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.
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 croses a hill terrain stretching for more than 25 km. 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 enroute 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 is to hire an independent taxi/cab from some good tourist travel services provider.
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 local about the prevailing prices from one point of the city to the other.
Haryana Roadways (Haryana Govt. State Roadways) runs local buses throughout the city. This is very comfortable and non-polluting. This buses runs very frequently.
EMU train timings from Faridabad towards New Delhi: 7:30AM, 8AM, 8:20AM, 8:29AM, 9:21AM, 11:31AM, 01:02PM.
- Siddhadata Temple. Complex situated on Badhkal-Surajkund road. A very peaceful place.
- Shiva temple. In Sainik Colony Sec-49 is also a must see, with 22Ft high Siva-ling.
- Town Park. A beautiful park located in sector-12. Relax with family, and the children can enjoy various rides.
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.
- Kranti Sharma, G169. Sector 10, DLF (nearby SRS Mall), ☎ . We are open to people who are looking for volunteering opportunities in this area. Are able to arrange projects such as orphanages with street children, medical projects, teaching English, and others can be arranged to fit the desire of volunteers. We have low-cost volunteering in India for international volunteers. Rs. 500/day ($10).
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.
- Malls Crown Plaza, SRS Mall, Pristine Mall, Crown Interiorz, Parsvnath City mall, Parsvnath Mall Manhattan, Destination Point, Eldeco Station 1, SRS Shubham.
- Sector 15 Market. A good place for youngsters to hang out with friends and enjoy delicious food. Chickenette, Perfect Bake, Subway, Sethi's Delicacy, Choudhary Dhaba & Anupam Sweets all provide finger licking good options.
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 McDonald's, Subway, Pizza Hut, Sagar Ratna, Haldiram's, Cafe Coffee Day and KFC also have their outlets in various malls across the city.
- Red Chillie's (Sec 17). Chinese fast food joint which provides exceptionally tasty fast foods like Momos, Crispy Chilli Chicken and Hong Kong Noodles. The Chicken Momos are a speciality.
- More Than Paranthas, Crowne Plaza Mall. If you are looking for some exotic varieties of Parathas, "More Than Paranthas" has over 200 varieties and the menu also includes kebabs and biryanis.
- Pind-Balluchi. A cool place for OK food, a village scene ambience, a dance floor in "Mudra" the "discotheque", and party place. The ice-cream counter stocks some specialities hitherto unheard of, such as a "paan-flavoured ice-cream".
- Sethi's and Chickenette (Sector-15 Market, opposite Mother Dairy kiosk). Sethi's has cakes and pastries baked in-house. Chickenette next door has one of the hottest dishes ever, which goes by the name "Banzaara Tikka". Try it and everything else will pale — nay, bland — in comparison. Their Paneer Tikka (not only for vegetarians) is legendary.
- SRS Mall, Sec 12, SSRS Mall, Sec 12. Get some whacky "paans" (assorted spices, condiments etc. wrapped in betel leaves). Varieties range from Chocolate Paan to Rose-Paan to the winter favourite, Kesar-Badaam Paan. For the unadventurous, the simple meetha-paan will suffice.
- Cafe 31. Coffee Shop Cafe 31 reflects the exuberance and lively hues of spices. Its décor is further revealed in its varied menus and diversity of dishes. The coffee shop serves multi-cuisine Indian and Continental meals.
- Hotel Delite, Millenium, Rajmandir, Mahalakshmi, Neelam Bata Road NIT. 11AM -11PM. 600-1500 for 2.
- Le Moksh, Parsvnath Mall sector 12. 11AM-11PM. 1500 for 2.
- Vegas Dreams, Sector 11 market near Milan sweets. 11AM-11PM. 600 for 2 people.
- Hotel delite, Neelam Bata Rd, ☎ . The hotel houses a total of 70 air-conditioned rooms and suites, attached bathrooms with separate shower cubicles, color TV with satellite channels, international direct dial telephone, in-house laundry and dry cleaning and 24-hr room service
- K Hotel, Sector 31, ☎ . The hotel offers tastefully appointed rooms and suites, fully furnished ready to move in serviced apartments and extensive conferencing & banqueting facilities. Service Apartment
- Ballabgarh - a town nearby to the south.