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Karna lake

Karna lake  Video Review
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Karnal Lake

Kuljinder Tatla
24th Nov 17

KARNA LAKE-HEAVEN'S BEST PLACE

KARNA LAKE-HEAVEN'S BEST PLACE  Video Review
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Karnal Lake

Rishabhjeet Singh
24th Nov 17

ATAL PARK-RICH FLORA AND GREENERY

ATAL PARK-RICH FLORA AND GREENERY  Video Review
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Atal Park

Rishabhjeet Singh
7th Dec 17

NATIONAL DIARY RESEARCH INSTT- MUST PLACE TO VISIT

NATIONAL DIARY RESEARCH INSTT- MUST PLACE TO VISIT  Video Review
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National Dairy Research Institute

Rishabhjeet Singh
30th Nov 17

NDRI Karnal

NDRI Karnal  Video Review
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National Dairy Research Institute

Kuljinder Tatla
30th Nov 17

Lake is most popular

Lake is most popular  Video Review
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Karnal Lake

Dahiya
16th Dec 17

Murti Shree Durga Bhavani Mandir,Karnal

Murti Shree Durga Bhavani Mandir,Karnal  Video Review
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Durga Bhawani Mandir

K Sharma
14th Nov 17

Mannat Haveli - enroute restaurant

Mannat Haveli - enroute restaurant  Video Review
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Karnal

Shreshth jain
2nd Oct 17

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Ashish Chopra

Ashish Chopra5.0/5

1 review

A good destination with nice attractions!

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 travelling 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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Sunny Dhillon

Sunny Dhillon5.0/5

21 reviews

Visit of King Karan nagri

The Karnal city was formed as a District on 1 Nov. 1966, when Haryana was carved out of Punjab. Karnal is located on National Highway - 1. It is among one of the most beautiful and clean cities in Haryana. It is the Heaven to live in. This district is bordered by Panipat, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Kaithal and the. Karnal is also known as ' city of Daanvir Karan ' . . Karnal, with a population of 8, 85, 000 covers an area of 1967 sq km. District headquarter is situated in Karnal city. 'City of Daanvir Karan' has been a walled town as far as it is possible to trace and may have had a citadel one time. In 1739, the Persian King Nadir Shah defeated the Mughal ruler Muhammad Shah 9in the Battle of Karnal. Karnal was annexed by the Raja of Jind in AD 1763 and was taken from him by George Thomas in 1797. The British established a cantonment in 1811. The City of Daanvir Karna', as Karnalis also called Karnal Fort. Karnal Lake. Naraina. Miran Sahib's Tomb. Kalander Shah's Tomb. Cantonment Church Tower. Pukka Pul.

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Karnal Overview

Karnal is an important city located in the state of Haryana. The city accounts for a major share of the country’s 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. It’s believed that the original name of the city was Karnalaya, which literally means ‘home of Karna.’

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.

Karnal’s 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 Pakistan’s 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.

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Karnal, Haryana

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Karnal, Haryana
Karnal, Haryana

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