Unique tourist attractions in Gurgaon that you should not miss
Gurgaon is one of India’s biggest corporate and commercial hubs along with being the Millennium City. Most people usually travel to Gurgaon for work and prefer to visit major landmarks in New Delhi and Agra while travelling on leisure. However, if you’re booking hotels in Gurgaon for your next trip, you should certainly make a note of these unique tourist attractions. These should not be missed by all means and give you insights into the charm of Gurgaon, something that is often overshadowed by big brother New Delhi.
Here’s taking a look:
Sheetla Mata Temple– One of the most famous temples in the region, this is dedicated to the wife of Guru Dronacharya or Mata Sheetla Devi who taught the Kauravas and Pandavas. Located on Sheetla Mata Road in Gurgaon, this temple draws a large number of devotees throughout the year. The temple was built in the 18th century by Jawahar Singh of Bharatpur. Legend goes, that the Hindu king invoked the blessings of Sheetla Mata before successfully defeating the Mughals.
Tau Devi Lal Biodiversity & Botanical Park– This is one of Gurgaon’s chief attractions and you should certainly make a pit stop here. Smell the fresh air, watch lovely birds and experience lovely walking and jogging trails. The park is named after the 6th Deputy Prime Minister of the country, Tau Devi Lal who was also the Chief Minister of Haryana. The park is easily accessible from the HUDA City Centre metro station and covers 2 acres in all. You will find 18 plant sections and there is neat labelling and easy identification to add to the experience. There are innumerable trees and other rare species of plants. Along with the jogger’s park, you can also expect to enjoy watching birds like the Green Bee-eater, Intermediate Egret and Red-wattled Lapwing here.
Qutub Khan’s Tomb– This is another unsung attraction in Gurgaon that you must visit. Legend goes that Adam Khan, a general of Emperor Akbar, killed the Emperor’s Prime Minister Ataga Khan over a dispute. He was thrown from the Agra Fort’s ramparts and died thereafter. His mother died in grief sometime later and both of them were buried together in a tomb built by the Emperor himself. The octagonal structure is unique and the tomb lies northwards of the Qutub Minar.
Kingdom of Dreams– This is the first live theatre, entertainment and leisure destination in the country at Sector 29. This will transport you into another world altogether! This is run by the Great Indian Nautanki Company, a JV between Wizcraft and Apra Group and covers 6 acres in all. There are the Nautanki Mahal and Showshaa theatres along with Culture Gully which offers a fascinating amalgamation of cuisine and diverse cultural potpourri. Enjoy live kitchens and theme restaurants from 14 Indian States under a sky dome with lovely arts and crafts. There are street performances hosted regularly here while there is also the Indoor Street of India with a massage and mystic centre. This experience is a treat for people of almost all ages.
Vintage Camera Museum– This museum is a treat for any visitor! There is an intriguing collection of analogue cameras down the ages in the personal collection of iconic photographer cum visual historian, Aditya Arya. There are more than 1, 000 cameras dating all the way back to the 1880s and 1990s. There are rare prints on display here as well. This visit can only be made if you make an appointment. However, a rare and insightful experience awaits you here, one that will linger for a very long time.
Sultanpur National Park– The Sultanpur National Park is only 15 kilometres away from Gurgaon and is paradise for bird watchers. A large number of migratory birds visit this park every year and the park contains several rare plant species in tandem with around 250 species of birds.
Visiting these attractions will take you far away from the glitzy malls, restaurants and gleaming corporate offices into the real soul of Gurgaon, something that is a veritable attraction for anyone afflicted by the proverbial wanderlust! Gurgaon contains several hidden and some well-known delights that will please you immensely to say the least!