Faridabad is in the Southern National Capital region just 25 km south of Delhi.
The nearest airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.
Various bus services ply from New Delhi to Faridabad. Beware of the ones that drop you off at the border of Faridabad and Delhi because bus or auto rides from the border to the main city area tend to be overcrowded.
Taking a taxi is a faster and more comfortable way to reach the city but it can costlier by many times. Prices may range from Rs. 300-500 for one-way travel from Delhi to Faridabad.
Due to its nearness to Delhi, Faridabad has excellent railway connectivity with trains from various parts of India. Trains ply from the Old Faridabad railway station for most of the other important cities in India. For local commuters, there are EMU train services to New Delhi, Mathura, Agra, and Ghaziabad which ply at frequent intervals. Price ranges from Rs. 10 - 15.
Public transport is mainly restricted to rickshaws and auto-rickshaws (highly polluted and dangerous). Initial prices quoted are hugely exaggerated, so you are up for heavy bargaining. Enquire from some locals about the prevailing prices from one point of the city to the other.
EMU train timings from Faridabad towards New Delhi: 7:30AM, 8:00AM, 8:20AM, 8:29AM, 9:21AM, 11:31AM, 01:02PM.
Avoid Bhadkal Jheel: This so called 'lake' is totally dry and grazing ground for local cattle, and cricket ground for nearby people. Even locals avoid it. A better option is close to New Delhi and Haryana border in Faridabad. Instead, visit Surajkund Lake Tourist Complex with comfortable range of Hotels from Haryana Tourism, boating, huts etc.
Faridabad is famous for Henna production. Henna is also called Mehendi and is a vegetable dye used in Indian weddings to decorate the hands and legs of the brides.
Various food outlets are spread throughout the city and you will find cheap as well as splurge eating joints and restaurants in the markets of every sector.
Big chains like McDonalds, Subways, Pizza Hut, Sagar Ratna, Haldirams, Cafe Coffee Day, KFC also have their outlets in various malls across the city.
Jump to the unbeatable "Sethi's" for lip-smacking cakes and pastries baked in-house. Chickenette Next door is Faridabad's best kept secret. A foodie's paradise, it has some of the hottest, literally, dishes ever that go by the name "Banzaara Tikka". Try it and everything else will pale, nee bland, in comparison. Their Paneer Tikka (not only for vegetarians) is legendary. Sethi's And Chickenette are located in the "Sector-15 Market", opposite to the Mother Dairy kiosk.
Get some whacky "paans" (assorted spices, condiments etc wrapped in betel leaves) at "SRS Mall, Sec 12". Varieties range from Chocolate Paan to Rose-Paan to the winter favourite Kesar-Badaam Paan. For the unadventurous, the simple meetha-paan will suffice.
COFFEE: Cafe Coffe Day at Suraj Kund; Nescafe at SRS-Sec12-Mall; Cafe L'Affaire at Charmswood Plaza.
Manav Rachna Dental College & Hospital, Sector- 43, Surajkund road, Aravalli hills, Faridabad. Phone no- 0129 4268800
If you intend to go to Gurgaon, do not opt for public transport.There are two options, both equally bad and time-consuming.
One option is to catch a long distance Haryana state transport bus coming from Ballabhgarh and going to Gurgaon via Faridabad. This bus takes an all Haryana route, by-passing Delhi, and crosses a hill terrain stretching for more than 25 kms. The frequency of buses on this route is one in every 30 minutes or so, but they are seldom on time. Also these buses do not come to the main Faridabad bus stand but take passengers from a nearby crossing. These buses are filled up to 5 times their capacity and the hill ride in such a crowded environment should be best avoided. En route, the buses also break down, off and on, in the middle of nowhere.
An alternative to buses on this route is to take a 'paid - lift' with the hundreds of cabs and private cars travelling on this route every hour. This hill route is not considered safe at night and should be best avoided. In spite of good police patrolling on this route, neither of the above two options can be recommended for tourists and infrequent travellers.
The other option is to take a public transport, come down to Badarpur (Delhi)Border, then to take a DTC bus to Gurgaon. These buses start from here, get equally crowded en route and easily take double the time for a shorter distance than the other route, but take you through parts of south Delhi, giving you a glimpse of the 'Qutab Minar', which is a renowned historical monument.
The best option for travel to Gurgaon, thus, is to hire an independent taxi/cab from some good tourist travel services provider.