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Haryana & Chandigarh

The Haryana & Chandigarh, ‘Green Lands’ of India came into existence with the reorganization of Punjab on 1st November 1966. This ancient land has a glorious history of over 5,000 years and is regarded as the birthplace of Indian Vedic Civilisation. It is considered the home of the legendary Bharatà dynasty, which has given the name ‘Bharat’ to India.

Haryana has been immortalized by its close association with the great epic Mahabharta. Lord Krishna preached his philosophy of Karma and Dharma through Bhagwad Gita’ over here. Legendäry sage Ved Vyasa is believed to have composed Mahabharata in Sanskrit on the banks of river Saraswati, which once flowed through the State. No doubt the State is studded with numerous pilgrim centers. Haryana continued to play a leading role in the history of India till the advent of Muslims and the rise of Delhi as the imperial city. The three battles of Panipat are regarded as the turning points of Indian history.

Today, Haryana & Chandigarh is famous for its spectacular progress in agriculture and industry and is a pioneer in ‘Highway Tourism.’ Haryana has also become the first state in the country to launch ‘Farm-Tourism.’ It has been a trend-setter in ‘Golf Tourism’ and organizing crafts festivals. The world-renowned Surajkund Crafts Fair held every year in February is one of Haryana’s most important tourist attractions.

The sacred pilgrim sites, tourist resorts, Mughal gardens, beautiful lakes and bird sanctuaries, etc., have made Haryana a perfect ‘Vacation Land.’ The tourists are also lured by the lively folk dances and music, mouth-watering delicacies, exquisite handicrafts and handlooms, colorful fairs and festivals, and above all, the hospitality of Haryana’s hard-working and straightforward people.

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