Gurgaon

Gurgaon

Gurgaon is the second largest city in Haryana and forms an integral part of the National Capital Region or the NCR. Located close to Delhi and about 268 km south of Chandigarh, Gurgaon is well connected via the NH8 expressway and the Delhi Metro link. Gurgaon comprises of Old Gurgaon that lies to the right side of NH 8 and New Gurgaon that lies to the left side of NH 8 and is dotted with modern architecture and skyscrapers.

Gurgaon reflects traditions of Hindu scriptures. Legend has it that Gurgaon was the ancestral village of Guru Dronacharya, the martial arts teacher of the Pandavas and Kauravas of the Mahabharata epic. The Sanskrit meaning of “Guru” is “teacher” and “Gaon” is “village” and hence, the name Gurgaon was derived. As per Hindu scriptures, the Pandavas and Kauravas gifted the Gurgaon village to Guru Dronacharya after which it was named as guru-gram. Over the centuries, gram replaced gaon and therefore, the name Gurgaon came into existence and stayed on.

When in Gurgaon, you can visit the Dronacharya well situated within Gurgaon at the northern edge of the Aravalli mountain range or trudge to the Sultanpur National Park located 15 km from the heart of the city where you can catch glimpses of protected migratory birds.