Thursday, May 14, 2009

In search for truth:The heritage of Faridabad.


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Situated on both sides of Delhi-Mathura-Agra road ,& strategically located plain amidst aravali ranges on the west and river Yamuna on the east-Faridabad is well connected to Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida. Recently, separate district of Palwal has been chiseled out. Faridabad is the future destination of develpoment and service hub of Delhi-basically an industrial township-one of the largest in India yet a cheaper investment asset zone for Indian and foreign investors too. Very soon, badarpur border will be linked by improved flyover and metro besides improving connectivity by autos and buses from Delhi. There are 3 main Railway stations-Faridabad, New Town and Ballabhgarh. The development work being carried out is widening improvement of Mathura road.

The city is very famous worldwide due to Surajkund Mela, recently it had 1 Lakh visitors from all over the world. Surajkund is located in serene Aravali hills having Hotel Rajhans and Hill view. The quality of accommodation in both is just superb. You’ll simply enjoy the hospitality of Haryana.

The other legacy are the Badkhal Lake identified for improvement and conservation. Remember the song by Dharamendra & Hema Malini from the burning train “Pehli nazar main humne to apna dil de diya tha tumko” has been pictured on it’s embankment.

Numerous malls have opened up along with Mathura Road. The initiative was taken by Mr Gandhi, who has contributed a lot to make Faridabad cosmopolitan city by building Crown Plaza in tie up with Ansal Group. The plaza is conceptualized by Architect Jitender Saigal. It creates a functional micro-climate matching international standards. It houses kids play areas, Ebony, Spencer, Sagar Ratna and many other food outlets besides being a one stop shop.

SRS group has a very innovative mall. Besides this, Haldiram is available in Parasvnath mall. There are going to be about 30-35 planned malls.

Magpie tourist complex is also a favorite stop point for foreigners visiting the Taj.

My preference is strolling in the Sector 15 market in the evening. Town park is also very well maintained destination. In summers it is well cooled and air cleaned by numerous fountains. It has nice stadia, lot of colleges and best schools. Cheaper goods are also available in NIT faridabad.

Of course, Raja Nahar Singh Palace is in Ballabhgarh. We go there is functions and you forget everything in it’s courtyard and it makes you feel like a king. There is some restoration going in “Rani ki chattri” i don’t know exact pronunciation but it’s gonna be a tourist attraction soon.
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