Moving to Delhi, working in Gurgaon ...

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Well, like many of the contributors on this forum, I'm making the moe to Delhi in the next few months. I work in the oil industry in the Gulf right now and believe it or not there's enough business in Delhi to warrant setting up an office.

I'm pretty used to India having worked as an expat in Mumbai a few years back; I get the impression that Delhi has a bit more of an expat community and is just generally more spacious.

My wife has done a scoping trip - she looked at flats in Vasant Vihar, Defence Colony and a villa in Gurgaon. The office is in Gurgaon. My first question; whether travelling by road or metro, is it practical to live in south Delhi and work in Gurgaon?

My second question is where is the more lively expat scene, Gurgaon or Delhi proper? It's not that I work overseas but only ever live in a western shell, but it's nice to be able to have a group of friends that have a simialr cultural background so you can get 'grounded' once in a while.

I'm quite excited about the move. As I mentioned I've worked in India before, I think my company is compensating me well enough and I won't be struggling for rent but there'll be little things that really effect quality of life that I'll have questions on from time to time and hopefully this forum can provide the answers.

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Rich,

Welcome on board IndiaMike and your move to India. Coincidently I am also from oil patch, based in Mumbai with lots of travelling around. I have few expat friends working for couple of oil companies. Their offices are in Gurgaon and all but one lives in the same place. Travelling becomes much lesser and they enjoy living there because Gurgaon is a newly developed township. There is one guy who lives in proper Delhi and commutes every day to Gurgaon. He find is challenging but what he tries to do to beat the traffic is to arrive early and leave early.

Both locations have good expat communities but my suggestion to you will be to settle down in Gurgaon. You can always make weekend trips to Delhi to explore the place with your family.

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Rich,

Check the threads in Moving to Delhi for many experiences and suggestions.

If you're working in Gurgaon, I'd suggest living there, as I did for four years. Making the drive on weekends is much less arduous (even when you're not driving) than a daily slog on the crummy roads.

In any case, an indication of your budget would be helpful for suggestions. From the neighborhoods mentioned it sounds like you have a decent budget, but you'll get more for your money in Gurgaon. I advise flats rather than villas simply for the better security and power backup.
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Thanks for the feedback.

I'm capping my monthly rental at 2 Lakh Rupees. Which I guess means look for stuff up to 2.5 and then negotiate!

My wife looked at a place called Vista Villas in Gurgaon which she really liked; it's a walled compound with all the utilities 'backed-up. As we're bringing our German Shepherd anything with a garden is good. I found the place on Google Maps; it does look a tad remote.

One of the nice things about the flats she saw in Visant Vihar was that it was only a short walk to the local grocery store in most cases. And if there's a grocery store and a beer shop within spitting distance, I'm happy.

Any way, I'll look at the suggested threads and digest.

One further question - when we lived in Mumbai our weekend 'escape' was sunday lunchtime at Mezzo Mezzo in The Marriot, Juhu; truly excessive! Any recommendations for a top-notch sunday brunch in Delhi or Gurgaon?

I also need someone to play squash with, but that's for another time ...

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Ah - I've been reading the 'Moving to Delhi' forum - should really move this there ...
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Originally Posted by ic4ibod View Post One further question - when we lived in Mumbai our weekend 'escape' was sunday lunchtime at Mezzo Mezzo in The Marriot, Juhu; truly excessive! Any recommendations for a top-notch sunday brunch in Delhi or Gurgaon?

Rich
Yes, Delhiites are big time into the Sunday brunch at the 5-star hotels. No sense suggesting one, you'll find the one that suits your needs easy enough. We used to do they Hyatt Sunday feast, play tennis before hand, have a sauna, shower ... & then plenty of good food/beers.
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With the expressway & metro traffic has become a tad better on Delhi Gurgaon route.
There are plus and minus points choosing to live in Gurgaon. Delhi has much better amenities and transport. Variety of shops within easy reach and so on.
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My wife looked at a place called Vista Villas in Gurgaon which she really liked; it's a walled compound with all the utilities 'backed-up. As we're bringing our German Shepherd anything with a garden is good. I found the place on Google Maps; it does look a tad remote.
Do get any info on backup written into the lease, expressed in kVA -- in one place I lived, 100% was available, but the flat owners could opt in for various levels of backup, so it wasn't accurate for the entire complex. Vista Villas does look a bit far out, but Gurgaon isn't really a walking city - sidewalks, traffic control and the like are inadequate at best. Small grocers, laundry, and beer shops will appear as the population settles in.

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One of the nice things about the flats she saw in Vasant Vihar was that it was only a short walk to the local grocery store in most cases. And if there's a grocery store and a beer shop within spitting distance, I'm happy.
VV is a very nice area, numerous expats, and Le Marche in Basant Lok market is one of the best places for western foods in Delhi (the other being INA market).

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One further question - when we lived in Mumbai our weekend 'escape' was sunday lunchtime at Mezzo Mezzo in The Marriot, Juhu; truly excessive! Any recommendations for a top-notch sunday brunch in Delhi or Gurgaon?
Any of the 5-star hotels will have good brunches: Taj Mahal, Maurya, Imperial (my fave), Oberoi, etc. I was generally disappointed with the food at the Trident Hilton in Gurgaon, but it's been a couple of years since I've eaten there. Time Out and First City magazines will have additional info.
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Originally Posted by ic4ibod View Post Well, like many of the contributors on this forum, I'm making the moe to Delhi in the next few months. I work in the oil industry in the Gulf right now and believe it or not there's enough business in Delhi to warrant setting up an office.

I'm pretty used to India having worked as an expat in Mumbai a few years back; I get the impression that Delhi has a bit more of an expat community and is just generally more spacious.

My wife has done a scoping trip - she looked at flats in Vasant Vihar, Defence Colony and a villa in Gurgaon. The office is in Gurgaon. My first question; whether travelling by road or metro, is it practical to live in south Delhi and work in Gurgaon?

My second question is where is the more lively expat scene, Gurgaon or Delhi proper? It's not that I work overseas but only ever live in a western shell, but it's nice to be able to have a group of friends that have a simialr cultural background so you can get 'grounded' once in a while.



Rich
To answer your first question I think Mumbai is more expat friendly and has more culture/ interesting things happening over there. But, Delhi is fast catching up.

To answer your second question about commuting to Ggn, as others have already mentioned - with expressway its not as bad as it used to be. Metro can also be used, when they increase the number of coaches. Right now it is too much overcrowded during peak hours.

Gurgaon has a pretty big expat community as well. However, Delhi is more interesting and has more choices in terms of cultural scene, restaurants etc.

On the flip side oyou would be jostling for space in Delhi, while gurgaon is somewhat less maddening (as of now)

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