Manish Sinha

Date Added: March 15, 2011

Author: Manish Sinha

Gurgaon is a new city growing at break-neck speed. It’s modern and ancient at the sametime. It’s got Hong Kong like skyscrapers cheek by jowl with thatched huts.
Its home to many of the Fortune 500 companies. Expats regularly visit the city. And while it’s way behind its historical neighbour Delhi, Gurgaon has its share of must-sees! As a Gurgaon hotel we mostly suggest these 5 places to travelers to Gurgaon who have some time on their hands!

  1. Kingdom of Dreams. The carnival that is India is distilled into this one destination in the heart of Gurgaon. It is ideally located at the apex of the golden triangle of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi. It is close to most Gurgaon hotels!Kingdom of Dreams brings to life a blend of India’s art, culture, heritage, craft, cuisine and performing arts…all with modern technological wizardry. The must-sees here are Nautanki Mahal showcasing an extravagant cinematic and theatrical musical. Culture Gully – an elaborate culture, arts, crafts and food boulevard. Showshaa Theatre – a fabulous, colourful drama marquee spotlighting Indian mythology productions, a mock wedding show and the great Indian talent circus and IIFA Buzz – a glamorous Bollywood themed cafe. Kingdom of Dreams is a destination in itself which is capturing the imagination of the world. Make time for the Broadway style musicals! They really are awesome!
  2. Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. This is a popular weekend getaway from Gurgaon & New Delhi. It has been declared as National park by Haryana Government. It is located 40 kms distance from Dhaula Kuan in Delhi and 15 km from Gurgaon on the Gurgaon – Farukh Nagar Road. Sultanpur is ideal for birding and bird watchers. The best time to visit is in winters when a large number of migratory birds come here. Next winter when you stay at a Gurgaon hotel, please make sure you find time for Sultanpur! Approx 250 species of Birds are found at Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. Some of them are resident, while others come from distant regions like Siberia, Europe and Afghanistan. Some of the resident birds are the Common Hoopoe, Paddyfield Pipit, Purple Sunbird, Little Cormorant, Eurasian Thick-knee, Gray Francolin, Indian Roller, White-throated Kingfisher, Spot billed Duck, Painted Stork, White Ibis and many more! Best way to reach is by cab.
  3. Howzzat – Try Googly & Doosra (two of the four beers) at the cricket-themed Howzzat – India’s First Microbrewery Pub in the Galaxy Hotel in Gurgaon. The brewpub is on the second floor, and it makes its presence felt even before you walk in. Massive copper tuns behind a glass wall loom over the entrance. Walk in and the view’s even more impressive—a colourful chrome dream of a pub that Quentin Tarantino would have dreamed up, if he was a beer-guzzling cricket fanatic. The pub does go to great lengths to score on the cricket theme. The plush sofas are in the shape of gloves, while every table stem is a transparent hollow tube stuffed with cherry red cricket balls. At Howzzat! you’re encouraged to savour the beer, taste the preservative-free freshness and enjoy your cricket. Make sure you make time for Howzatt when you next stay at a Gurgaon hotel.
  4. Tikli Bottom – Tikli Bottom is a modern Lutyens style four bedroom Indian haveli which is run as a private guest house. It is about 30 km & 45 min from the Delhi International airport off the Delhi-Jaipur highway, nestling against the Aravali hills. When you have time on your hands, it’s a great alternative compared to any Gurgaon hotel!

    Four double bedrooms are offered to guests to live en famille with the owners – Martin and Annie Howard. Comfortable beds, clean air, close to Delhi; organic and tasty food and great views of the Aravallis, Tikli Bottom acts as a perfect soft landing on arrival in India, or as a tell-all-about-it safe haven before departing.

  5. Ambience Mall – Ambience Mall – Gurgaon is the largest operational shopping mall in India, with one kilometer of shopping experience on every floor.With the best location, on the border of south Delhi and Gurgaon and an 8 lane approach on national express highway NH-8. The mall offers a wide range of facilities including Premium international and domestic retail brands, Anchor stores, Hypermarket, Seven-screen multiplex cinema, Restaurants and coffee shops, Food court, Car showroom, Fitness and meditation centre, Beer garden, Bowling alley, Simulated golf course, Kids play zone, Recreational zone etc. With state of the art facilities for shopping, entertainment, food, fitness and luxury brand shopping it is a true ‘Destination Mall’.

The author, Manish Sinha runs a small Gurgaon hotel along with his wife. www.cinnamonstays.in is rated No.1 in Gurgaon by Trip Advisor. You can make a booking at [email protected]