Tourism in Haryana
Haryana has a grand history, that dates back to the Vedic age.
The state was home to the legendary Bharata dynasty, which gave
the name 'Bharat ' to India. Kurukshetra, the scene of the great
epic battle between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, is situated in
this state. Haryana was made into a full - fledged state on 1st
The state is bound by Uttar Pradesh and Delhi in the east, Punjab
in the west, Himachal Pradesh in the north, and Rajasthan in the
Haryana has a network of 43 tourist complexes, which are, incidentally,
named after birds. These have been set up along the national/ state
highways, and at districts, towns and places around Delhi. Some
of the tourist complexes in Haryana are Badhkal Lake, Dabchik, Jungle
Babbler, Karna Lake, Kala Teetar, Kingfisher, Parakeet, Magpie,
Rajhans, Skylark, Sohna, Surajkund and Yadvindra Gardens at Pinjore.
The immensely popular Surajkund Crafts Mela is held every year,
in the month of February, to promote Indian arts and handicrafts.
The 'Mango Festival' and the 'Kurukshetra Festival' are the other
much - awaited events.
Places to see in Haryana
Kurukshetra has been, the fountainhead, as it were, of Hinduism.
This was the place, where the glorious epic battle of the Mahabharata
was fought. Kurukshetra is dotted with about 360 places of pilgrimage,
intrinsically related to the Mahabharata. Principal amongst the
holy water tanks of this revered land, is the Brahma Sarovar. The
main attraction of this tank, is the small temple built at its very
centre. Another sacred water tank is the Sannihit Tank. Beside this
lake, are temples of Lord Vishnu, Lord Hanuman and Goddess Durga.
The Krishna Museum has beautiful wooden carvings, and other images
depicting the various phases of Lord Krishna's life. The Gurudwara
dedicated to Guru Hargobindji, the sixth Guru of the Sikhs, is near
the Sannihit Tank.
Just 32 km from Delhi, in the district of Faridabad, Badhkal lake
is a popular picnic spot. Badhkal charms with its vibrant gardens
and overwhelming serenity. It boasts of a bath complex, which comes
equipped with a swimming pool and sauna facilities. Boating facilities
are also available.
Located on the Delhi - Agra highway at a distance of 92 km from
Delhi, Dabchick is an idyllic locale. Draping vernonia, bright bougainvillae
and tall casuarinas have been strategically laid out.
Located at a distance of 124 km from Delhi, the beautiful Karna
lake, was once a marshy and shallow land. It is now the site of
a plush restaurant, bar, conference hall and elegant cottages. Sprawling
green lawns, perfect for picnicking and boating facilities render
it a popular tourist attraction.
Also known as the Damdama lake, Saras is located at a distance
of 64 km, from Delhi. The Aravalli hills form the majestic backdrop,
while the depressions before these hills have been banked up on
one side, forming a vast water body. This lake is deep, and nearly
8 km in length. The lake has excellent facilities for canoeing,
kayaking and angling.
Located in Pinjore at a distance of 22 km from Chandigarh, the
Yadavindra Gardens are perhaps the only Mughal gardens, that have
a symmetric design. One of the most sought after holiday resorts,
the gardens offer a restaurant, bar, conference hall and guest rooms.
A mini zoo, and a Japanese garden are the other attractions.
Just 8 km from South Delhi, Surajkund is a complex of sorts. Though
pristine and suburban, it provides some of the most luxurious of
facilities. The 5-Star Hotel Rajhans provides restaurants, bars,
a 24-hour coffee shop and conference halls. It also has a health
club with facilities for sauna, steam bath, massage, swimming, billiards,
tennis and yoga.
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
Just 42 km away from Delhi, this bird sanctuary was founded by
the famous ornithologist Peter Jackson. Here, there are more than
a hundred species of birds. The sanctuary has hideouts, watch towers,
and a museum.
How To Get There
By Air: Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab, is
well - connected by air with New Delhi. Indian Airlines and Vayudoot
operate regular flights.
By Road: Buses ply quite frequently between Chandigarh
and New Delhi ( 250 km ), and the trip takes about five hours.
By Rail: The superfast Shatabdi Express runs daily
between Chandigarh and New Delhi.