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Is Gurgaon a good city to live in India for Expats?

Author: We The Expats
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Is Gurgaon a good city to live in India for Expats?

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I lived in Mumbai for a year in 2017, working for a large corporation. After my contract expired, I went back home. However, I’m looking to move back to India, specifically to Delhi, to live with my partner and hopefully, work remotely. We are looking at moving to Gurgaon and are hoping you could advise me on the good areas for expats, or if Gurgaon is even nice at all vs Delhi? What are the advantages/disadvantages of staying in Gurgaon?

Gurgaon, now known as Gurugram, is a massive hub for corporate workers and is a developing cosmopolitan city. From road infrastructures to exclusive business venues, to the construction of high-end residential areas, Gurgaon has it all. Over the years, it has transformed from being a gaon (village) into a global city, and the transformation continues to date.

Don’t be under the impression that it is only a corporate zone, though. Gurugram has become a loved spot for shoppers too with its growing number of shopping malls, clubs and pubs for the night owls and party lovers, and plenty of restaurants and cafes.
Also known as the city of CEO’s, Gurugram attracts a cosmopolitan crowd and will soon become an important business centre in India! With a vast scope of expansion, the city enjoys numerous benefits, one of them being close to the National Capital Region. With global enterprises moving from Delhi to Gurugram, the growth factors seem to be accelerating even faster.

Construction of elite residences and shopping centres has also attracted many people, especially millennials, into shifting to this city. This city provides its residents with a fantastic quality of life, making it much better than most metropolitan cities in India. With sprawling roads, highways, underpasses, and overpasses, Gurgaon has been positioned as a cosmopolitan city.

Travel is comparatively more straightforward in this city with the metro coming in, making travel during office hours much easier. The navigation of traffic is also pretty much in control with technological and infrastructural advancements.

Accommodation is easily available in Gurugram and comes in a variety of options. From gated communities to private villas, studio apartments to penthouses, homes for students to working professionals to families, 1 BHK, 2 BHK, 3 BHK or 6 BHK flats, you will find it all. Luxury housing is available at a cheaper cost to buy than in Delhi/Mumbai with a good location and great company! Some of the better locations to live in will be Gold Course Road, Sohna Road, MG Road, DLF, and Gold Course Extension Road.

Nonetheless, everything has its own set of ups and downs, and Gurugram has its drawbacks too. Being a cosmopolitan city does not take away crucial safety factors— theft and mugging are common here. This city is also known for its notorious traffic, so its best to keep that in mind when travelling. The heat is also a factor that should be considered as it can get unusually hot during summertime. Power cuts although not that common, can be a problem and investing in a good power backup system is your solution.

And when in doubt, Delhi is not that far away! From shopping to art galleries, you will always have a new location to catch up with your friends. And with transportation as connecting as the Delhi metro, you will not miss out on the fun activities of Delhi while residing in Gurugram!

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