16 464 000
44 000 km²
time to visit
October - March
Semi arid as well as a tropical climate
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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
A lake surrounded by the captivating Aravali Ranges and is
popular for rock climbing and paragliding.
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.