Haryana

Capital
Chandigarh
Population
16 464 000
Area
44 000 km²
Languages
Hindi

Best time to visit
October - March
Climate (°C)
Semi arid as well as a tropical climate

About

Haryana Virtually the 'green' state Haryana surrounds Delhi on almost three sides. Its close proximity to Delhi also makes the areas around Delhi , industrial townships.

Haryana is primarily an agricultural state with some major industrial areas being developed by the government of India. It is one of the more developing states and offers a network of 45 tourist complexes, set up along the national and state highways.

Haryana has always remained a State for diverse races, cultures and faiths. It is on this soil that they met, fused and crystallized into something truly India. The people of Haryana have preserved their old religious and social traditions. They celebrate festivals with great enthusiasm and traditional fervor. Their culture and popular art are expressed mimes, dramas, ballads and songs in which they take great delight.

How to get here

Air
Delhi is the closest airport.

Rail & bus
Links from Chandigarh

Places to visit

Faridabad - Karna Lake - Panchkula - Panipat - Pataudi - Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary - Suraj Kund - Yadavindra Pinjore Gardens - Dumdama - Kurukshetra

.: Faridabad
One of the oldest towns in Haryana. Legend has it that emperor Jahangir's treasurer Shaikh Farid founded the town in 1607 AD. Another story goes that its founder was Baba Farid, an eminent sufi saint. His grave in the town is a popular pilgrimage spot for the local population.

A State of diverse races, cultures and faiths

.: Karna Lake
Once a marshy and shallow land, it is now a popular picnic spot with restaurant, bar, conference hall and elegant cottages.

.: Panchkula
A scenic place with a number of nurseries, including the famous cactus garden, Panchkula is beautifully laid out with the residents maintaining scenic gardens. Pinjore, flourish in many places, the antiquity of which has been established by archaeological explorations. Panchkula is a good base to explore recently developed places like Morni hills and the Pinjore complex.

.: Panipat
A fascinating place located on top of a mound and forms the gateway to North India. It is well placed along the national highway to Delhi and shares a border with Uttar Pradesh. It has a rich history and an equally rich tradition. Known as the city of looms, Panipat is popular for the richness of its handloom products. Termed as the cradle of rich Indian cultural heritage, it is also considered a holy land, a land of vedas and divinity.

.: Pataudi
Pataudi lies at about a distance of 29 km from Gurgaon. The town was found in the reign of Jalal-ud-Din Khilji by a Mewati Chieftain, Pata, who named it Pataudi.The palace of the Nawab of Pataudi, built in 1934, is a remarkable building. It has a cricket ground in its premises. There is famous temple of Mahadeva at Inchapuri, about 8 km from town.

.: Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
The Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, 42 km south-west of Delhi, was founded by the famous ornithologist, Peter Jackson. With more than a 100 species of birds, including the flamingoes, this sanctuary also has a museum, watch towers and hideouts. The best time to visit this place is September - March.

.: Suraj Kund
The Suraj Kund Tourist Complex is situated in a place steeped in history. It is said that the Tomara ruler Raja Suraj Pal had a tank made for his daughter to represent the rising sun which consisted of a semi-circular stepway leading down to a lake. The ruins of a Sun temple lie around the lake, and people insist that the lake had healing powers in days gone by.

.: Yadavindra Pinjore Gardens
The Yadavindra Pinjore Gardens, located in Pinjore 22 km from Chandigarh, were designed by Fidai Khan, Mughal emperor Aurangzeb's foster brother. These gardens house the Shish Mahal palace built in the Rajasthan-Mughal style with symmetrical designs. Below the Shish Mahal are the Rang Mahal and the cubical Jal Mahal.

.: Dumdama
A lake surrounded by the captivating Aravali Ranges and is popular for rock climbing and paragliding.

.: Kurukshetra
The ancient land of Kurukshetra is regarded as the birthplace of one of the greatest religions of the world, Hinduism. It is the land where the sage Manu penned his 'Manusmriti' and where learned 'rishis' compiled the Rig Veda and Sama Veda. Kurukshetra, named after the great sage king Kuru, is also the site of the epic battle of Mahabharata. It was graced with the visits of Lord Krishna, the Buddha and the Sikh gurus.

 



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