Noida sits on the border of Delhi and is one of the fastest growing cities in India.
Standing for the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority, Noida was conceived in the 1980s to absorb the growth and development of Delhi. It was one of the first planned cities of its kind.
Located on the Delhi Metro and just 20 minutes drive from Connaught Place – the heart of New Delhi – Noida is an ideal place to stay for business and leisure travellers.
Given a Special Economic Zone status, Noida fast became an attractive town for businesses looking to escape the congestion and steep rents in Delhi.
Many multinational firms have flocked to set up their outsourcing centres in Noida and it has also become a hub for the production of automobile spare parts. Noida Film City has attracted many national and international news channels and television studios.
Its good transport links, low pollution levels and new residential complexes have attracted many middle class Indian residents as well commuters to Delhi and the surrounding industrial towns of Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon.
Noida’s many park and good plant cover make it a pleasant city to visit.
When to go:
The best time to visit Noida is from November to March.
- Invest in some art at the fashionable Stupa Art Gallery, which stocks established and up-and-coming artists. It has many excellent exhibitions.
- Take a tour of Noida Film City and witness the magic of movie making first hand.
- Spend a day at Great India Place Mall, a theme park and shopping mall.
- Go dancing at one of Noida’s many nightclubs.
- Explore some of Noida’s more traditional markets, such as the Atta Market.
- Wander around the Red Fort (Lal Quila), which represents the splendour of the Mughal Empire. It was built in the 17th century by Shah Jahan as the palace of his new capital, which would be the seventh city of Delhi.
- Jump on the metro to visit the World Heritage-listed Humayun’s Tomb, built in the 16th century by the Persian-born wife of the second Mughal Emperor, Huamayun. It is a fine example of Mughal architecture.
- Don’t miss Qutb Minar in Delhi. The red sandstone minaret, reaching over 72m into the sky, is the world’s tallest brick minaret and was completed in 1386.
- While you’re in Delhi, visit the magnificent Jama Masjid. Completed in 1658 it is the largest mosque in India.
- Take in a round of golf at Greens Golf Resort.