Gurgaon- A Fast Developing City
About 30kms from the centre of New
Delhi and a fast developing city, Gurgaon is perhaps the most
important of all Haryana towns.
Originally it was named Guru Gram or Guru Gaon (teachers home),
and going by the Mahabharata, Yudhishtra gave the area to Guru
Dronacharya for his teachings on warfare and arms to the five Pandavas
when they were young.
This was the place where Dronacharya taught archery to the Pandavas,
and they made good use of this knowledge when they had to shoot the
Independence, Gurgaon was a fairly backward town, but after that it
rose to the occasion. Now there are a number of big industries like
Atlas and the Maruti automobile factory.
¤ Main Attractions
Not much to see here in terms of history. The Sheesh Mahal in
Farukhnagar is a rectangular double-storey building and was built by
Fauzdar Khan in AD 1733.
It is so named because of the intricate mirror decorations within.
The complex also houses a jail which was used as, well, a jail and a
There are a few other places worth seeing, like Ghaus Ali Shahs
shrine, Delhi Gate and an old mosque.
Gurgaon is perhaps the fastest developing city in northern India, and
its proximity to New Delhi helps. Real estate is booming here with new
buildings coming up faster than you can count them, and even offices
are being relocated from congested and contaminated New Delhi. Another
plus for this city is its proximity to the New Delhis
International airport which is just 15kms away.
¤ Hotels & Restaurants
A number of good hotels dot the city of Gurgaon. The best places to
stay are 32nd Milestone which has a bar, a discotheque,
go-karting and hi-tech games for kids and teenies. The Bristol is a
star hotel with a nice, homely feel to it and an excellent
confectionery. The Radisson, on the Delhi-Jaipur highway before
Gurgaon, is a little expensive but has a great Sports Bar.
You can also eat cheap in a dhaba, and food is fairly decent.