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Gurgaon pronunciation (help·info) (Hindi: गुड़गांव) is the sixth largest city in the Indian state of Haryana. Gurgaon is the industrial and financial center of Haryana. An important town in ancient Hindu mythology, Gurgaon is one of Delhi's four major satellite cities and is part of the National Capital Region of India. Over the past 10 years the city has undergone rapid development and construction. A wave of multinational companies choose to locate their operations in Gurgaon after GE did so in 1997 which has made Gurgaon the call centre capital of the world. Multinational companies also chose to put their regional headquarters in Gurgaon instead of Mumbai or Delhi. Today, Gurgaon is regarded as the best city in India to work and the best city in India to live, according to a survey by Business Today magazine. . Yet, Gurgaon ranks a distant 11 on the "Life after Work " index of Business Today. Gurgaon has the 3rd highest per capita income in India after Chandigarh and Mumbai. The...      Read more at wikipedia...
 
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In Mahabharat times, Gurgaon was a thick forest where the ashram of Guru Dronacharya existed. It was here that Pandav and Kourav princes got their training in arms and warfare. Because of Guru Dronacharya's ashram, people started calling it the 'Gurugram' which later on changed into 'Gurgaon'. This place had been gifted by Yudhister to Guru Dronacharya, as 'guru-dakshina'.
 
Facts At A Glance
Main Languages Hindi, English, Urdu
STD Code 0124
Description
Gurgaon city being the premier commercial hub in the state of Haryana with a sizable chunk of the outsourcing industry is naturally the destination for a large number of visitors related to the big business organizations.. In addition to these, the city also attracts guests thanks to sites like the Damdama Lake, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary and the Surajkund arts and crafts festival.

Gurgaon is a major travel-cum-business destination of Haryana, North India. It is the most rapidly developing colonnade of Greater Delhi. Gurgaon has emerged as the hub of IT and home to offices of several multinational companies. The Gurgaon district of Haryana has several places of tourist interest like the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary and Damdama Lake. There are several places to see around Gurgaon too. Suraj Kund is an ideal place for picnic. One may also enjoy boating in the Rajhans Water Lake.
 
Location
Gurgaon known as "City of Malls" is situated in National Capital Region, of India, to the South of New Delhi. and to the west of Faridabad.
 
Best time to visit
Gurgaon is hot and humid in the summers, and cold in the winters. The average temperature ranges from 25?C to 46?C during summer and 2?C to 5?C during winter. The cold wave from the Himalayan region makes winters very chilly. In summers, the heat wave is immense and adequate precaution has to be taken before going out in the afternoons. The best time to visit Gurgaon is during the spring seasons of February to April and August to November. Cotton clothing is apt for the summer months whereas woolens are required for the winters.
 
How To Get There
The Indian city of Gurgaon is easily accessible through air, road and rail from the other major Indian cities and states. touristplacesinindia can arrange for you all types of transport for your comfortable journey to and in Gurgaon and throughout the Indian state of Haryana.

By Air

The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, at New Delhi. The Delhi airports link Gurgaon with most of the important cities of India and the world.

By Rail
Gurgaon Railway Station is one of the oldest Railway Station situated on the Delhi - Rewari - Jaipur Railway line route. It is at a distance of about 3 km from main old Gurgaon City. Computerized reservation facility is also available at Gurgaon Railway Station.
 
Attractions
Shri Mata Sheetla Devi Temple
The temple is located about 15 minutes drive from Atul Katariya Chowk, Gurgaon. Shri Mata Sheetla Devi Temple in Gurgaon is an important pilgrimage place.
Sai Dham Gurgaon
Sai Dham is located on Gurgaon Sohna Road inside the Uppal's Southend complex. It takes about 20 minutes drive from Rajiv Chowk Gurgaon.

There are few tourist places in and around Gurgaon. Following are the list of tourist places.

Sohna Tourist Complex
The Sohna Tourist Complex is located in Sohna which about 25 kilometer from Rajiv Chowk, Gurgaon. It is an important tourist place in Gurgaon. The tourist complex is famous for its hot water springs.

Sultanpur Lake Bird Sanctuary Gurgaon
Sultanpur Lake Bird Sanctuary in Gurgaon is only bird sanctuary to be found in the city. It is famous for different varites of birds which come as far from Siberia. There about 255 different variety of species of birds to be found. The total land area of the bird sanctuary is 260 acres. The best time to visit the Bird Sanctuary in Gurgaon is during the month of October to March.

Pataudi Palace Gurgaon
The famous Pataudi Palace is located about 30 kilometer from Gurgaon. The Pataudi Palace in Gurgaon was build in 1934.

Damdama Lake Gurgaon
The Damdama Lake in Gurgaon is one of the famous tourist place and is located on Gurgaon Sohna Road 45 minutes drive from Rajiv Chowk, Gurgaon. The lake covers an area of 3000 acres. The lake is surrounded by the Aravali Mountains.

It is one of the best place to spend the weekend holidays in Gurgaon. There is a Tourist Complex which is run by Haryana Tourism Corporation Limited. Saras Tourist Complex is located at the Damdama Lake.

DLF Golf and Country Club
The DLF Golf and Country Club is located in DLF City, Phase V, Gurgaon. Surrounded by Aravalli Mountain Ranges, DLF Golf course covers an area of about 7250 yard and is the biggest in Delhi National Capital Region.

Jaypee Greens Golf Resort
Jaypee Greens is a 18 hole Golf course in Gurgaon. Covers an ara of about 7347 yards includes 14 lakes & water bodies.


Leisure Valley Gurgaon
Leisure Valley in Gurgaon is located at Sector 29 main raod. It is one of the best open garden in Gurgaon.
 
History
A fast developing city, originally it was named 'Guru Gram' or 'Guru Gaon' (the 'village of the teacher'). According to the famous epic Mahabharata, Yudhisthir gave this land to Guru Dronacharya for teaching warfare and the use of arms to the five Pandavas when they were young. This is said to be the place where Dronacharya taught archery to the Pandavas. During the Medieval period, the people of Gurgaon have experienced changing fortunes at the hands of Muslim Rulers. It was in end of 1803 that the East India Company took over possession of Gurgaon through a treaty signed by Surji Arjungaon. The battle of Indian freedom enlisted the support and active participation of people of Gurgaon.
 
Getting Around
The city is connected with Delhi and other neighboring states via bus service and cabs or taxis. Traveling to Delhi is not a problem because you have so many buses to different parts of Delhi. If you have to travel to Delhi then the most preferred bus service would be the one in the AIIMS - Gurgaon route via Mehrauli and Dhaula Kuan. Other bus routes of DTC are Gurgaon - Karol Bagh and Gurgaon - Safdarjung. The main bus depot in Gurgaon has buses traveling to Jammu, Faridabad, Sonepat, Rohtak, Gohana, Jaipur and other places in Haryana as well as neigbouring states.

Work on Delhi Metro Rail stretch to Gurgaon has started and the project would be over by the year 2010. Metro service will connect Gurgaon to the Rajiv Chowk station in New Delhi.
 
Food & Resturants
Budget
Haldiram's, Sahara Mall GF/1F, MG Road. The local mega-outlet of the famous manufacturer of Indian sweets, but the emphasis here is on the fast food, especially their versions of Delhi chaat. Try the Raj Kachori, a crispy bowl filled with stuffing, yoghurt and spicy chutneys. All chaat are under Rs.50, or you can get a full daily thali for Rs.90. Like ususal Indian confectioners, Haldiaram's sells only vegetarian food.
Kwality, DT City Centre 2F, MG Road. Tandooris, biryani, chaat and Indo-Chinese semi-fast food at semi-cheap prices. Most meals under Rs.100.
Om Sweets, Sector 14 and Sector 31 markets , Gurgaon. Famous for sweets like dodha ,rasmalai, rasgulla etc. Gol gappa , jalebi ,kulfi and paneer tikka are some of the favourites . Indian cuisine is good, only vegetatian food is available .
Bikanerwala, Near Leisure Valley , Gurgaon. Great ambience and assortment of indian dishes like chole bhature , lassi , kulfi , dosa, chinese food, pizza . Indian cuisine is good, only vegetatian food is available. Try their Alphonso ice-cream in summers - a very exotically-packed ice-cream inside a mango!
Saleem's, DLF Phase - 4, Super Mart - 1. Specialists in tandooris, kebabs and Mughlai dishes. They have outlets in C.R. Park and Kailash Colony markets in Delhi also.
Mid-range
The MGF Metropolitan mall has a decent air-con food court on the 3rd floor, where you can get a pretty good feed for around Rs. 100.

Deez, MGF Metropolitan 3F, MG Road, tel. +91-124-4066660. Mouth-meltingly soft chicken, mutton and veg biryanis. The "medium" size pot (Rs.249) will easily feed three. Free delivery for orders over Rs.125.
Khaaja Chowk!, MGF Plaza 3F, MG Road (near NH-8). Simultaneously retro and modern, you can choose to dine at glass tables or inside a pimped-out autorickshaw. The speciality here is Indian street food, and the Great Indian Chaat Platter (Rs.130) is worthy of the name. Veg and non-veg options, lunch sets around Rs.150, in the evening around Rs.200/head.
Wow! Italia, MGF Metropolitan 3F, MG Road, tel. +91-124-4018551. Decent pasta and excellent pizza made in a wood-fired oven. Around Rs.200/300 for most 8"/13" pizzas (less for veg, more for seafood or ham). Free delivery for orders over Rs.200.
Splurge
The Odyssey Restaurant & Nightclub, 3rd Floor, Sahara Mall, Gurgaon, MG Road. http://www.theodyssey.in, 0124-4048031/32/33. One of the most famous and classiest restaurants in India. Multi cuisine; Indian, Iranian, Chinese, Continental and Thai. Chefs were flown in from Iran and Thailand to make the food more authentic. Try their Chelo kebabs and Dahi kebabs. Their desserts are also to die for!
Baujee ka Dhaba, MGF Metropolitan 3F, MG Road. A branch of the famous restaurant in Delhi's Hauz Khas, this serves up glorious North-West Frontier food (kebabs, biryani etc) in over-the-top traditional surroundings, all heavy copper plates, tribal fabrics and plastic garlic hanging from the ceiling. Even if you have lentils coming out your ears, don't miss their dhaba dal. Rs. 300.
Chor Bizarre, MGF Metropolitan FC 1-5, MG Road [12]. The local branch of the acclaimed chain, serving up Kashmiri food in eclectic surrounding like a chor bazaar (thieves market). The buffet is laid out inside an old car! Figure on Rs. 300 for a full meal.
K2, MGF Plaza 3F, MG Road, tel. +91-124-4379151. The two K's stand for "Korea" and "Karaoke", the mainstays of this hip red-and-black Korean-run restaurant-lounge. Catering largely to Delhi's small Korean expat community, the food is authentic (they even have beef!) and fairly reasonably priced. Rs. 300-500.
Nazaare Pind De, SCO 28 Sector 31. Punjabi fine dining.
Oz, MGF Plaza 3F R-02, MG Road, tel. +91-124-5019528, [13]. Stylish Middle Eastern/Mediterranean restaurant, oddly located on the top floor of a quiet furniture mall. The menu covers Arabic and Italian favorites, with fairly decent mezze (plate for two Rs.400) and a select of grills and pastas. Bar-lounge with DJ for drinks afterward. Rs. 400.
 
Places To Stay
Recently in Gurgaon a large number of good quality Hotels and Resorts have started coming up. Major Hotels in Gurgaon are Bristol Hotel, Park Plaza, Trident Hilton, Fortune Select Global and Lemon Tree Hotels are the luxury hotels in gurgaon.
 
Tourist Information Centers
Delhi Tourism & Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC)

18-A, DDA SCO Complex, Defence Colony

New Delhi - 110 024

Ph No 011-(2)4623782, 011-(2)4694859, 011-(2)4601500
 
Festivals
Gurgaon - a fast developing city of Haryana hosts many Festivals and Events. Its population is steadily increasing each day because it is the preferred destination for many BPO companies, IT industries and educational institutions. Cutting across region and religion, the large section of the population who have chosen this city as a place of residence choose to spice up their life by participating in the Festivals and Events held in Gurgaon.

On account of its close proximity to the capital of the country, many people come over from New Delhi as well to participate in the Festivals and Events in Gurgaon. They draw as many people, if not more as the plush shopping malls of Gurgaon. Some of the Festivals and Events that offer great entertainment and recreation to the people of Gurgaon are

Sohna Car Rally, Gurgaon
Held every year in the month of February, this car rally has been attracting tourists, particularly car lovers from all across the country. Cars of yesteryears head to Sohna, a beautiful hilly spot. A visit at this time of the year enables tourists to witness many motoring glories of the past. It is one of the major Events of Gurgaon.

Suraj Kund Crafts Mela
An effort of the Haryana Tourism, this fair has been gaining popularity ever since it was organized for the first time in the year 1981. The stalls sell beautiful handicrafts that reflect the admirable skills of craftsmen from all across the country. There are many stalls which serve great food. One of the prime attractions is the folk theaters which are performed at the fair premises.

The Kartik Cultural Festival, Gurgaon
Yet another initiative of Haryana Tourism coupled with the help and cooperation of other allied agencies, this fair aims at reviving the folk arts and martial arts that were on the verge of extinction. It showcases the different classical forms of Indian music and dance along with various forms of folk theatres. A visit to Cultural Festivals like these helps us to get acquainted with the essence of this nation known for its variety and diversity in every sphere.
 
Shopping
For enthusiast shoppers, there is a long streak of shopping malls in Gurgaon to follow.
Right from Sahara Mall, DLF City Centre, MGF Metropolitan, DLF Mega Mall to Vishal Mega Mart, there is a multitude of alternatives to replete shopping spree. But in terms of regard and recognition, Sahara Mall, Gurgaon Metropolitan Mall and Mega Mall Gurgaon supersede all.

Spread over an area of 3.89 acre, Sahara Mall is fascinating the visitors since March 2001. Fully decked with state-of-the-art amenities, it enthralls shoppers with its huge range of latest offerings.

Meanwhile Gurgaon's Metropolitan Mall is a full air-conditioned shopping location with the readability of seven screen multiplex, exotic food joints and lots of other enticing amenities. Positioned over the large area of 400,00 sq.ft, Gurgoan's Metropolitan mall has leading brands such as McDonald's, PVR, Nike, Shoppers Stop and Benetton. As far as the Mega Mall of Gurgaon is related, it is one another perfect destination for a shopping enthusiast to explore. Extended over 30,000 sq,ft. area, the Mega Mall of Gurgaon enchants visitors with a three screen multiplex and tenders customers with latest offerings from top brand stores of Nakshatra, Reebok and a host of many others.
 
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