What do you do in Gurgaon when you have no money? As budgeting can be hardh, have a look at our suggestions below!
It’s crazy to think the park opened only five years ago, especially when most Gurgaon locals have probably been there at least once. It’s perfect for trekking, jogging, bird-watching, picnicking or just walking your dog. With between 100-200 species of flora, the park is also a good spot for photography and gardening.
We know Gurgaon isn’t littered with tombs and monuments like Delhi, but there are still a few good sites where you can get your cultural game on. Temples and mosques include the Aliwardi Masjid, the Masani Temple, the Sita Ram Mandir and the impressive Shri Mata Sheetla Devi Temple. For monuments, we have the Farrukh Nagar Fort, Qutub Khan’s tomb and the Ali Gosh Khan Baoli.
Started by Gurgaon activists and residents, Raahgiri Day is an initiative to take back the streets. Every Sunday, they temporarily close a section of the road to cars, and invite children and adults to run, bike, skate, dance and play games. You can find out more about them here, or follow them on Facebook here.
Now we know renting a field, or playing at a stadium, costs money, so we recommend the easier option. Find a friend who lives in one of Gurgaon’s innumerable gated communities, and go play in their communal fields and spaces with a group of friends. Whether it’s badminton in Heritage City or cage football in Laburnum, there will always be a game on in Gurgaon.
Novel Ideas is a growing book club that you can join for free. They are over 300 members, with each allowed to present their case on what book to be read. They are open to any, and every, genre of books, and are open to all who enjoy reading and discussion.
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call founder Sunil Sharma at +91 9717719898
The Delhi Drum Circle has a Gurgaon chapter. They encourage patrons to bring their own instruments and join in the fun on a regular basis. Their Facebook group allows members to post about upcoming circles in Gurgaon, and swapping notes about the last gathering. The meet ups are informal, non-commercial and a whole lot of fun!
You can follow the group on Facebook here.
For a heady dose of portraits and landscapes, drop by at one of Gurgaon’s art galleries. You can spend a leisurely afternoon walking through the pristine white hallways, as you celebrate Impressionist, Renaissance or contemporary Indian art.
The best bit? Unless you’re thinking of investing in art, it doesn’t cost a thing!
A quiet space in Gurgaon is rare, so enjoy some down time and catch up on your reading at Café Wanderlust. They have hammocks, so you can have a mini-vacay before you get back to the real world. If you happen to find a crumpled INR 100 note in your jeans, get yourself a cup of Adrak Chai.
The film screenings are usually free and seats fill up on first-come-first-served basis; you might get lucky. We suggest checking back on the website every now and then, you never know what you might find.
Meet peeps with similar interests through the Coffee Meetup Group, go for an old-fashioned walk, or bond over a shared appreciation for puppy pictures. You can join here.
Got any great ideas for what to do in G-Town when your account balance starts dwindling? Let us know in the comments.
Featured photo source: Raahgiri Day