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Haryana

Chandigarh:  

Located at the foothills of the mighty Shivalik Ranges, Chandigarh is the capital city of Haryana and Punjab. An epitome of efficient planning and elegant gardens and lakes, Chandigarh is one of the most modern cities of India. Originally designed by French architect Le Corbusier, Chandigarh stands out for its outstanding town planning. The city is divided into 47 sectors with wide roads neatly flanked by trees and bushes. It is a major transit point to the Himalayan cities of Shimla and Solan. Chandigarh is one of the vibrant Indian cities with a number of festivals around the year. The Mango Festival held in June at Pinjore Gardens attracts mango lovers from all corners of the world while the weekly Chandigarh Plaza carnival is one of the most highly anticipated festivals in the city. Chandigarh being equally important to both Haryana and Punjab offers a cross section of gourmet delights touching both Haryanvi and Punjabi culture alike. The city is also a shopper’s delight with the famous emporiums located in sector 17, the main shopping centre of Chandigarh, offering wood crafts and the traditional leather jutties.  From Bird watching to walking in beautiful gardens and fitness trails, Chandigarh has something for everyone. The best time to visit Chandigarh is between November and March when the temperatures are in the range of 20-25 degrees.

 

Gurgaon:  

The city of Gurgaon lying in close vicinity to the national capital of New Delhi is one of Haryana's fastest growing urban centers. Known as the Millennium City, Gurgaon is a vibrant modern city and home to world's biggest IT companies with posh office buildings and elite shopping malls.  The city with all its modern sophisticated lifestyle also offers a unique blend of old Indian cultural and spiritual heritage. Gurgaon hosts a number of religious festivals including the most widely attended Karthik Cultural Festival offering a unique insight into Haryana's folk arts and ancient Indian martial arts. Gurgaon is the face of modern new age India and offers immense escapades for tourists including shopping and gourmet delights. While on the one hand the city offers old time Haryanvi cuisine including dairy products and bajra rotis, trendy malls, shopping centers have state of the art restaurants, cafes and bars to cater to the taste of the cosmopolitan traveler. Gurgaon is a business hotbed and attracts a large number of business travelers all throughout the year. The city has excellent five start and seven star luxury hotels while the city's golf course is a widely popular place for the sports fanatics.It is also home to India's first live entertainment and leisure hotspot called the Kingdom of Dreams underlining old Indian heritage with a blend of modern day India with live programs and shows all through the year.

 

Manesar:  

Manesar is a fast developing industrial town on the outskirts Gurgaon. Situated on the lower Aravalli Ranges, Manesar is located on a hill acting as a gateway to the popular Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. The sulphur springs located at Sohna are a widely visited tourist attraction. The Sohna sulphur springs attract religious tourists especially at times of solar, lunar eclipses and Somvati Amavasya with devotees taking religious bath in the miraculous spring water. The best time to visit Manesar is during the winter season between October and March when the weather is cool and pleasurable.

 

Faridabad:

Faridabad is the industrial hotbed of Haryana and is part of the National Capital region (NCR). The city located at a distance of 25 Kms from New Delhi is known for its including machine tools and light engineering product manufacturing. The city has brilliant historic landmarks including Badhkal Lake, Baba Farid Tomb and Raja Nahar Singh Palace. Faridabad is also a very popular tourist hub for rock climbing enthusiasts with exclusive rock climbing facilities in Dhauj Lake offering more than 2000 different climbing routes having both natural and manmade climbs that are a treasure for rock climbers giving them an adrenaline boost. Faridabad as the city is a major production centre of Henna. Being an industrial city, Faridabad has a good variety of boarding facilities having both luxury and budget hotels. Eating out in Faridabad can bring the tourists in sync with Haryana gourmet delights including pani puri and Lassi while elite restaurants serving exotic food varieties are available across the city. Faridabad is a hot and dusty town in summers and the monsoon season from July to September is the ideal visiting season.

 

Panchkula:  

Panchkula, part of the Chandigarh Tri cities along with Mohali and Chandigarh, is one of the most well planned cities of Haryana. Due to its close proximity to the hills of Himachal Pradesh, Panchkula is receives a host of tourists virtually all through the year. The Pinjore Gardens also known as Yadavindra Gardens are a famous tourist attraction in Panchkula. The Pinjore Gardens not only act as a great picnic hotspot for travelers but is also famous for its annual mango festival with a wide variety of mangos on display. For the adventure loving travelers, Panchkula offers the beautiful and lovely hamlet of Morni Hills which is an ideal destination for adventurous activities like rock climbing and trekking away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded urban lifestyle. The town of Panchkula is located in a strategic location and easily reachable from all nearby cities and towns. Flights can be taken to the nearest airport of Chandigarh with regular cab and bus services available.

 

Karnal:  

Karnal is one of the biggest and ancient cities of Haryana. Tracing its origin to the times of Mahabharata, Karnal offers a host of spiritually important locations. Modern day Karnal is a growing industrial center and is a manufacturing hub for agricultural tools and spares. Biggest tourist attractions in Karnal include the Karnal Lake which is a man made artificial lake offering Accommodation facilities and escapades like boating and bird watching. People of Karnal are warm and friendly and due to its close proximity to Punjab, Karnal offers a blend of Haryanvi and Punjabi cuisine. Shopping enthusiasts visiting Karnal must check out the magnificent folk lore paintings and handicrafts of the city. The best time to visit Karnal like most other regions of Haryana is the winter season from October to March.

 

Kurukshetra:  

The ancient town of Kurukshetra is a great pilgrimage city of Haryana. Located at a distance of 160 Kms from the national capital New Delhi, Kurukshetra is surrounded on the North and eastern side by rivers Saraswati and Yamuna.  Kurukshetra is not just sacred to the Hindus but offers a wide array of cultural and spiritual centers including Kunds and Gurudwaras that unify the history of Indian civilization.  Largely a pilgrimage center, Kurukshetra is a popular tourist attraction for historians, pilgrims and tourists alike. The Kurukshetra University located in the city is one of the prominent universities of Haryana offering a wide range of educational and vocational courses. Like most other parts of Haryana, Kurukshetra has a tropical climate with harsh dry summer season. The best time to visit Kurukshetra is between September to March when the season is relatively cool and comforting for travel.