Gurgaon

Where modern India meets ancient Bharat: workers crushing bricks by hand in front of a 21st century office building

Gurgaon (गुड़गांव) is a suburban city of India's capital Delhi, just outside the National Capital Territory, in the state of Haryana.

Understand

Not long ago a sleepy suburb of Delhi, Gurgaon now boasts over a million inhabitants, slick office complexes housing companies ranging from Accenture to Xerox, and more shopping malls per square mile than anywhere else in India. Alas, the infrastructure is still struggling to catch up with the boom and there's plenty of dust and traffic jams, but it's still an exhilarating glimpse into the India of the future.

Climate

Gurgaon has the typical north Indian climate, almost the same as that of Delhi: expect cold, foggy winters, drenching monsoons and scorching hot, dusty summers. Winter runs from early November till mid-February; usually January is the coldest month. In winters, temperatures may even drop to 2 degree Celsius. In March and April the temperature is pleasant. The summer starts in May and goes till July, with temperatures exceeding 40 deg C at times. The heat is broken by the monsoon in mid-July, which pours rain until mid-September.

Get in

By plane

Delhi's Indira Gandhi International is just across the border of Gurgaon, a fact which no doubt adds to its popularity.

By train

The northeastern part of Gurgaon is served by the Yellow Line of the Delhi Metro, which runs from NH-8's IFFCO Chowk crossing along MG Road over the border towards Qutub Minar, Saket and straight to Connaught Place. Travel time is about 50 minutes, with tickets ₹25 one way.

Gurgaon also has a small rail station on the Delhi-Jaipur railway line, but it only receives about five trains a day. The Station is near The colony bhim Garh Kheri Part 2.

By bus

DTC and Haryana Roadways buses runs down National Highway 8 in Delhi. Buses to Gurgaon can be best boarded at Dhaula Kuan (on the Inner Ring Road). Alternatively, there is a small dedicated Gurgaon-bound bus terminal at Karol Bagh near the unmissable 100-foot Hanuman statue, a five-minute walk west of Jhandewala Metro station or a short cycle rickshaw ride (₹10) from Karol Bagh metro station. Buses cost ₹22 one-way. Also Haryana Roadways, Mewat and Kamal (Private buses) runs from Sarai Kale Khan to Gurgaon Bus Stand whole day. Also there is frequent service of DTC buses between Gurgaon Bus Stand to Badarpur Border via Mehrauli and Khanpur.

By road

National Highway 8, now an eight-lane expressway, connects Delhi to Gurgaon and Jaipur. Travel time is under 30 minutes in optimal conditions, but is regularly jammed during peak hours. The road is additionally still victim to water logging in heavy monsoon rains.

Get around

Public transport within Gurgaon is, in a word, terrible. One ray of hope is Rapid Metro Gurgaon , opened November 2013, the first phase of which connects Delhi Metro's Sikanderpur station with the office district near NH-8 with a 5 km loop line. Trains run every 5 min or so, the fare is a flat ₹12 and you can use Delhi Metro's smart cards. A southward extension along Golf Course Road is in the works but will not open until 2015 at earliest.

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 ₹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 ₹10!

Other than that, the main option is cycle rickshaws, who are notoriously mercenary. The fare is supposed to be around ₹20 per head for a distance of 1.5-2 km, but it's not unheard of to be asked for 10x this amount.

There are some intercity mini-buses which go from Gurgaon Bus Stand (near Police Lines) to Mall region and ahead on the MG (Mehrauli-Gurgaon) road. Cost is ₹20 per head. Ladies don't need to worry about traveling in these buses as most often than not, the conductor ensures that the lady gets a seat.

Taxis and rental cars are also available. The easiest way to book them is online at ZipMyTravel.com7mcar.comeasycabsindia.comecabs.inGetMeCab.comwww.paultravels.com or www.cabgurgaon.com.

See

Do

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Other activities

Buy

MGF Metropolitan

Shopping malls abound in Gurgaon, mostly along the central thoroughfare of Mehrauli-Gurgaon (MG) Road. The best way to get there is via private mini-buses from Gurgaon Bus-stand near Jain Temple and say "Mall". A one-way ticket costs ₹5.

Eat

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

Most of Gurgaon's nightlife spots are tucked away where else? on the top floors of malls.

Sleep

Demand far outstrips supply in Gurgaon and prices are terribly inflated; it's hard to find any halfway decent bed for the night for under $200. If comparing prices in Gurgaon and Delhi, remember that Delhi hotels charge tax on the rack rate, while Haryana (Gurgaon) hotels don't.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Manesar

Stay safe

Hospitals

Hospital Name Address Emergency Numbers
Medanta Sector 32 7838859373, 09717156157,09811179946
Paras Sushant Lok 124-4585666
Umkal Sushant Lok 124-4100000
Max Healthcare Sushant Lok 011-40554055
Artemis Sector 51 124-6767000
Uma Sanjivani DLF Phase-2 124-2350960
Columbia Asia Palam Vihar 124-3989896
Alchemist Golf Course Road 9891903659
Kalyani MG Road 124-2303101
Civil Civil Lines 124-2321121

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