There are travelers who crave for an experience that outstretches that of drinking and making merry in jazzy bars and pubs.
For those of us who would like to taste the indigenous bite of what it means to be an Indian and take a dip in the multifarious cultural delights of India, there’s the sensational hot spot in Gurgaon called Kingdom of Dreams (pictured above).
Without strutting too much of a style quotient, and often hosting plays that are close to the glamorous appeal of a western musical, the Kingdom of Dreams has a unique attribute for its Indian visitors and even International patrons. It’s called Culture Gully.
Culture Gully is home to food stalls and street shopping arcades that are finely crafted and delightfully themed on different Indian states. This is a place as rare as one could find and as exquisite as any. I would urge all travelers to enter this significant cultural symbol in Gurgaon so they can photograph moments, gain a unique insight into the music, food, culture, and ultimately become one with the wonderland that is India.
Here are some other tips so you can make the most of your Gurgaon visit:
Stand-up comedy and plays
If you are person with an inclination toward art and theatre, then you should think about visiting the newly constructed Epicentre; Gurgaon’s equivalent of Mumbai’s Prithvi theatre or Delhi’s equivalent to the popular National School of Drama.
Located in the the Apparel House (in Guargon’s Sector 44) you just need to alight at the Huda City Center metro station to discover renowned Indian plays and stand-up comedy from the likes of Papa CJ and Sorabh Pant.
With large shopping malls, located on either sides of the famous M.G. Road, you can begin shopping as soon as you arrive here.
Drop in at M.G. Road metro station or ask your driver to take you to the Sahara Mall, the Metropolitan or the MGF. Then, leave all your worries behind.
Shop ’til you drop? I would rather use the phrase : Use every penny ’til you get penniless.
The malls feature a wide array of clothes, home accessories, books, and delicious eateries.
There is no dearth in finding a temporary residence in Gurgaon, one marked with relaxed ambience, uniquely sculpted landscape gardens, mystic spa escapades and marvelously lit bars.
Many luxury hotels are present, including The Leela (situated right behind Ambience Mall); the brand new Vivanta by Taj (close to Fortis Hospital), Double Tree by Hilton (at the end of Golf Course Road) or the recently opened Pullman (at the entry of Gurgaon City),
If pubbing interests you then you no longer need to just hit a luxury hotel. You can always visit Striker Pub and Brewery, nestled in the Global Foyer Mall (sector 43 of Gurgaon’s Golf Course Road).
Started as a place for weekenders, this spot has become a burner almost every night.
It’s my personal favorite. It’s here that wine, beer, scotch, whiskey or even that old love, Bacardi Breezer, all flow effervescently, and emerging bands, established artists, and DJs connect with their audiences.
If we were to travel back a decade to Gurgaon, chances are some would be disappointed.
But thankfully today, there is more to do here than anyone could have imagined.
For me, Gurgaon is not just a space where dreams come to fruition, but also where ambitious ideas turn to effective businesses.
My Gurgaon is a place where travelers and locals find familiar footing under the sun, that shines ever so brightly and happily, bringing adventures and surprises for all.
I hope you feel the same and look forward to hearing about your North India journey.
Contributor Dev Tyagi can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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