Known For : Lodhi Fort Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum Pavillion Mall
Situated on the banks of river Sutlej, Ludhiana, Punjab’s largest city, is one of the biggest manufacturing hubs in India. Also known as Manchester of India, Ludhiana is famous for its hosiery industries, the ancient ruins of the Lodi dynasty and the war museum.
Distance from Karnal: 188 km
Best Time: October to June
Known For : Sukhna Lake Fun City Rose Garden
Chandigarh, a union territory that is the capital of both Punjab as well as Haryana, is an ideal definition of the word 'city'. With a culture that includes instances of both traditional Punjab as well as modernity, Chandigarh's food and gedi culture (a leisure drive or ride the city) is something that everyone knows of!
Distance from Karnal: 124 km
Best Time: August to March
Known For : Kingdom Of Dreams Damdama Lake Cyber Hub
Once little more than a dull and comparatively unknown suburb of the national capital region, today, Gurgaon is not only one of the most urbanised cities of India, but it also boasts of a skyline that can easily rival those of Hong Kong and Singapore. Easily accessible from Delhi and Noida, Gurgaon is fast becoming a popular travel destination among holidaymakers. Starting from natural treasures to a flourishing lifestyle and a vibrant nightlife, Gurgaon has everything you could need.
Distance from Karnal: 169 km
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Baba Farid's tomb Camp Dhauj Lake Sri Shirdi Sai baba temple, Faridabad
Faridabad is Haryana's largest city and its major industrial hub as well. Faridabad is the main part of district Faridabad which has two divisions - Faridabad and Ballabgarh. The city shares borders with New Delhi on its north, Gurgaon to its west and Uttar Pradesh on its south west ends.
Distance from Karnal: 157 km
Best Time: September to December, February to March
Known For : Augharnath Temple Shapir Hastinapur
Rich culture, stunning monuments, significant history and lip-smacking cuisine awaits you at Meerut. This historical city located in the state of Uttar Pradesh sits at a distance of about seventy kilometres from New Delhi, the capital of the country. With an exciting past, that dates back to ancient days, contemporary art flourishes as much as a healthy dose of history and culture at Meerut. The Sports Capital of India has a lot to offer sports enthusiasts as well – choose from a myriad of sports gear including cricket bats and tennis balls to add to your collection. The artisan city holds an excellent value in the freedom of the country as well. Be it experiencing the nuances of diverse traditions or contemplating life in the tranquillity of monuments, Meerut has the answers to everything!
Distance from Karnal: 109 km
Known For : ISKCON Temple Ghaziabad Shipra Mall Drizzling Land Water and Amusement Park
Ghaziabad can be best described as the "Gateway to Uttar Pradesh". Given its proximity to the national capital, the social life of the rapidly developing town is intertwined with that of Delhi. The city has evolved as one of the dynamic industrial centres in the country, and it booms with the urbane culture of the neighbouring metro town. Other than the queuing traffic, bustling markets and the millennial crowd, Ghaziabad also wakes up to increasing number of multiplexes, better-planned roads and surpassing flyovers. Emerging as the industrial hub of India, Ghaziabad is a hotspot for a lot of industries including electric locomotive and EMU trains, bicycles, tapestry, pottery, paint and varnish, metal chains, etc.
Distance from Karnal: 142 km
Best Time: October to December, February to March
Known For : Asthal Bohar Math Meham Bhindawas Lake
The Heart of Haryana, Rohtak is situated just 70 kms away from the Heart of the India, Delhi and happens to be a part of the National Capital Region (NCR). There have been many rumours regarding the name of the city and its origins. With evidence suggesting that the old town is as old as the Indus Valley Civilization, Rohtak has turned out to be a city of fascination.
The district of Rohtak is divided into two parts; Rohtak and Meham. The city of Rohtak, however, is 250 kms southwards to the state capital Chandigarh on the NH9. As a strategy to obtain cheaper infrastructure loans, Rohtak has joined to be a part of the NCR. This has made way for a steady pace development while preserving the historical importance of the City at the same time.
Distance from Karnal: 114 km
Karna Lake is a popular tourist attraction located in the Karnal district of Haryana. Also called Karna Tal, the lake is spectacular to see during sunset. The lake, as well as the district, are named after the famous character from Mahabharata, Karna. Karna Lake is a human-made lake and has a beautifully landscaped Karna Lake Tourist Complex adjacent to it. The boating attractions at Karna Lake is a hit among the visitors. Most people often opt for a peaceful picnic in the lawns beside the lake. The lakeside garden also has swings and other rides for children. The lake is also a favourite hangout spot among highway travellers. The Karna Lake Tourist Complex offers a wide variety of accommodation facilities.
This magnificent marble creation houses fountains, gardens and a serene tomb. Built by Ghiyas-ud-din, the Emperor of Delhi, the Dargah holds the memory of the Muslim sage Bo-Ali-Qalandar Shah. This Sufi sage is said to have been acclaimed far and wide, and is famous for conjuring up a cow that ate a tiger! Emperor Alamgir also added to the construction. The Persian and Mughal influences are obvious in the architecture, adding to the charm of the locale. A mosque is also built in the vicinity that you can visit.
Karnal Cantonment Church Tower is a remnant of the former Colonial rule is built in a Roman style. Formerly a part of St James Church, the major part of the area was dismantled as the cantonment was shifted before independence. The four-storeyed tower can be seen from kilometres away and holds a spectacular ornamental cross on the top. While this a beautiful location for a romantic evening with your significant other, you can also bring your family along for a relaxed picnic. Towering at the height of thirty-five metres, Karnal Cantonment Church Tower is one of the most prominent landmarks of the region.
Known For : Forest Research Institute Robber's Cave Sahastradhara
Nestled amidst the Doon Valley in the state of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is a very popular hill station that beckons solo travellers, families and couples alike. Proudly boasting of a scenic backdrop of the Garhwal Himalayas, Dehradun is located at an altitude of 1400 feet above sea level and has a pleasant climate all year round. Regardless of whether you want to explore family-friendly tourist spots, try thrilling adventure activities with your friends, or watch a mesmerizing sunset with your partner amidst the mountains, Dehradun is the answer.
Distance from Karnal: 142 km
Best Time: Throughout the year
Known For : India Gate Qutub Minar Humayun's Tomb
The capital of India, Delhi is a cosmopolitan city with a historic old Delhi and the modern New Delhi. From historical monuments to crowded shopping malls, from an extensive network of the modern metro system to Delhi University campus, Dilli has multiple personalities and is considered to be the city with a heart.
Distance from Karnal: 122 km
Best Time: October to March
Known to be one of the largest textile markets in the region, Ambala is famous for its collection of wedding shopping. Ambala has one of the largest defence bases in the country and it is very accessible to the tourist places around the region. Ambala separates the Ganges network from the Indus network and is surrounded by two different rivers.
For those of you living in Karnal or nearby be sure to hit up these top spots. Do you agree with our list? Tell us in the comment section