A comparison you might be eager for, an answer to my friends question; “why I don’t come to Delhi?”, and the possible reason why I might get bashed by my Delhi friends, but I have this habbit of writing something controversial and old habbits die hard as we all know. So here is my end their never ending argument about which city is better. Delhi versus Gurgaon! The capital in competition with the Millennium City of India. Lets look at some aspects. First of all in terms of area Delhi covers an approximate of 1,484 km² in compared to the 1,253 km² covered by Gurgaon. No great difference in area but lets keep that in mind. Population-wise, according to our census 2011, Delhi bares the weight of 16.75 million people compared to weight of 1.514 million by Gurgaon. Yeah, Delhi wins in terms of weight-lifting but these things are surely not why you reading this post. So here it goes:
Let me not put my views, neither yours, lets take a look at the views of a third person; here I’m talking about the tourists. Recently, I had a trip to the Parvati Valley in Himachal and met a lot of friends from around the globe; Germany, Israel, America, Greece, Italy, Russia and many more. They welcomed me to their music gigs and rented cribs there so I too had to invite them to Gurgaon. As soon as they got to know it was Delhi’s neighbor
they were reluctant to visit. They said Delhi is all about cons & congested places and I could really well understand that. According to them it was just a place they had to go to catch their international flights. Given a choice they would have boarded flights from Himachal itself but that’s decades or a millennium away! Can’t say but I hope those mountains stay the way they are.
I returned to Gurgaon (sad), came back home and got to know that some of them decided to visit me as they had their flights. They decided to drop in 2-3 days prior and soon arrived. I got them to my place and their first impression was “what sort of sorcery is this, are we in India?”. Yes mates, they were in Gurgaon, comparing it with international cities they had been to including the Big Apple. A picture to show their happiness has been put->. They were so happy to be in the city that they even decided to postpone their plans. The reasons for this excitement will be shared for sure; same reasons I love my city & try to avoid Delhi so i’l put them in my viewpoint.
I’ve got a lot of friends in Delhi as I’ve done my schooling and spent half of my life there. Yet I try to avoid going to that place, reasons being the traffic, traffic lights, congestion, suffocation and things I’l remember once u put me there. Going from one place to another covering round 10kms in one hour is not worth it, especially when you live in new part Gurgaon and are used to cover distances in few minutes. The difference in the two cities can be pretty much compared by taking in consideration the area and population. The area is pretty much the same but the people are uncontrollably more in Delhi. The city might be important in terms of administration as its the capital, but most of us don’t really care about that do we?
While coming towards Gurgaon from Delhi, you are welcomed by the IT giant “Cyber Park” and the symbol of Gurgaon; as its called, “The Ship Building” (DLF Gateway Tower). The part left to Iffco is termed as “New Gurgaon” by most localities of the city. It consists of continuous chains of malls, hotels, multiplexes, hospitals, commercial buildings and IT cities like Cyber Park and Cyber City in a compact area of 10km diameter with some lucky residents around. So everything is 15 minutes away! From malls like The Ambiance which has a walking length of 1km and consisting of all major shopping giants, a hotel, clubs, entertainment zones, to hospitals like Medanta which is considered
the best hospital in India, first hospital having airplane facility all over India. Gurgaon has almost everything few steps away from one another with less traffic, and greener roads and taller and newer constructed buildings. Not to forget the IT giant cities like Cyber City and Cyber Park having all the international business, telecom and technical companies. Metro services are limited though but Rapid Metro is already on its way and under test runs across the city.
On the other hand Delhi’s thumbs up are more of heritage sites that have spit pans and litter, monuments with love scribbling, crowded markets with Gucci and Prada available on roadside (if you know what I mean), some of the oldest established big shot 5 star hotels, and companies. It has some posh areas but these are like small patches in the vast crowded place. Comparing the residential areas and reach to these places, its nowhere near comfortable and a huge parking crisis at most residential area.
Nothing personal, but if you are a person who loves it clean, green, open, peaceful and less crowded and less noisy, head towards the mountains. But if additionally you want a city life and want to live with the modern world, love technology and have no choice but to work or study in a city like me, it would be Gurgaon over Delhi any day my friend though I love Delhi too but Gurgaon more. Love and Peace.