Haryana- The Abode of 'Hari'
Haryana is the state where the seed of Indian culture and civilization blossomed. Nestled in the foothills of Aravalli, this small state extends over an area of around 44,000 sq km in North India. Haryana, meaning Home of Hari or Lord Vishnu boasts of its glorious history that dates back to the Vedic age.
Haryana has been a bystander of the rise and fall of many empires. The battle between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, mentioned in the great Hindu epic, Mahabharata is said to has been fought in its famous city of Kurukshetra. Lord Krishna imparted the teachings of the Bhagwad Gita to Arjuna, a Pandava warrior. Haryana is famed for its age-old temples, imposing architecture and lush greenery, which beckon large number of devotees and visitors from different parts of the country.
Major Tourist Attractions
Lies 160 km away from Delhi along the national highway NH1, Kurukshetra is the battle ground between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Imbued in history and glory, it is a must visit destination in Haryana. Lord Krishna inculcated the preaching on Karma and Dharma to Arjuna, which later on took shape in the Bhagwat Gita, the holy Hindu scripture.
The city of Panipat has its significance in history. It served as the venue for the three battles of Panipat. Owing to its strong historical connection and numerous monuments, the town is a popular tourist destination. The Panipat museum, Old Fort, Devi temple and tomb of Bu Ali Shah Kalandar are some of the noteworthy attraction of the city.
This beautiful lake positions itself just 32 km away from Delhi. The lake is the perfect option for a charming day out. Well-laid gardens, and a tranquil ambience around the lake leaves visitors with a soothing experience.
Sprawled over a large area of 100 acres of land, it is a must visit place in Chandigarh. The huge expansion of land also encompasses an array of attractions like mini zoo, nursery, Japanese garden and several beautiful lawns. The garden looks spectacular with colourful lights and fountains got illuminated during nights.
Another picnic spot with spectacular environs, Dumdama Lake lies along the backdrop of Aravalli hills. It offers visitors the facilities to take delight in activities like Canoeing, Angling and Kayaking.
The city is known for its temple, dedicated to Shakti, the consort of God Shiva. The Maharaja of Patiala constructed the temple in 1861 to celebrate his victory.
The place serves as the most popular attraction in Haryana. A 10th century Surajkund Lake lies here, which is the contribution of the Rajput king Surajpal. The term “Surajkund” signifies “Reservoir of the Sun”. It got its name from a renowned Sun temple that once lie here.
Surajkund boasts of its lush surroundings that attract visitors. The site also serves as a venue for the famous Surajkund Crafts Mela, organized in February every year. Visitors can go on shopping of traditional handicrafts and hand looms at the fair.
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
The sanctuary is popular with bird lovers and adventure enthusiasts. It is home to various bird species that include the migratory birds. Incepted by the eminent Ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali, this bird sanctuary invites biologists from across the world.
Best time to Visit
The best time to visit Haryana is between October to March. During these months, tourists can enjoy roaming around in a pleasant and cool weather.
Haryana has no dearth of accommodation options. Starting from luxurious to budget, every type of hotel is available.
How To Reach
The Chandigarh airport is linked to cities like Delhi, Amritsar, and Leh. Vicinity to the Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi offers the state easy access to various places in India as well as abroad.
All the major destinations in Haryana are connected to Delhi by a good network of trains. Both the Central as well as the Northern Railways have extensive networks in the state.
The state has an excellent road network that links all the places in Haryana and from the places outside the state like Punjab, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.