Set in the foothills of Aravalli, the small state of Haryana sprawls over an area of over 44,000 square kilometers in North India. It was founded in 1966 when the former state of Punjab was divided into Haryana and the modern Punjab.Haryana, meaning Home of Hari (goddess Vishnu) has a proud history that dates back to the Vedic age. It has witnessed the rise and fall of many an empire. The battle between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, described in the great epic Mahabharata is believed to have been fought on the site of the modern Kurukshetra in Haryana. It was here that Lord Krishna imparted to the Pandava warrior, Arjun the teachings of the Bhagwad Gita. Haryana is renowned for its ancient temples, impressive architecture and lush greenery, which attract large number of devotees and holidaymakers from all parts of the country.
Haryana, the land of great culture and heritage is coming up as an attractive travel destination. Due to its proximity to Delhi, a number of services as well as recreational centers for tourists have come up in Haryana. Haryana tourism highlights on cultural, pilgrim tourism, adventure, golf tourism, and developing new locations as crafts centers. In order to attract more and more holidaymakers, Haryana Tourism Development Corporation has taken major steps for the preservation of heritage sites, development of infrastructure and new tourist spots at various cities of Haryana. Tourist complexes have been developed at various tourist attractions of Haryana, which offer comfortable accommodation at affordable prices. Haryana is renowned for its handicrafts, folk music, dance, pottery and kinds of embroidery and weaving. The grand Suraj Kund Crafts Mela organized by Haryana Tourism displays the finest handloom, handicrafts and lively culture of Haryana and other Indian states. More information about Haryana tourism can be obtained from Haryana tourism offices, Haryana tourism guide and the official website of Haryana tourism.
Adventure tourism in Haryana attracts many tourists. Haryana became a major Adventure Sport destination of India with the forming of its Adventure Club in November 1991. Rock Climbing, River Rafting, Canoeing trekking and parasailing are some of the adventure sports activities that are conducted at different places in the state including Pinjore gardens, Damadama Lake, Panota Sahib to Hathnikund. Haryana in also noted for golf tourism. The state boasts of two big golf courses owned by Haryana Tourism. Spread over 45 acres, The Aravalli Golf course of Haryana Tourism was designed by Stephen Kay, a renowned golf course architect from the U.S.A in 1988. The other course, named the Highway Golf Course, is a 9-hole course adjacent to the Karna Lake on National Highway 1. Haryana tourism has also started offering "farm holidays" as a form of agritourism.
The best time to visit Haryana is between the months of October to March when the weather is pleasant and cool.
Kurukshetra, Panipat, Badhkal Lake, Sultanpur bird sanctuary, Dumdama Lake, Panchkula, Magpie Surajkund, Karna, Tilyar Lake, Yadavindra Gardens, Prithaviraj ki Kutchery, Morni hills, Thaneswar are the important tourist attractions in Haryana. Some other noteworthy Haryana travel destination include Jyotisar, Pehowa and Dabchik.
Travel to Haryana by Air: The nearest airport is at Chandigarh, which is well connected with cities of North India like Delhi, Amritsar and Leh. Some cities of Haryana are located in close proximity to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, which gives the state greater access to places in India and abroad.
Travel to Haryana by Rail: A good network of trains connects all the major places of Haryana to Delhi and other important cities of India. Both the Central and Northern Railways have extensive networks in the state.
Travel to Haryana by Road: Haryana has an excellent road network to and from the state. Some parts of Haryana come in 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.