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OUR ODE TO GURGAON, INDIA
PART 4, HOW TO GET TO GURGAON

The closest and safest way to reach Gurgaon city is by Delhi as Gurgaon is located right next to the capital.

If you fancy a drive on wheels, you can enjoy a trippy drive on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, a popular stretch connecting the southern tip of Delhi to Gurgaon.

While driving on this road to Gurgaon, on either sides, you will find a gamut of stores, mostly fashionable and often high–end, specializing in home decor, furniture, and arts and crafts.

I suggest stopping for a five to ten minutes as you may be tempted to pick up some luscious designs and colorful themes to place around your home.

The Mehrauli- Gurgaon Road begins from the worldly renowned architectural sight of Qutab Minar in New Delhi and takes you all the way to Gurgaon.

Best you take this route in a sedan with a well-qualified driver.

Replete with traffic lights, totaling seven in their present tally,  this curvy path possesses more bends and sharp turns than you might find on a Formula One track (for racing fans, think chicanes).

Then add commercial drivers and logistics transporters to this thoroughfare, and you’ll see why this is a great way to get the adrenaline pumping.

If you are coming by flight: Your aircraft will land you at the New Delhi domestic or international airport, the Indira Gandhi terminal. From there, Gurgaon is not more than five kilometers (3 miles) at max.

Your taxi, which would earlier painstakingly crawl from the airport to reach this city via a huge expressway and its irritating toll plaza, is now in for a pleasant and smooth drive since the toll plaza has been done away with by the local administration.

The credit goes to the Haryana Government (Gurgaon’s administration and development falls under the state of Haryana) as traffic is now constantly moving from the airport to the city.

A local observation: Frequent travelers, friends in the city and some colleagues all note that if you want to visit Gurgaon, make it a point to drive from Delhi.

You can take a break along the way to stop at a shop or grab a refreshment at hotels such as the Qutab New Delhi or the Claremont, which welcomes you with greenery and hospitality.

Alternate option:  One of easiest and most economic forms of transportation to Gurgaon from New Delhi is the relatively new Metro, which has transformed mass transit operations in the area.

Simply, hop into one of the trains from the Qutab Minar or Chattarpur station and enjoy a panoramic view from the elevated Metro line as you reach Gurgaon’s M.G. or HUDA City stations.

If you ride the Metro, please carry a water bottle or some refreshing drink with you. Remember, even though you are in a fully air conditioned rail compartment, there is always a possibility for some friendly humidity thanks to the sheer number of passengers resorting to this increasingly popular choice of transport.

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Here’s a 2010 news report touting the opening of the Metro:

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OTHER INSTALLMENTS IN OUR 5-PART SERIES
PART 1, AN INTRODUCTION
PART 2, WELCOME TO THE NCR
PART 3, GUARGON, THEN AND NOW
PART 5, WHAT TO DO IN GURGAON

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CREDITS
Lead-In Image Courtesy of Dev Tyagi
Video Courtesy of newsxlive/YouTube

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Contact Dev Tyagi at dev@newswhistle.com