Gurgaon is one of the leading technological, industrial and financial hubs in the country. Apart from that, it has some of the best destinations that offer exciting and adventurous activities for tourists. You might be on a professional tour or on a family holiday; Gurgaon lightens up your stay with some marvellous things to do. Whatever your passion is, be it food, art, history, shopping, nature or simply having fun, you are sure to find the perfect place for it in Gurgaon. Here are 5 best things that you can plan to do in Gurgaon:
1. Visit Aravalli Bio Diversity Park, MG Road
Looking for a fresh breather in Gurgaon? You should head straight for this vast park land which was originally a mining area on the oldest Indian hill range, Aravallis. It has been restored by annual plantations of local plants that invite a variety of fauna in the ecosphere. Its entrance is from the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, near the Guru Dronacharya Metro Station, Gurgaon.
Walkers and bikers can go on a fitness spree on different paths in its serene ambience. The chirping birds and wandering peacocks are a pleasant sight amidst the lush green wilderness. Most of the plants found are typical hilly shrubs. The bio-diversity that this place offers sitting right in the concrete jungle is a pleasant change. A roughly made amphitheatre functions well for the winter evening shows and is usually occupied by some or the other live activities. The typical mountain topography of the Aravallis roughs up the terrain and is great for a body workout. Don’t miss the temple which completes the ‘hilly’ feeling.
There is also a butterfly conservatory for the nature lovers. The place can be rightly called as the ‘Lungs’ of Gurgaon. A quick winding down with nature is what this park has in store for its visitors. There are no time restrictions and entry is free. But be prepared to go on this trip with food and water, and there are no restrooms as well!
2. Ice Skating
If you desire to experience a newer kind of fun filled physical activity, do book a time slot in Iskate, located on the 6th Floor, Ambience Mall. It proudly boasts of being the first natural ice skating rink and cafe in the country. Spread over a 15,000 sq ft arena, this unique ice skating place is a heaven for first timers as well as experienced skaters. With ample space over two floors in the lounge, cafe, in-house DJ with Karaoke, well equipped bar supplying food and beverages and a gourmet ice cream shop, the Iskate can also be booked for group events like parties and school visits. The skating rink has marshals who keep giving useful tips for better skating techniques. The place is overwhelmingly fabulous, that is why they have a long list of famous Indian celebrities, especially Bollywood stars, who keep coming to enjoy its ambience. It is open all 7 days a week from 10 am to 10 pm. A single session typically lasts for more than an hour and you can book online in advance to avoid the queues.
3. A visit to Kingdom of Dreams
You will miss out on something very interesting if you don’t plan a trip to this one stop entertainment zone called Kingdom of Dreams in Sector-29, Gurgaon. This world class leisure and performing arts place is like a kaleidoscope into India’s culture, heritage, arts and crafts, cuisine, handicrafts and lively Bollywood themed stage performances. The ‘Nautanki Mahal’ is a Broadway style advanced amphitheatre that stages exuberant and vibrant real life like shows inspired completely by Bollywood. The Culture Gully is a huge indoor sky dome covered area, decorated with the most vivacious Indian state stalls that offer multi cuisine food and famous art and handicrafts shops for the shopping freaks.
You will be spell bound by the live folk dance performances that entertain the visitors adding to the fun and frolic. There is also a Bollywood themed IIFA cafe and Showshaa, the theatre hall which can be booked for large size corporate events. Kingdom of Dreams is usually quite crowded on weekends and advance online booking is advisable if you are planning to see one of the shows (Jhumroo, Zangoora and Wizwits). The place remains closed on Mondays.
4. Visit Stellar Children’s Museum
Presently located in the Ambience Mall, you will not regret going to this place, if you are travelling with kids. Don’t forget to visit the museum cafe for some delicious munches and the museum store. This fun loving place encourages children to participate in interactive activities boosting their creativity and imagination. The main focus areas of the museum are working on gross motor and fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, cognitive exercises and social interactions. The kids are made to paint, splash colours, invent using basic science, build simple yet creative structures and much more. Your kid will never want to leave the place and rest assured, they take very good care of the hygiene and safety part too. Its timings are 10 am to 8 pm (weekends) and 10 am to 7 pm (weekdays). Fees varies from Rs 600 to Rs 1000 for age groups between 1-13 years, depending on the time period. It is free for children below 1 year and adults too!
5. Raahgiri Day
5 organisations came forward, joined hands and conceived this idea of celebrating Raahgiri Day on every Sunday. It is India’s first sustained car-free initiative which started off in Delhi by closing the roads to cars for a few hours with the idea of ‘Ab na chalegi motor koi, chalegi sabki raahgiri’, which means abstain from car driving and enjoy walking on the open streets. Various health and fitness activities like walking, jogging, cycling, street plays, Yoga classes and various jigs are also performed by the locals. Anyone and everyone can participate in this fast growing ritual which is carried out every Sunday between 6 am to 9 am on the Golf Course Road, Galleria Road, Palam Vihar in Gurgaon.
ou will be surprised to see exceptionally marvellous band performances, group dances, dance dramas, sports like Badminton being organised according to pre-decided schedules on special events like the recent Independence Day celebration. So, plan to spend a special Sunday in Gurgaon and indulge in the free and liberal aura of Raahgiri Day in Gurgaon.
Make the best of your time spent in Gurgaon by engaging yourself in the activities of your choice, and you will always end up with a plethora of options to choose from according to your passion. Easy accessibility, varieties of world class facilities, in depth insights into the Indian culture and nature loving outings will keep you more than busy in this vibrant ‘City of the Millennium’.