Haryana is one of the fast-developing states in India beacuse of the respectable control the state has over education, cleanliness and sophistication. However, we all relate Haryana to the rural setting of India and agriculture on a large basis. Did you know that Haryana is also home to several historical places and archaeological sites which date back to the pre-historic times?
If not, then take a look at the prominent places to visit in Haryana this season. Ranging from lakes to gardens, historic buildings to hills and religious sites to urban areas, Haryana harbours everything to allure tourists and travellers from all around the world.
Hisar is one of the historical places in Haryana which has been ruled by the Mauryans, the Mughals, the Tughlaqs and the British. Several ancient forts and monuments built within the boundaries of Hisar showcase its rich history and put together the tale of its development over a period of time.
The major places in Hisar which attract thousands of tourists every year include Fort of Prithviraj, Krantiman Park, Blue Bird Lake, St Thomas Church, Jahaj Kothi Museum, etc.
Who can forget the epic war of Mahabharata which happened on the land of Kurukshetra between the Kauravas and the Pandavas? Also known as Dharmakshetra, the holy place, Kurukshetra is one of the oldest-known places in India and is the land of origin of Bhagavad Gita, the holy textbook in Hinduism, hence, converting this land into a pilgrimage site.
Kurukshetra was also made the centre of learning by Ashoka the Great, the legendary ruler of the Mauryan dynasty. The prominent places to visit in Kurukshetra include Brahma Sarovar, Jyotisar, Dharohar Museum, Saraswati Wildlife Sanctuary and several other religious sites.
The list of places to visit in Haryana is certainly incomplete without adding Chandigarh. One of the most beautiful urban cities, Chandigarh is a union territory and is the capital city of Haryana as well as Punjab. From natural splendour to architectural wonder, Chandigarh hosts everything within its boundaries.
According to historians, it is believed that the land of this beautiful city was once a part of Indus Valley Civilisation. The places of interests in Chandigarh include Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Capitol Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and International Dolls Museum.
The history of Karnal dates back to the period of Mahabharata and is believed to have been founded by Karna, the half-brother of Arjuna. However, there is no strong evidence found in support of its origin, it is still popular as the city of Karna. It has also served as a shelter to the British survivors during the revolt of 1857. In 2017, Karnal was voted as the cleanest city in the state of Haryana.
Being one of the greenest places in Haryana, Panchkula houses several hills, lakes and gardens. Even though the exact history of this satellite town is unknown, it is believed that Panchkula has been a major town for centuries. The major places of interest include Mata Mansa Devi Mandir, Nana Sahib, Pinjore Gardens and Kaushalya Dam.
One of the most beautiful and least-explored hill station is definitely Morni Hills. Located in the Panchkula district of Haryana, Morni Hills is popular amongst tourists for its mesmerising views and enthralling atmosphere. It is also a weekend getaway for trekkers and campers.
Flourishing in the range of Shivalik Hills, there are several places of interest within the boundaries of Morni Hills. From the museum to the ancient fort and waterfalls to lakes, the region of Morni Hills is quite rich in vegetation with cool surroundings.
Also known as the city of weavers and the textile city, Panipat has its roots buried deep down the layers of time. Being mentioned several times in the epic Mahabharata, Panipat is believed to be one of the five cities formed by the Pandava brothers.
Apart from its relation to the Vedic period, Panipat has also been the land of several wars which happened between the ruling king and the invaders. The major tourist attractions in Panipat include Panipat Museum, Ibrahim Lodi's Tomb, Sri Devi Temples, Salarganj Gate, etc.