Tourists from all over the world flock to this place for a walk down some important chapters of Indian history.Cradled by the Himalayas in the north and the Aravallis in the south, the plains here are covered with those battle sites that have formed India's history.
Haryana tourism highlights the famous battles of Panipat, which makes it a land with a glorious history. One of its important destinations is Kurukshetra, where Lord Krishna imparted the message of the Bhagwad Gita to the Pandava warrior, Arjuna.
An important event in the calendar is the Suraj Kund Crafts Mela that takes place at Gurgaon, on the Delhi-Haryana border in the first two weeks of February. Famous for its various excavation sites, Haryana has a rich and varied history - it has witnessed the rise and fall of many an empire. Haryana is coming up as a attractive travel destination due to its close proximity to Delhi, a number of services as well as recreational centers for tourists have come up.
With its excavation sites, Haryana takes you back to pre-historic times. It also boasts of various industrial towns and pilgrim centers. The state of Haryana has a distinctive character of its own.
The Picturesque Location
Haryana is cradled amongst the Shivaliks, the lowest Himalayan range and the Aravallis that places it at quite a favorable location. An elaborate network of rivulets and canals ensures an abundant water supply even though no major river runs through the area. During the monsoon the region is quite attractive as a carpet of grass covers the hills where one can spot foxes, mongooses, jackals and occasionally a lone tiger or panther.
A Modern State
The majority of the population is Hindus, other religions are also followed here. Enriched with a colorful culture and heritage, the state blends the modern with the traditional way of life.
Although it is a modern state with good transportation facilities and important industries, Haryana's prime occupation remains agriculture. It has an intricate irrigation network as well as a few deposits of mineral ores.
Arts & Crafts
In this state dominated by villages, craftsmanship is largely confined to pottery and various kinds of embroidery and weaving. Theatre, an integral part of the state, is very popular attraction in Harayana tourism, with the themes revolving around mythology and religion.
Music & Dance
The tradition of music and dance goes back to the times when India was the land of kings and queens, princes and princesses. The people have simple tastes and preferences and have their own distinctive lifestyle.
Places to see:
Following places are major tourist attractions in Haryana:
Kurukshetra: 160 km away from Delhi along the national highway NH1, it is the battle ground between the Pandavas and the Kauravas as mentioned in the great Indian epic the Mahabharata. This is where, Lord Krishna inculcated Arjuna, the lessons of Karma and Dharma, which took shape in the Bhagwat Gita.
Panipat: Three fabled battles of Panipat remain important landmarks in the history of India. The first between Babar and Ibrahim Lodhi paved the way for the great Mughal Empire in India.
Badhkal Lake: Only 32kms away from Delhi, it offers a charming day out. Manicured gardens and a serene ambience surround the lake.
Dumdama Lake: The Lake is another attractive day excursion only 56kms away from Delhi. The Aravalli hills provide a picturesque backdrop to the placid lake, which has facilities for canoeing, kayaking & angling.
Panchkula: 8kms away from Chandigarh, Panchkula is home to the temple of Goddess Shakti, consort of Lord Shiva. The temple was built by the Maharaja of Patiala to commemorate his victory in a battle in 1861.
Surajkund: The Lake, built by a Rajput king Surajpal Tomar, represents the rising sun. The ruins of a Sun temple lie around the lake. The place is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Haryana for its annual fair in February in a bid to promote the traditional handicrafts and handlooms of the state and India.
Apart from the ones mentioned above, other important tourist attractions in Haryana are: Dabchik, Karna Lake, Sultanpur, Sohna to name only a few.
How to Reach Haryana by Air: The main airport of the state is in its capital Chandigarh. Which is well connected with the cities of North India. Some parts of Haryana is also very close to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi which also provides an easy access to the state.
How to Reach Haryana by Road: Haryana can boast of an excellent road network to and from the state. Some parts of the state are within the National Capital Region and are at a short driving distance from Delhi. A good network of National Highways and State Highways also serves other parts of the state.
How to Reach Haryana by Rail:The main railway station is Chandigarh. Apart from that, Delhi has four Railway Stations, which are within approachable distance from any part of Haryana.