Marvel as Gurgaon comes to life in a Technicolor splendour of performing arts, ancient monuments, sensational shopping, and serene outdoors—a vivacious backdrop to glittering towers that house global movers and shakers. Experience its fun side with an exuberant blend of historical, natural and modern attractions.

Strategise a day (or more) of serious shopping along Mall Road, where international brands and luxury collections make this two-kilometre stretch a retail therapy force to reckon with. Get your thrills at Kingdom of Dreams, a sprawling stage for dazzling entertainment, from live Bollywood-style musicals to traditional cultural dances. Strap into a reverse bungee ride to witness electrifying vistas above the skyline.

Take a step back and tee off at either of two 18-hole golf courses, or pack a picnic for Leisure Valley Park or Damdama Lake. Sultanpur National Park is a 15-square-kilometre protected sanctuary for more than 250 species of migratory birds, some travelling from as far as Siberia, Europe and Afghanistan. Dip into the Sohna hot springs, which locals believe to be therapeutic for both body and soul.

Relive India’s rich history at the Red Fort, a 17th-century complex in Old Delhi; UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutub Minar, India’s tallest minaret; Chandni Chowk, the oldest and busiest market in Delhi; and Emperor Humayun’s tomb, the subcontinent’s first garden memorial. A new eight-lane expressway makes it easy to take a day trip to the Taj Mahal in Agra or to the vibrant Jaipur.