Known as a “millennium city,” Gurgaon, India, has a vast array of high-tech office parks, residential spaces and modern commercial malls.
Rapidly developed over the past two decades, the city has transformed from a small farming village to a leading commercial hub with the third-highest per capita income in the country. If you are traveling to Gurgaon, have recently moved there or are contemplating a move, here are some interesting facts about the city.
Getting around town
Gurgaon is strategically located, with its boundaries touching three states: Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. Convenient connections via Delhi-Jaipur-Ahmedabad broad-gauge rail link and NH 8 bring thousands of people to the city daily for work, travel and entertainment.
Indira Gandhi International Airport is located just outside the Gurgaon city limits and 20 minutes’ drive from the office. Uber is easy to find as well if you are looking to get around. If you are coming to the city by train and arrive at New Delhi Railway Station, you can board the Metro, adjacent to the New Delhi Station (NDS) Metro station. The Gurgaon Railway Station (GGN) may be a more convenient arrival point.
Within the city, there are many modes of transportation available, including the Rapid Metro, which stops near our Gartner offices.
Languages and lodging
English, Hindi, Haryanvi and Punjabi are the most commonly spoken languages in Gurgaon. Most people understand English, so communication will not be a barrier if that is your native language.
Renowned hospitality chains such as Crowne Plaza, Leela, Oberoi, DoubleTree by Hilton, Vivanta By Taj, Marriott, Trident and Hyatt, as well as budget hotels, offer a range of accommodations.
Dining and cocktails
Downstairs from the Gartner Cyber City 10B office, Cyber Hub is the go-to place for residents and working professionals, and boasts pubs, restaurants, cafes and bakeries. Whether you are dining solo, joining friends or planning a team dinner, Cyber Hub has excellent options such as The Wine Company, Hard Rock Café, Farzi Café, Raasta Cafe, Soi 7 Pub & Brewery, and Sutra Gastropub.
A few minutes’ drive from Cyber Hub is the new Horizon Centre, which houses our Two Horizon Centre office. Spacious with indoor and outdoor seating areas, Horizon Centre has notable restaurants such as Whisky Samba, Artusi, Town Hall and Delhi Club House.
Gurgaon is no longer just a corporate hub. The city has a vibrant nightlife with bars, clubs, breweries and lounges including Molecule Air Bar, Prankster, Ministry of Beer and Out of the Box.
Medical facilities, shopping and schools
Gurgaon is a hot spot for medical innovation, with branches of some of the most technologically advanced medical institutions in India, including Medanta Medicity, Paras Hospitals, Artemis Hospitals, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Columbia Asia Hospital and Max Hospital.
There are more than 25 shopping malls in the city. If you want to explore local markets, you can visit Sadar Bazar, Sector 14 Huda Market, Qutub Plaza, Galleria Market and Arjun Marg.
Gurgaon has many excellent schools, with national as well as international curriculums.
Fitness and sports
If you like to stay fit, there are many options to explore near the Gartner offices. Fitness First, Gold’s Gym, Elemention Gym and Cult.fit are in the vicinity and offer a variety of activities such as Zumba, yoga, aerobics, boxing and more.
The city has two major sports stadiums: Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Sector 38, which has facilities for cricket, football, basketball and other sports; and Nehru Stadium, designed for football, cricket, gymnastics and many other sports.
There are also numerous sports academies for children and individuals, such as Ryders Sports Academy and J.N.S Sports Academy, with badminton, tennis, horseback riding and more.
With all its historical sites and monuments that glorify a golden era, Delhi is more than a tourist destination. There are also a number of places near Delhi (within 300 kms) that merit a visit, such as beautiful hilltop towns in Himachal Pradesh like Shimla, Nanital, Kasauli, Mussoorie and Manali, where you can experience nature and rejuvenate.
A popular destination, Agra is one corner of the Golden Triangle, the other two being Delhi and Jaipur. Just 230 km from Delhi, Agra is known worldwide for being a city of love, architectural elegance and home to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal.
Jaipur has great historical significance and its many stories unfold when you visit the majestic courtyard houses (“havelis”) and forts that dot the city.