Photos | Gurugram: A metropolis carved out from sleepy villages

From Delhi’s sleepy green backyard to a booming satellite city that would accompany the national capital, and now as a financial and industrial powerhouse holding its own –Gurugram has come a long way in the span of a few decades. As the city continues to rise and expand, an overview of the city as a space for the aspirational and the unique sense of community that Gurugram has managed to create for itself.

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Gurugram (erstwhile Gurgaon), once considered a satellite town to Delhi, is today one of Haryana’s largest urban centres and a city in its own right. Recent decades have brought Gurugram phenomenal growth – from a population of 870,539 in 2001 to 1,514,085 in 2011, expected to hit 4.3 million by 2020 – and its real estate and development boom have resulted in the third largest increase in per capita income in India. (HT Photo)

Gurugram (erstwhile Gurgaon), once considered a satellite town to Delhi, is today one of Haryana’s largest urban centres and a city in its own right. Recent decades have brought Gurugram phenomenal growth – from a population of 870,539 in 2001 to 1,514,085 in 2011, expected to hit 4.3 million by 2020 – and its real estate and development boom have resulted in the third largest increase in per capita income in India. (HT Photo)

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While not initially designed with plans for an integrated public transport spine, alleviating the pressures of population, traffic congestion and pollution, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has been developing roads and a metro system, reducing commutes in and around Gurugram substantially. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

While not initially designed with plans for an integrated public transport spine, alleviating the pressures of population, traffic congestion and pollution, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has been developing roads and a metro system, reducing commutes in and around Gurugram substantially. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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The Rapid Metro is a fully elevated transit system for Gurugram. It provides a solution for areas in and around Cyber City, DLF Phase 2, DLF Phase 3, NH-8 & Golf Course Road up to Sector 55-56 and provides safe and comfortable connectivity to Delhi in an eco-friendly manner. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

The Rapid Metro is a fully elevated transit system for Gurugram. It provides a solution for areas in and around Cyber City, DLF Phase 2, DLF Phase 3, NH-8 & Golf Course Road up to Sector 55-56 and provides safe and comfortable connectivity to Delhi in an eco-friendly manner. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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Participants seen in a Trail-A-Thon event promoting healthy lifestyles and raising awareness about the Aravallis in Mangar Bani forest. Protected by villagers and held sacred, it is believed to be the last remnant of the Aravalli forests. Mangar Bani contrasts the concrete jungles of Gurugram and also shows what stood in their place just recently. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

Participants seen in a Trail-A-Thon event promoting healthy lifestyles and raising awareness about the Aravallis in Mangar Bani forest. Protected by villagers and held sacred, it is believed to be the last remnant of the Aravalli forests. Mangar Bani contrasts the concrete jungles of Gurugram and also shows what stood in their place just recently. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

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Gurugram’s growth spurt has been experienced spatially and demographically. In this journey, the city has seen the emergence of differential spaces simultaneously. Gurugram the hub of commerce and multinational companies coexists with posh gated communities, a large expat population, the Indian middle class and rural Haryana. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

Gurugram’s growth spurt has been experienced spatially and demographically. In this journey, the city has seen the emergence of differential spaces simultaneously. Gurugram the hub of commerce and multinational companies coexists with posh gated communities, a large expat population, the Indian middle class and rural Haryana. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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Strategically located with its boundaries touching Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, its excellent connectivity with other state via Delhi-Jaipur–Ahmedabad broad gauge rail link and NH-8 brings thousands of people to Gurugram for the purpose of work, travel and entertainment. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

Strategically located with its boundaries touching Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, its excellent connectivity with other state via Delhi-Jaipur–Ahmedabad broad gauge rail link and NH-8 brings thousands of people to Gurugram for the purpose of work, travel and entertainment. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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Built in 1936, the Jama Masjid in Old Gurugram’s chaotic Sadar Bazaar contrasts the orderly malls and gated colonies of more recent times. The rise of residential Gurugram has transformed what were sleepy villages on the outskirts of Delhi to a melting pot of cultures in true Indian fashion. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

Built in 1936, the Jama Masjid in Old Gurugram’s chaotic Sadar Bazaar contrasts the orderly malls and gated colonies of more recent times. The rise of residential Gurugram has transformed what were sleepy villages on the outskirts of Delhi to a melting pot of cultures in true Indian fashion. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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India’s favorite rock band Indian Ocean perform during an event in Sector-29 Oysters beach, Gurugram. The city today caters to not just business but also fine dining, entertainment, culture and adventure with some of the best live music destinations, concerts, gigs and exhibitions. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

India’s favorite rock band Indian Ocean perform during an event in Sector-29 Oysters beach, Gurugram. The city today caters to not just business but also fine dining, entertainment, culture and adventure with some of the best live music destinations, concerts, gigs and exhibitions. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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A view of Ridgewood Estate condominiums in DLF Phase 4 in Gurugram. The name DLF has come to define housing in Gurugram, developing its vast wildernesses since the 1980s into some of the most sought after addresses in India. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

A view of Ridgewood Estate condominiums in DLF Phase 4 in Gurugram. The name DLF has come to define housing in Gurugram, developing its vast wildernesses since the 1980s into some of the most sought after addresses in India. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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A person seen Sky Cycling at Frenzy Adventure Park, in Gurugram. Amusement parks, virtual reality, outdoor sports like paintballing and off-road adventure zones. Gurugram residents have a lot to keep them amused, with enough room for visitors. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

A person seen Sky Cycling at Frenzy Adventure Park, in Gurugram. Amusement parks, virtual reality, outdoor sports like paintballing and off-road adventure zones. Gurugram residents have a lot to keep them amused, with enough room for visitors. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

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Gurugram’s skyline with Cyber City, CyberHub and the Gateway Tower building visible at dusk. The city continues to climb skywards, its high-rises and the aspirations of their occupants filling out the empty expanses from just a few decades ago. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

Gurugram’s skyline with Cyber City, CyberHub and the Gateway Tower building visible at dusk. The city continues to climb skywards, its high-rises and the aspirations of their occupants filling out the empty expanses from just a few decades ago. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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