Gurgaon Darshan

  • FG Bureau
  • India
  • Aug 22, 2014



So what would we show and tell a guest or tourist who has come to our City? That the only local tourism is Medical? Or perhaps talk of the locations around the City – at Sultanpur (Bird Sanctuary), Farukhnagar (Heritage structures), Damdama (Lake), Sohna (hot Sulphur Springs) and Pataudi (Palace) - but back off, realising that the infrastructure stinks? There must be somewhere to take our guest…

The new millennium darshan of a city should perhaps do away with history (and therefore historical monuments). Lifestyle should be the theme…Lifestyle Monuments, Lifestyle Infrastructure (residential and commercial) and Lifestyle Moments. Is the defining monument the Condo? Should there be a Condo Circuit for guests and tourists, riding Non-Motorised Transport? Or should the focus shift to ‘soft’ areas, our soft wares? But what is the Gurgaon culture? It clearly is in the making…at best. Perhaps the current school-kids will define it a generation down the road…if they stick around. How does one glue together the diversity here…the locals, the expats, the blue collars, the white collars, the collar-less, along with the hordes of construction labour, domestic help and drivers…and of course pets?

Let’s start with the ‘conventional’ 16 ‘darshans’:

The ‘take-them-down’ Toll Plazas – Sirhaul and Kherki Daula. One is to go. Sirhaul is the largest toll plaza that doesn’t now toll.

The ‘we’ve reached home’ ‘Ship’ Building

The ‘my way’ NH8 Highway

The ‘24x7’ Cyber City & Cyber Park; and ‘new destination’ Cyber Hub

The ‘Mall-mile’ MG Road

The ‘Rapid-rate-hike’ Metro

The ‘Mata’ Sheetla Mandir

The ‘foundation of modern Gurgaon’ Maruti factory

The ‘one-cultural-stop’ Epicentre

The ‘blockbuster class’ Kingdom of Dreams

The ‘healthy path’ to Vedanta

The ‘still not encroached’ Bio-diversity Park

The ‘in your face’ Liquor vends

The ‘global-local’ Schools

The ‘you have arrived’ ‘…alias and …olias’

The ‘throw a stone and you will hit one’ Builders

Don’t forget to ask your guests – and tourists - to bow their heads
as they approach each. It is, after all, a ‘darshan’. 



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