Karnal Tourism

Karnal Tourism

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  • State: Haryana
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Karnal
Karnal is an important city located in the state of Haryana. The city accounts for a major share of the countryís agricultural implements and shares. It is also well known for being the starting point of Liberty shoes manufacturing. Liberty shoes have one of the biggest manufacturing facilities in Karnal.

Located in the centre of Delhi and Chandigarh, it lies to the south east of Kurukshetra District and to the east of Kaitthal District. According to Hindu mythology, Karnal is believed to have been founded by Karna, a character from the epic, Mahabharata. Itís believed that the original name of the city was Karnalaya, which literally means Ďhome of Karna.í

Historically speaking, the town of Karnal was always a walled city. It also had a citadel, which still exists as Kot Mohalla. Kot Mohalla is a fort, which today, is inhabited by the Ror clan. They are credited with building the present Karnal.

Karnalís significant period in history started in 1739 with the Battle of Karnal. In this battle, the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah was defeated by Nadir Shah and took over the city. In the subsequent years, Karnal came to be ruled by Raja Gopal Singh, the Marathas, the Sikhs and the British.

Karnal is also the birthplace of Pakistanís first Prime Minister, Liaquat Ali Khan, who was born here on 1st October, 1895. Other people of note who were born in Karnal include Kalpana Chawla and ID Swami. Kalpana Chawla was an astronaut and the first Indian woman to go to outer space.

Although Karnal is primarily an industrial town, with agriculture being one of its primary industries, it is also known for its open spaces and green pastures. There is also the Karnal Lake here, which is an artificial lake with different kinds of flora and fauna.

Agricultural research forms an important part of Karnal with many research institutes like the National Dairy Research Institute, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, Directorate of Wheat Research and National Bureau of Animal Genetics Research setting up shop here.

It was in Karnal that a fatal wheat disease, the Karnal Bunt was recognised. The research efforts by the government and other organisations have resulted in Karnal becoming one of the finest producers of seeds and Basmati Rice.  

Karnal is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Chandigarh  and Ghaziabad.

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Ashish Chopra

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  • Ashish Chopra
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 1 Review
  •  241 readers

"A good destination with nice attractions!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2016
Karna Lake is a must visit place. Karna Lake is a major tourist attraction in the Karnal district of Haryana. It is located at a distance of 125 km from both Chandigarh and Delhi, thus serving as a midway halt while traveling between the two cities on the famous Grand Trunk Road. Folklore has it that Karna, a famous character from Indian history, who played a major role in the war of Mahabharat, used to bathe in this lake. It was at this spot that he gave away his protective armor to Indra, the Godfather of Arjuna, Karna's arch-enemy. It is surmised that the city of Karnal derives its name from Karna-Taal, which translates to Karna Lake. That may also be the reason for Karnal to be called the City of Karna in local parlance.
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Bharat Verma

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  • Lives in Chandigarh
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"Good destination to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jun 8, 2015
Those who read Mahabharta or has watched must be aware of the name King KARNA. Yes, you got it, Karnal is named after Karna. A lake named after king Karna is also there on the entrance of city Karnal.

Public transport is available easily in almost all part of city. Bus stand, Railway station is also there (kindly check bus/train timings well in advance). Karnal is one of the developing cities of India as is nice place having few good options for those who like to visit religious and places connected to History of India. Best month to visit would be Oct/Nov as it will not be so warm. Rest it depends which season you like. Karnal weather is same as almost all plain cities in North India. Those who love hill station, sorry guys no hills at all.

I was at Noor Mahal to celebrate my anniversary (falls in May) but May is really hot.
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