- Capital: Chandigarh
- Population: 50.6 million
- Area: 44,000 sq. km
- Language: Hindi, Haryanvi
- Best Season: October to March
- Weather: Summers 18C- 45C. Winters 4C-33C
Places to See Around
Haryana’s importance in travel and tourism has been better felt by numerous tourists who visit the land owing to its salubrious climate and attractions like hills, tanks, and forests. The state is studded with century-old monuments, temples, gardens and other attractions.
Thorny, dry, deciduous forests can be found all over the state. During the monsoon, a carpet of grass covers the hills. Rainfall is varied, with the Shivalik Hills region being the wettest and the Aravali Hills region being the driest. It is best to visit Haryana between the months of June to October.
The state, also called as “The Madhyama Dis” (middle region) of the Later Vedic Period was the birthplace of the Hindu religion. This was the area where the first hymns of the so-called Aryans were sung and the most ancient manuscripts were written. The epic battle between the Kauravas and Pandavas, recorded in the Indian epic poem, the Mahabharata, took place at Kurukshetra - a place of religious importance in Haryana.
Some of the major places of interest in this city are:
Brahma Sarovar: Every year lakhs of people come to take a holy bath at Brahma Sarovar on the occasion of "Somavati Amavasya" (Sacred No-Moon Day that happens on a Monday).
Sannihit Sarovar: This Sarovar is believed to be the meeting point of seven sacred Saraswatis. Bathing in the waters of the tank on the day of Amavasya (night of complete darkness) or on the day of an eclipse bestows blessings equivalent to performing the ashvamedh yajna.
Karna Lake is a major tourist attraction in the Karnal district. It is located at a distance of 125 km from both Chandigarh and Delhi, thus serving as a midway halt while traveling between the two cities on the famous Grand Trunk Road. The folklore is very fascinating and keeps the tourists interested. It is ideal to spend a day or two in Ambala and take a look at all the wonderful places.
Sultanpur National Park is a popular picnic spot especially during the winter migration months when thousands of birds visit here from across the globe. There are four watch towers located at different points, an education and interpretation center, a library, films, slides and binoculars for the benefit of bird lovers.
A walk along the perimeter of the park takes up to two hours. A room dedicated to the memory of Dr. Salim Ali, which contains his bust, photographs, write ups, and some of his personal effects. The park is 50 km from Delhi and 15 km from Gurgaon on the Gurgaon - Farukh Nagar Road.
Tilyar Lake is one of the major tourist attractions and is 70 kilometers from New Delhi on the Delhi – Fazilka highway. The lake lies in a 132-acre area and forms an integral part of the tourist setup, making it one of the greenest stretches in the adjoining area. The spacious lawns and the scenery on view make this resort a great place to relax. It is also an excellent spot for watching a variety of birds that flock on the little island located in the middle of the lake.