Working/Living in Gurgaon/Delhi for 12 Months

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Hi forum, I've been offered the chance to work in Gurgaon for 12 months by my work. If I come, I'll be moving with my partner, we're both in our mid 20s.

We've been offered an accommodation allowance by my work of 110000rupees per month. We'd be looking for a 2 bedroom place in a nice area, preferably in South Delhi, but we'd consider living in Gurgaon as well. I'm trying to get a feel for how far our budget will get us - I've had a look at the property rental websites (99 Acres / Magic Bricks / Sukhela, etc), but since so few of the adverts posted come with pictures of the apartments it's hard to judge the standard of them. We've been looking at the likes of Vasant Vihar, Defence Colony, Friends Colony, Jor Bagh and Green Park as potential areas we might like to stay in. Obviously we'd be looking for a place that had electricity back up, air conditioning, was safe at nights, the usual things. We'd prefer a furnished place since we're only going to be there for a year. I've been told that my work's HR department in Gurgaon will help us with arranging viewings and dealing with brokers. I realise South Delhi's a bit more of a commute, but I'm used to travelling over an hour each way to work in the UK at the moment, so that doesn't bother me too much.

Could anyone give me an idea of the sort of places we might expect to find for our budget? And any other areas we should consider given our price range?

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by mr bear View Post I realise South Delhi's a bit more of a commute, but I'm used to travelling over an hour each way to work in the UK at the moment, so that doesn't bother me too much.

Could anyone give me an idea of the sort of places we might expect to find for our budget? And any other areas we should consider given our price range?
In bad traffic (which it will be inbound to Gurgoan) from Jorbag and GK area one hour is optimistic, unless you live somewhere along the metro route.

For your budget, you can easily find a furnished 2-BK apartment in a gated, power backup apartment complex. I'd suggest that you let your company's HR help you, for reasons that are tactical.
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On a side note, are you clear about the visa limitations associated with 'partners'? Unless there's Indian heritage, the unmarried partner of someone on an E visa would be eligible only for a Tourist visa with a shorter duration than is typically granted with an Employment visa. With the removal of the rule about two months between visits I suppose a 'visa run' to a nearby country would address it, but the fewer surprises the better.

Nycank's warning about the commute is spot on. Even with a provided car and driver it sucks mightily.

One more thing - insisting on a furnished place will limit your options greatly, and landlord-supplied stuff is often crap. You can often pick up used from departing expats via Yuni-net and from other furniture markets around the metro, then sell it off at the end of your stay.
“She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot.” – Mark Twain
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It would be better overall if you stay in South Delhi as compared to GGN.For saving more commuting time consider near Vasant Kunj/Vihar.

Check this post for more details... http://www.indiamike.com/india/movin...9/#post1613823
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It would be better overall if you stay in South Delhi as compared to GGN.For saving more commuting time consider near Vasant Kunj/Vihar.

Check this post for more details... http://www.indiamike.com/india/movin...9/#post1613823
Thanks for the advice. I got the impression it'd be better overall to live in South Delhi, I visited my company's offices about 6 weeks ago and felt that beyond the shopping malls there probably wouldn't be a lot for us to do in Gurgaon.

I realise somewhere like Defence Colony would probably leave me with a terrible commute, but I'm trying to balance that against it having a good market and places to eat nearby. I didn't go to either of the Vasants during my trip, so don't know a lot about them. Do they have much in the way of restaurants, places to buy food and ingredients, bars and sports facilities? I'm trying to balance me getting to work in the morning with what my partner would be able to do during the day (she's currently finishing writing her PhD and is happy enough with the idea of doing that from Delhi rather than the UK). So some things to do nearby and proximity to a metro station are probably quite important for us when choosing a location.

About the commute, if I was to leave my apartment at about 7am or so, and then leave Gurgaon again at 4/4.30pm, would that be early enough to beat the rush hour traffic?

Thanks again to everyone who's given us advice so far!
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Originally Posted by mr bear View Post Thanks for the advice. I got the impression it'd be better overall to live in South Delhi, I visited my company's offices about 6 weeks ago and felt that beyond the shopping malls there probably wouldn't be a lot for us to do in Gurgaon.

I realise somewhere like Defence Colony would probably leave me with a terrible commute, but I'm trying to balance that against it having a good market and places to eat nearby. I didn't go to either of the Vasants during my trip, so don't know a lot about them. Do they have much in the way of restaurants, places to buy food and ingredients, bars and sports facilities? I'm trying to balance me getting to work in the morning with what my partner would be able to do during the day (she's currently finishing writing her PhD and is happy enough with the idea of doing that from Delhi rather than the UK). So some things to do nearby and proximity to a metro station are probably quite important for us when choosing a location.

About the commute, if I was to leave my apartment at about 7am or so, and then leave Gurgaon again at 4/4.30pm, would that be early enough to beat the rush hour traffic?

Thanks again to everyone who's given us advice so far!
Vasant Vihar/Kunj is a posh area and has all the usual facilities + PVR movie complex with bars/restaurents etc + Vasant Continental hotel.Though I haven't been there for a long time but spent lot of time there as a hang out.Now if you see the location on google map you would see that it's the best option to stay in Delhi and commute to GGN on daily basis.Both these places are nearer to National Highway-8 which connects GGN.

Now talking of timings, if you can leave home at around 8 AM and leave office at around 4 PM then even Defense Colony is ok to commute under normal traffic conditions.But it depends where is your office in GGN exactly.

About proximity to metro you can check the metro map.Places like Hauz Khas/East of Kailash,Malviya Nagar,Saket etc are all good places. http://www.mapsofindia.com/maps/delh...metro-map.html
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You can also try safdarjung enclave
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Now talking of timings, if you can leave home at around 8 AM and leave office at around 4 PM then even Defense Colony is ok to commute under normal traffic conditions.But it depends where is your office in GGN exactly.

About proximity to metro you can check the metro map.Places like Hauz Khas/East of Kailash,Malviya Nagar,Saket etc are all good places. http://www.mapsofindia.com/maps/delh...metro-map.html
The office is in Sector 24 - DLF Cyber Terraces, so it's at the near side of Gurgaon coming in along the Expy from Delhi. I'm hoping that would limit the pain of getting into Gurgaon in the mornings and back out in the evenings slightly.

With drivers, does there tend to be set times at which a driver would start and finish work in the morning? I'm usually quite an early riser and tend to leave for work around 7 or 7.15am, which is why I thought I might be able to beat the rush hour, though obviously that depends on whether or not I could convince someone to pick me up at that time. And assuming I could make it to my office for around 8am, I'd be able to finish usually around 4pm, hopefully again avoiding the rush on the way back to Delhi.

If that's the case I might be tempted to go for something a little closer to the city, like Defence Colony or Safdarjung Enclave.
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Gurgaon should be the ideal place to stay

Hi Mr.Bear,

To help you decide, here are a facts:
1. The gurgaon entry toll way and travel from Delhi to Gurgaon can be a nightmare- one hour of moving traffic is anytime better than being stuck at one place for an hour

2. The work hours in most indian offices can go really wild due to the work culture. Hence, I strongly suggest- you check on this before you decide on looking for a house outside of Gurgaon. If your office extends to anything between 5 and 7- there is no way you'll escape the mad traffic and come home exhausted.

3. I strongly suggest you look for a house in Gurgaon in a secured apartment with amenities. The advantages are:
a. You'll save on your travel time to work
b. The secuirty, cab hire, maids, cooks etc are never a problem in good apartments.
c. The amenities come in handy- good gym, pools, running tracks, markets, banks etc are always handy.

Give it a thought and let me know if you need some more information. I'll be happy to help.

BTW- when are you reaching Delhi/Gurgaon?
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Originally Posted by mr bear View Post The office is in Sector 24 - DLF Cyber Terraces, so it's at the near side of Gurgaon coming in along the Expy from Delhi. I'm hoping that would limit the pain of getting into Gurgaon in the mornings and back out in the evenings slightly.

With drivers, does there tend to be set times at which a driver would start and finish work in the morning? I'm usually quite an early riser and tend to leave for work around 7 or 7.15am, which is why I thought I might be able to beat the rush hour, though obviously that depends on whether or not I could convince someone to pick me up at that time. And assuming I could make it to my office for around 8am, I'd be able to finish usually around 4pm, hopefully again avoiding the rush on the way back to Delhi.

If that's the case I might be tempted to go for something a little closer to the city, like Defence Colony or Safdarjung Enclave.
Hi mr bear,

if cab facility is there from your office, you should try in DAWARKA, in south west Delhi, It would be cheap, safe and near to sector 24 Gurgaon (hardly take 25-30 mins drive) and well connected to Delhi metro (city train).


otherwise Vasant Kunj, Munirka, Saket, Malviya Nagar and Safdarjung Enclave near to you.....
Njoy !!!!
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My husband works in sector 24; the area is a huge cluster of office buildings commonly referred to as Cyber City. We live in sector 27, and his commute is usually 20-30 minutes. There is one u-turn to get to the entrance of cyber city that is particularly bad, and if not for that, his commute would be five minutes.

His job is with a US based company, and his hours kind of stink. He needs to be there in the evenings to overlap with US office hours. Sometimes he doesn't come home until 10pm or later. Goes in around 11 or noon. Def check with the office culture at the company to see what kinds of hours are the norm. If you're an early bird, It may be a tough fit for you.
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Originally Posted by monks View Post My husband works in sector 24; the area is a huge cluster of office buildings commonly referred to as Cyber City. We live in sector 27, and his commute is usually 20-30 minutes. There is one u-turn to get to the entrance of cyber city that is particularly bad, and if not for that, his commute would be five minutes.

His job is with a US based company, and his hours kind of stink. He needs to be there in the evenings to overlap with US office hours. Sometimes he doesn't come home until 10pm or later. Goes in around 11 or noon. Def check with the office culture at the company to see what kinds of hours are the norm. If you're an early bird, It may be a tough fit for you.
My office at Cyber Green, there is very bad manner in traffic, people are waiting and stop there Vehicle at any points, My friend is coming from Sec-23 GGN, its hardly 5-6 km but travel time is taking 40-50 mins and some time more than 1 hr.

Road are also very bad condition.
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Originally Posted by monks View Post My husband works in sector 24; the area is a huge cluster of office buildings commonly referred to as Cyber City. We live in sector 27, and his commute is usually 20-30 minutes. There is one u-turn to get to the entrance of cyber city that is particularly bad, and if not for that, his commute would be five minutes.

His job is with a US based company, and his hours kind of stink. He needs to be there in the evenings to overlap with US office hours. Sometimes he doesn't come home until 10pm or later. Goes in around 11 or noon. Def check with the office culture at the company to see what kinds of hours are the norm. If you're an early bird, It may be a tough fit for you.
Ah, I know just the u-turn you mean I think, I stayed in Sector 29 last time I visited and we had the same problem.

In terms of work hours, we're pretty free to do the hours required, my work's an Engineering company and the Gurgaon office does work variously for clients in the Middle East, Australia and the UK, so obviously it's impossible to overlap working hours with all of them, it's basically a case of starting any time after the office opens, which I think is at 7am.

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3. I strongly suggest you look for a house in Gurgaon in a secured apartment with amenities. The advantages are:

c. The amenities come in handy- good gym, pools, running tracks, markets, banks etc are always handy.
That's something I do need to keep in mind, are there any places in South Delhi where you're likely to get the same sort of facilities? Access to a gym and pool would be a big bonus.
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Originally Posted by mr bear View Post Hi forum, I've been offered the chance to work in Gurgaon for 12 months by my work. If I come, I'll be moving with my partner, we're both in our mid 20s.

We've been offered an accommodation allowance by my work of 110000rupees per month. We'd be looking for a 2 bedroom place in a nice area, preferably in South Delhi, but we'd consider living in Gurgaon as well. I'm trying to get a feel for how far our budget will get us - I've had a look at the property rental websites (99 Acres / Magic Bricks / Sukhela, etc), but since so few of the adverts posted come with pictures of the apartments it's hard to judge the standard of them. We've been looking at the likes of Vasant Vihar, Defence Colony, Friends Colony, Jor Bagh and Green Park as potential areas we might like to stay in. Obviously we'd be looking for a place that had electricity back up, air conditioning, was safe at nights, the usual things. We'd prefer a furnished place since we're only going to be there for a year. I've been told that my work's HR department in Gurgaon will help us with arranging viewings and dealing with brokers. I realise South Delhi's a bit more of a commute, but I'm used to travelling over an hour each way to work in the UK at the moment, so that doesn't bother me too much.

Could anyone give me an idea of the sort of places we might expect to find for our budget? And any other areas we should consider given our price range?

Thanks.
Hi, im looking for the same but just for myself, you are right the websites are not that good. i have lived in delhi for 3 years, i have family there too. it is hard to find the right place unless you are there youarself. i would suggest asking your company for temp accomodation, and then setup a few viewings.

Traveling you will get tired off trust me, im from london and have driven in Delhi (NCR) and it will exhaust you. You will defo need your own car and driver.

if i find anysites during my searches will let you know
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May be http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...roker-t202564/ could help you in finding an accommodation.

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