gurgaon) road. Cost is Rs.6 per head. Ladies don't need to worry about travelling in these buses as most often than not, the conductor ensures that the lady gets a seat.
Cycle Rickshaws are not bad actually - they demand Rs.10 per head for a distance of 1.5-2kms. So it helps when you can't walk but would like to still get there.
Gurgaon has been under the control of a succession of rulers of Delhi and their appointees, including Yaduvanshi Rajputs, Tughlaks, Khanzade Muslims and Mughals.. During the British rule in India, Gurgaon was integrated into the Punjab Province where it served as district and tehsil headquarters. After India's independence, Gurgaon, rather every part of what today is Haryana was a part of the state of Punjab until the reorganization of Punjab in 1966, when Punjab was divided into Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh thus forming Haryana.
Gurgaon remained a small farming village while neighbouring Delhi emerged as India's political capital. Delhi's economic rise attracted a large influx of laborers from neighboring regions like Rajasthan and Bihar rapidly increasing Delhi's population. By early 1990s, Delhi was one of the most populous and crowded cities in the world and the need for a satellite city became more apparent. Gurgaon seemed like an ideal choice given its vast undeveloped farming lands and proximity to Delhi. Haryana Urban Development Authority bought large areas of land from farmers in Gurgaon and developed residential and commercial sectors.
In the 1990s the Government of Haryana reformed their tax laws, thereby attracting private companies to build world-class buildings in Gurgaon. The close proximity of Delhi International Airport also attracted private firms. The recent completion of the privatized Delhi-Gurgaon expressway provides Gurgaon with world-class connectivity to Delhi International Airport, which has in turn attracted even more firms to locate their offices in Gurgaon