Gurgaon - India’s new hipster cyber city, Find it out, How?

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Gurgaon may not be the top of your travel itinerary when travelling to more tourist-centric places like Delhi, Mumbai or Goa. The fact is Gurgaon is home to Indian’s financial and technology hub and what it lacks by way of offering historical monuments, golden beaches or the scenic beauty of the mountainous Northern India, it more than compensates with its’ lively night life, booming cultural scene and gastronomy attracting the younger party set like a magnet.

This unique satellite city is merely 30 kilometers south west of Delhi and has all the makings of what a thriving modern city has to offer. Here are our top tips for hanging out in this uber cool city.

Foodie Paradise

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Cyber Hub is located near big corporate offices where most office workers throng to after work. The hub is popular for its variety of restaurants and catering to all manner of tastes from authentic Parsi food to European cuisines, cafes to bars. Cyber Hub gets packed to the gills on weekends or on any other festive occasions.

Spot of retail therapy

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They say a spot of retail therapy always soothe the soul and Gurgaon has that shopping appeal. For shopaholic’s, the popular shopping centres include the Shopping Mall, DLF Phase 1 where you can catch bargains if you are after branded jeans, formal wear, children’s garments, casual or seasonal wear. Sector 14 Market is your local market where you can bargain to your heart’s content for goods such as jewellery, books, mobile phones and electronic items. Sadar Bazar is Gurgaon’s oldest, busiest and the main market and cheaper by a stretch than the rest. It is India’s largest premium shopping complex, Ambience Mall at Ambiance Island at National Highway 8 has one kilometre of branded shopping outlets, entertainment zones, food court, beer garden as well as a concert space. Seriously what is there not to like? Other retail centres include DLF City Centre Mall and Gurgaon Central Mall.

Nightlife in Gurgaon

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For those inclined to party on after hours, Kingdom of Dreams (opens from 12.30pm until midnight) is on offer. The Auditorium complex located at Sector 29 provides live entertainment and daily performances. There is an indoor food street, the Culture Gully where you can sample food from across India as well as shop for local handicrafts.

Escape from the city

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life for some peace and quiet at lush green surroundings of the Leisure Valley Park (open daily from 5am to 10pm; free entry) in Sector 29. Parked right in the middle of Gurgaon, this green haven is a draw for nature lovers and in the evening, it becomes a venue for musical concerts.

Weekend get away

If you are craving for some quiet time away from the shopping and hectic nightlife, then a trip to Damdama Lake feels like a balm for the weary. One of the largest natural reservoirs in the Sohna Region of the Gurgaon district, the site draws nature enthusiasts and it’s ideal for boating as well.

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A trip to the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary located 15 kiometres away from Gurgaon centre on the Gurgaon-Farukh Nagar road is another option for a weekend break. For the Twitchers, this bird paradise attracts migratory birds such as the Siberian crane, Asian koel, Eurasian widgeon comb duck and greater flamingoes in the winter and at other times, you can catch cormorant, painted stocks, white ibis and rose winged parakeet.

For a touch of historical and cultural break, head over to the Heritage Transport Museum, India’s first transport museum located 35 kilometres from Gurgaon. It was inspired by similar venues in Los Angeles and London. The 90,000 square feet venue is a vintage automobile treasure trove hosting a collection of classics such as the 1924 Ford, 1932 Chevrolet and 1935 Buick together with vintage scooters, bullock carts and palanquins amongst the others.

For photography enthusiasts, you cannot miss the Museo Camera (Vintage Camera Museum) showcasing a collection of over 1000 analog camera models including Sinar deemed as the Rolls-Royce of cameras and prints spanning over 100 years. The visionary behind this vintage museum is the celebrated Indian photographer, Aditya Arya whose collections dates back to the 1880’s. There are now plans to make the museum the world’s largest dedicated to the history of photography.

Staying in Gurgaon

One is spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation and like any other city, you will find plenty of options from branded chains to independent hotels. However, more and more travelers are opting for the service apartments mainly for their size, space, privacy and not quite so expensive as the hotels.

How to get to Gurgaon from Delhi

If you are flying into Delhi international airport, Gurgaon is a mere half an hour’s drive and are well serviced by taxis. The Yellow Line of Delhi Metro will take you directly from Rajeev Chowk, the centre of Delhi, to HUDA City Centre, the centre of Gurgaon. This same line serves Sikandarpur metro station, where you change and connect to the Gurgaon Rapid Metro that will take you to Cyber Hub and other areas inside Gurgaon.

As a cyber city, Gurgaon is the perfect target for inward investments and that has opened doors for employment opportunities in multinational and local business organisations. But it is also fast becoming a preferred destination all on its own and its reputation for being a hip city is already deeply entrenched.