The state of Haryana was established on November 1, 1996 and derives its name from the works of Apabramsha.

Haryana, located in the northern part of India has been home to prominent sites such as the Indus valley and Vedic civilizations. Carved out of Easter Punjab, it is said that several battles of the past such as the battle of Mahabharata, Panipat and the Kurukshetra of the Bhagvad Gita were fought on the lands of the Haryana. The name ‘Haryana’ is derived from Sanskrit which when translated in English, literally means the ‘Abode of God’.

 1.Chandigarh

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Chandigarh serves as the capital of both Punjab and Haryana and is a union territory by itself. It is also the very first planned city of India designed by French architect, Le Corbusier in 1947. Identified internationally for its magnificent architecture, the city was known to be home to the Harappans over 8000 years ago. Chandigarh is also famous for its tourist attractions, particularly its gardens. Such as the rock garden, the rose garden and the leisure garden.

2. Kurukshetra

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Kurukshetra, also known as Dharmakshetra is believed to be named after the local King Kuru, an ancestor of the Kaurvas and Pandvas. It is said that the Kurukshetra of Mahabharata was fought on the lands of this region following which the Bhagvad Gita was preached here as well by Lord Krishna to Arjun. Hence, the city can be rightly termed as ‘the land of Mahabharata’

3. Jyotisar

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Jyotisar, a small town located in the Kurukshetra District of Haryana, is said to be the place where Krishna narrated the Bhagvad Gita to Arjuna and prepared him to face the battle of Mahabharata. According to locals, the Banyan tree under which Lord Krishna preached the Bhagvad Gita to Arjuna still stands strong here. An old temple dedicate to Shiva and a water tank that dates back to over a 100 years are the major attractions of this place.

4. Bhishma Kund

Another place that derives its origin from Mahabharata is the Bhishma Kund Dam, dedicated to Lord Bhishma.

According to folklore, Bhishma Pitamaha during the battle of Mahabharata, lay on a bed of arrows, created by Arjuna to watch the Kaurvas and Pandavs battle. When Bhishma felt thirsty, Arjuna immediately shot an arrow into the ground to quench his thirst, giving origin to a stream of water. Bhishma Kund is believed to have originated from that stream of water.

5.  Brahma Sarovar 

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Sacred to Hindus, Brahma Sarovar is an ancient water tank where taking a dip into the water is believed to free a person from his/her sins. According to legends, Brahma Sarovar is the ‘cradle of civilisation’ dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe. It is believed that on the day of Solar Eclipse, a dip into the water body would purify the soul of the person. The water body is also considered as one of the largest man made ponds.