Noida is a new and exciting place. A suburb of New Delhi to the southeast, this place has developed quickly and in an organized fashion. Today, it is home to some of the biggest companies, most important government offices and the best housing societies and complexes in India. Surprisingly, despite its dizzying growth, it has retained its original character and charm and this is what makes Noida so inviting and interesting to everyone.
If you are traveling to Noida or thinking of investing here or living here, there are a few details and some basic information that you need to know. In this blog, we will go over the basic characteristics and features of this fast developing mini-city that is quickly becoming the best place to stay in the Delhi area.
What is Noida?
Noida stands for “New Okhla Industrial Development Area.” This area was originally intended by the planning experts of the government as an extension of the Okhla Industrial Area that lies at the edge of Delhi, on the other side of the Yamuna River. Okhla in Delhi was severely overburdened so the government gave special incentives and allocated funds to develop Noida.
Due to this special status and deep focus, Noida developed very fast and in a well-planned, well-organized and intelligent way. The deluge of new investment and new development did not negatively impact the local native economy that continues to flourish at an even faster rate. Over time, many companies and people from Delhi shifted here which further bolstered the economy, infrastructure and culture.
Where is Noida
Noida is located just across the Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh. This belt was preciously uninhabitable and inaccessible due to the muddy banks of the mighty Yamuna River but then, an impressive highway called the “Noida Expressway” was built over this land that provided easy access to Noida from Delhi via the famous Ashram Chowk.
The expressway was a toll road when it was first inaugurated but having recovered its investment, the highway is now free for all and a big boon to Noida. Using the highway and the newly built metro stations, Noida has become easily accessible to Delhiites and also to people who live in the other suburbs of the national capital region.
Where to stay in Noida
The best place to stay in Noida is the area closest to Delhi. When you go deeper into Uttar Pradesh, you will continue to find impressive infrastructure and vibrant communities but decreased access to the other parts o Delhi. If you want to be able to visit Delhi regularly and conveniently, it is best to stay close to the border and to the Noida Expressway.
The sectors that are closest to Delhi include Sector 1 and Sector 18. Sector 18 can be though of as the commercial, social and cultural center of Noida as it houses the main markets, shopping centers and restaurants here. From Sector 1, these places can be reached easily and therefore, it is one of the best places to stay in Noida.
Things to do in Noida
If you visit Noida for a few days or even a few weeks, there is plenty to see and do here so that you will not get bored. Everything that you could possibly need is available here including Shopping Centers, Malls, Amusement Parks, Museums, Waterparks and even a Stadium and a Racing Track.
For children, there are many popular activities here including some impressive theme parks, which are great fun for the whole day. Malls like the Mall of India are also very popular and include a number of activities and venues for music concerts and other events. For the elderly, Noida is full of parks and open areas that are lush green and peaceful.
Good Hotels in Noida
Despite a huge increase in interest, Hotels in Noida have not increased at the same pace. While an explosion of housing societies has occurred, there are relatively few good hotels here. Only a handful of five star properties and a limited number of 3 and 4 star hotels are available as many working professionals choose to rent their own accommodations or stay in cheap, budget hotels.
One good hotel in Noida that is located in Sector 1 and is very convenient for visitors is Nio by Tarika. This boutique hotel has the feel of a business hotel but offers warm hospitality and wholesome food. Due to its strategic location and proximity to the Sector 78 Metro Station, it provides easy access to most places in Delhi.
Overall, if you are visiting Noida, Nio by Tarika is the ideal choice and the easiest hotel to book because it will give you a good feel for the city and will also allow you to check out the many interesting nooks and crannies that make Noida a suburban haven.