The City Of Urban Bastis Or Mini Gurgaons, Gurgaon Is Rife!

An aerial view of the Millennium City of Gurgaon would show various Mini Gurgaon’s that make the city what it is. With the highway separating the old from the new! And Gurgaon is not just about swanky high rise buildings, glass facade office spaces, ‘straight out of a magazine’ villas and air conditioned malls. Better employment opportunities have made the Millennium City a popular destination for migrants, of every nature. Thousands of people from various states of the country have chosen to reside here for this very reason. Various Gurgaons co exist and are encapsulated into it. Each of Gurgaon’s mini Gurgaons are self sufficient in every which way, with various elements in place!

Evolution Of Urban Villages

ghetto gurgaon

Villages along the MG Road, the Mall Mile of Gurgaon, have got developed as migrants have settled here. Villages like Sikandarpur, Nathupur, Chakkarpur and Silokhra close to the upscale localities of the DLF phases have an urban look. Most of the migrants live in these villages which offer affordable accommodations and are not very far from their workplace. While there is no recorded data of the current population of each village, the bigger ones along the MG Road have close to one lakh residents each. A one-room apartment with bathroom and kitchen space costs somewhere between Rs 2,000 and Rs 5,000 in these villages. These ghettos are self sufficient in themselves with markets, daily needs shops, salons, schools etc.

ghettos in gurgaon

The original natives sold most of their land when government and builders started acquiring their land for development projects in the city. With agricultural land being used for development, they were left with no source of income. Over the time, the city saw an influx of migrants, who needed affordable living spaces.The natives tried to cash in on this opportunity. They got houses constructed on whatever small space of land was available to them and rented out these houses to the migrants. “Gradually, residents started earning from these rented accommodations and it became a popular and profitable venture. There are people who earn in lakhs from tenants. On the other hand, villages are doing Gurgaon a favour by providing low-income housing to the labourers and the service class. If not for this segment, Gurgaon would have been full of slums.

The Many Mini Gurgaons

DLF Phase 2 and The Mall Mile (MG Road), Sushant Lok 1ghettos in gurgaon

Prominent Malls: MGF Metropolitan Mall, Grand Mall, City Centre Mall, MGF Metropolis Mall.

Markets: Central Arcade

Hospitals: Uma Sanjeevani Hospital, Privat Hospital

Schools: Delhi Public School, American Public School

Hotels: Westin

Villages Close by: Sikanderpur, Chakkarpur

DLF 1, Part of the Golf Course Roadghettos in gurgaon

Prominent Malls: Mega Mall

Markets: Qutub Plaza Market, Arjun Marg Market.

Hospitals: Ark hospital, Neelkanth Hospital

Schools: Shiv Nadar School

Hotels: Bristol

Villages Close by: Sikanderpur, Chakkarpur

DLF Phase 3, Garden Estate, Ambience Apartments etc.

ghettos in gurgaon

Prominent Malls: Ambience Mall

Markets: Sikanderpur Market, Yadav Market

Hospitals: Neelkanth Hospital, Saint Stephen’s Hospital

Schools: The Shriram School, Moulsari

Hotels: The Leela

Villages Close by: Sikanderpur, Nathupur

DLF Phase 5, DLF Phase 4,Golf Course Road, Sector 56ghettos in gurgaon

Prominent Malls: Mega Mall, South Point Mall

Markets: DLF Galleria, Supermart 1, Supermart 2, HUDA Market Sector 56

Hospitals: Max, Fortis

Schools: Shiv Nadar School, The Shriram School Aravali, Scottish High School, Suncity World School

Hotels: Anya, Ibis, Double Tree by Hilton

Villages Close by: Sikanderpur, Wazirabad

Golf Course Extension Road, Sector 57, Nirvana Country, Sohna Road

ghettos in gurgaon

Prominent Malls: Raheja Mall, Omaxe City Centre, Omaxe Celebration Mall

Markets: Nirvana Courtyard Market, Hongkong Bazaar

Hospitals: Artemis, Fortis

Schools: Delhi Public School, Heritage School, Scottish High School, Lotus Valley School, St. Xaviers.

Hotels: Double Tree by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn

Villages Close by: Gwal Pahari, Tigra, Badshahpur

Sector 29, 30, 31, Sector 14 & 15

ghettos in gurgaon

Prominent Malls: Star Mall, Galaxy Mall,

Markets: Sector 31 HUDA market, Sector 14 & 15 Market

Hospitals: Fortis, GNH Hospital, Kalyani Hospital

Schools: Delhi Public School, DAV Public School, Salwan Public School

Hotels: Galaxy, Crowne Plaza

Villages Close by: Sukhrali

Udyog Vihar, Palam Vihar

ghettos in gurgaon

Prominent Malls: Ambience Mall

Markets: Palam Vihar Vyapar Kendra Market, Palam Vihar H Block Market

Hospitals: Columbia Asia Hospital

Schools: The Maurya School, Swiss Cottage School

Hotels: The Lemon Tree Hotel, The Oberoi

Villages Close by: Brijwasan

The Many Ghettos in Gurgaon


Wazirabad: Close to sector 56 and 57

Nathupur: Next to DLF 3

Chakkarpur: Behind Sahara Mall on the MG Road

Sikanderpur: Between DLF 1 and 2

Gwal Pahari: From Golf Course Road towards Faridabad

Tigra: Sector 50 Gurgaon (adjacent to Nirvana Country)

Silokhra: Near HUDA City Centre (Sector 29 and thereabouts)


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Adarssh Gill Brar

Armed with a Masters in Economics degree (and innumerable life’s degrees in experiential and hands on learning!), Adarssh Gill Brar is a creative and ambitious go getter, who constantly looks forward to learning from life and conceiving innovative ideas. This attitude, intertwined with her flair for writing led Adarsh to venture into the world of blogging and social media. She has her rose tinted glasses on perpetually every moment of the day, and humor and optimism are her very oxygen!


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