5 Well-known Places In Haryana That You Need To Explore

by Myra Naik

Haryana is one of the wealthiest and economically strong destinations in South Asia. Also, it is one of the highest ranked states in India in terms of the human development index. Furthermore, Haryana is a great tourist destination, apart from doing well in terms of finance, development and infrastructure. It has a rich, ancient heritage – like remains of the Indus Valley civilization, with certain sites that are around 9000 years old.

Moreover, it is said to be the place where Ved Vyas wrote the Mahabharata. If you’ve never visited there, Haryana tourism might surprise you. However, there are so many places to see in Haryana, you will be pleasantly surprised to know just how beautiful this place is. Let’s find out more!

Haryana Tourism – Amazing Destinations to Visit

1. Chandigarh

Chandigarh holds the unique position of being the capital of two Indian states – Haryana and Punjab. Plus, by itself, it’s a Union Territory. It is a planned city, with a beautiful juxtaposition of cultural heritage and modern development. Moreover, it also holds the distinction of being one of the cleanest cities in India. To make it even better, it is also the happiest city in India as per the national happiness index. Internationally known for its great architecture and urban planning, Chandigarh is definitely one of the must-visit places to see in Haryana.

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Places to visit in Chandigarh:

  • Chandi Devi Temple
  • Butterfly Park
  • Morni Hills
  • Rock Garden
  • Rose Garden
  • Government Museum and Art Gallery

 

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2. Panchkula

Panchkula district is a lovely destination that must feature on your Haryana tourism plan because of its immense natural beauty and cultural heritage. In fact, it is a popular vacation destination for Haryana residents too! The Panchkula town itself is a planned city. Along with Chandigarh and Mohali, it forms the “Chandigarh Tricity”. Within this district, Pinjore town is also a beautiful place that is situated at 1800 feet above sea level. It is very near to the Shivalik foothills, as well as many other hill stations in the north, so it’s perfect for road trip plans too!

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Places to visit in Panchkula:

  • Pinjore
  • Pinjore Gardens
  • Bhima Devi Temple
  • Mohali Stadium
  • Gurudwara Nada Sahib
  • Mata Mansa Devi Mandir
  • Kaushalya Dam
  • Raipur Rani
  • Cactus Garden

3. Gurgaon

Gurgaon, or Gurugram, is part of Delhi NCR – National Capital Region. It is also the second largest city in Haryana. It is one of the fastest growing tech and corporate hubs in the country. Currently, it has the third highest per capita income in the country. In the Mahabharata, Gurgaon was the village of Guru Dronacharya. He is the guru, or teacher, of the Kaurava and Pandava princes. In fact, that is why the name was officially changed to Gurugram in 2016. If you are a fan of Indian mythology, you will definitely enjoy visiting Gurgaon as part of your Haryana tourism experience.

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Places to visit in Gurgaon:

  • Sheetla Mata Mandir
  • Leisure Valley Park
  • Badshahpur Fort
  • Sheesh Mahal
  • Farukh Nagar Fort
  • Kingdom of Dreams
  • CRPF Shooting Range
  • Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

4. Ambala

Ambala is a historically important heritage site. For starters, it shows evidence of being inhabited since the Paleolithic Age. During the British colonial era, Ambala played an important role in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Currently, Ambala is divided into two sub-areas; Ambala Cantonment and Ambala City. Hence, it is popularly called the Twin City. The cloth market in Ambala is a popular shopping destination. Located in Sector 7, it is well-known for wedding shopping and traditional fabrics. If you enjoy shopping, make sure to add Ambala to your Haryana tourism plan!

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Places to visit in Ambala:

  • Anandpur Sahib
  • Rani ka Talab
  • Gurudwara Manji Sahib
  • Paget Park
  • Badshahi Bag Gurudwara
  • Ropar
  • Holy Redeemer Church

5. Kurukshetra

Kurukshetra is one of the most well-known cultural destinations in the country. This is mainly because it was the site of the famous Kurukshetra battle of the Mahabharata. Hence, many pilgrims make a trip to Kurukshetra to pay their respects to this ancient land. Additionally, Krishna is believed to have delivered the Bhagavad Gita sermon to Arjun at Jyotisar, in Kurukshetra. No Haryana tourism plan is complete without visiting this part of Indian cultural heritage.

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Places to visit in Kurukshetra:

  • Jyotisar
  • Brahma Sarovar
  • Sri Krishna Museum
  • Kalpana Chawla Planetarium
  • Bhadrakali Temple
  • Birla Mandir
  • Dharohar Haryana Museum

We hope you’ve learnt a bit more about the cultural side of Haryana now! However, isn’t it great to know that it is much more than just a financial and industrial hub? Have you visited any of these places? And if so, what did you think of them? Do you have a favourite place in Haryana to visit? Perhaps it is something that we haven’t mentioned here? Do let us know in the comments below so we know what else to add to our Haryana tourism plan!

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