Situated in the Indian state of Haryana, Karnal is one of the 21 districts of the entire state. The city falls in the midway between New Delhi and Chandigarh, connected through National Highway NH-1. Karnal beholds both industrial significance and rich cultural heritage. This place houses some of the world class Research and Development Institutes including, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI), National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR), Directorate of Wheat Research (DWR) and National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI). Some of the famous attractions of the city are Karnal Fort, Pukka Pul and Karna Lake. The original name of the place was 'Karnalaya', but later it was changed to Karnal. The city has got its name from Karna, the eldest son of Kunti. Thus, it is also known to be as 'The city of Daanvir Karna'. Karnal is also the birthplace of Kalpana Chawla, the first ever Indian Female Astronaut. If you are planning a visit to this city, then choose the best Karnal holiday package and get ready to explore Karnal!
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This lake is named after Karna, the legendary warrior and donor of the epic Mahabharata. This lake is just 15 minutes drive away from the main city. It is a famous tourist place and excellent place for picnic and boating.
Karnal Fort, also called as Old Fort has a chequered history. The fort was constructed by Gajpat Rai, the ruler of Jind around 1764 A.D. Then, it was captured by the Marathas, George Thomas and then by the ruler of Ladwa. Later on it was occupied by the British forces. In the year 1805, the fort was transferred to Nawab of Karnal. Presently, it is being used as the residence of the Tehsildar and other officials in Karnal.
Pukka Pul Near Karnal:
The Pukka Pul is located about 7 KM from the Karnal city. This beautiful place is also called as the 'Sayad's Shrine' and is located near the Mughal Bridge. This tomb is considered to have mythological powers of sending away the ghosts and curing diseases. A fair is held every Thursday at this tomb.
Cantonment Church Tower:
Cantonment Church Tower is an ancient tower, located in the city. The height of this tower is 35 meters and it is bordered by a big cross. This Church has been named after St. James. In 1841 AD, the church was demolished after the shifting of the cantonment to Ambala.
Gurudwara Manji Sahib:
This Gurudwara is situated in the busy Sarafa Bazar in Karnal, around one kilometer from the National Highway No.1 of the Grand Trunk Road. As per history, the first guru of the Sikhs, 'Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji' visited this place in the year 1515 in the course of his first religious journey called 'Udasi'. He was living in a garden where he was sitting on a mound and singing hymns or shabads before a large gathering of devotees.
Kalandar Shah's Tomb:
Kalander Shah's tomb was constructed by Ghias-ud-din, Emperor of Delhi in the memory of a Sufi sage named Bo-Ali-Qualander Shah. This tomb is sited just outside of Karnal city on its eastern side. The Sufi saint was a highly respected man and revered by all communities around the region. So, enjoy your visit while visiting these places during your Karnal tour.