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"The land of Mahabharata"

Kurukshetra Tourism

A city in the state of Haryana, Kurukshetra, also known as Dharmakshetra is known as the "Land of the Bhagavad Gita". Situated 170 km north to Delhi, the place is famous for the battle between the Kauvaras and the Pandavas in the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. It is the place where Lord Krishna is said to have recited the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna. 

In the past, Kurukshetra was one of the most important centres for Vedic civilization as well as education. Lord Buddha and several Sikh Gurus are known to have visited and spent time in Kurukshetra. The place has a large number of devout centres, holy shrines and kunds which trace back to the epic ages and the earliest Indian civilisation. Archaeological evidence claim that this city was in existence during the pre-Harrapan times. Kurukshetra was also called Thanesar or Sthaneswar, meaning 'place of God'. The Archaeological evidence lists that Ashoka, the Mauryan ruler made Kurukshetra a centre of learning for people from all over the world. The place is famous for its temples, lakes and museums documenting the history of pre-Harappan and Harappan civilisations. A few kilometres from Kurukshetra is the village known as Amin, where there are remnants of a fort which is believed to be Arjun's son, Abhimanyu's fort.

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History of Kurukshetra

Kurukshetra is the holy land which has witnessed the rich history of the Mahabharat epic. The city is named after the King Kuru who was the ancestor of the Pandavas and Kauravas. From its epic architectural edifices to its rich history, this place brings you closer to the Hindu mythology. There are several architectures that are sprawled in every nook and corner of the city, that reflects the saga of Mahabharat.
Jyotisar is the place where Bhagavad Gita was delivered to Arjun under a tree. Srikrishna museum showcases the well-preserved artefacts and paintings that depict the Mahabharat war. Kurukshetra is also known for its 48 kos parikrama, which holds an immense importance for the Hindu pilgrims. During the 48 kos (48 miles) yatra, the devotees take a complete round of the Kurukshetra, visiting all the religious sites of the city. Kurukshetra with its great influence of history and mythology is a great place to visit to get close to the Hindu mythology.

Places to Visit

1. Brahmasarovar: According to many legends and folklores, Brahma, The Supreme Creator, created this tank. Considered to be the 'cradle of civilization', it has withstood the test of time and is a preserved pilgrim site for many Hindus. The northern bank of the tank has a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is believed that the Linga in the shrine was placed by Brahma himself. Al Beruni, the 12th-century scholar has mentioned this Sarovar in his memoirs on India.

2. Jyotisar: Considered to be one of the holiest sites in the city, Jyotisar is the place where Krishna delivered the Bhagavad Gita to Arjun to prepare him for the battle of Kurukshetra. It is also the same place where Krishna revealed his Virat Roop or Vishwaroop (universal form) to Arjun. A Banyan Tree stands in the district which is revered by many Hindus and is considered to have witnessed the preaching of the holy scripture. Every now and then, there's a light and music show organised by the Haryana Tourism Department, that takes place around the Banyan Tree that narrates a part of the epic. Another important place in Jyotisar is a beautiful statue of Krishna on a chariot preaching Arjuna, which is made out of marble.

3. Bhishm Kund: A large reservoir dedicated to Bhishma, the forefather of the Kauravas and the Pandavas, legends say that this is the place where Bhishma lay on a bed of arrows. As he lay on the bed of arrows, he felt thirsty and asked for some water to quench his thirst. The Kauravas offered him water, he refused to drink it. Arjuna shot his arrow (called Parjanyastra) into the earth and the water gushed out and quenched Bhishma's thirst. Bhishma Kund is the place where Arjuna shot the arrow and is also referred to as Banganga by many.

4. Kos Minars: Known as the 'mile pillars', Kos Minar are the pillar built by Sher Shah Suri during the 16th century. The pillars are about 30 feet high placed on a masonry platform. While these structures might look like architectural marvels to us, they were actually used by Mughal emperors to calculate distance.

Other places of interest in Kurukshetra are the Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple, Sheikh Chilli's Tomb, Raja Harsh ka Tila, Bhadrakali Temple, Shrikrishna Museum, Saraswati Wildlife Sanctuary, Kurukshetra Panorama and Science Centre and Chhilchhila Wildlife Sanctuary.

Restaurants and Local Food in Kurukshetra

Kurukshetra is almost ideal for enjoying authentic, rich and elaborate Haryanvi food and an absolutely flattering platter. Though non-vegetarian food is not available in the town, it makes up for it in more than one mouth watering ways. The Rotis of Bajra, Wheat, Corn flour are the staple essentials. The delicacies that go with these are Singri ki sabzi, Mixed Dal, Cholia, Kadhi Pakora and countless more that form a typical North-Indian menu.
Other than these, do lose yourself in the delicious Kheer, Malpuas, Churma and Aloo Roti. The area also has the lip-smacking Punjabi cuisine, that one just cannot miss. This includes Dal Makhani, Paneer Amritsari, Kulcha, Channa-Bhatura, Chhole Bature, Rajma and lots more to relish. Also sip into the local and staple, refreshing beverage made of milk such as Chaaj, Lassi and Thandai. Other than these beer and other alcoholic beverages are also easily available in the town.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive in Kurukshetra. Check-in at the hotel. Leave for local tour of the historic city after breakfast. First visit the Brahma Sarovar, which is believed to be created by Lord Brahma himself. Then, visit the Sannihit Sarovar which is the meeting point of seven tributaries of river Saraswati. Later, visit the Krishna museum, it houses various artefacts of Lord Krishna and Krishna's incarnations from 1st Century AD to 11th Century AD.
Day 2- Visit the Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb, who was the great Sufi saint. The tomb comprises of Mughal architecture with gardens, mosques, and museum. Then, visit the Raja Harsh ka Tila, a 7th-century edifice which reflects the civilisations of the reign of Raja Harsh. Then, head to Jyotisar, a small town close to Kurukshetra where the holy Bhagwat Gita was added to Mahabharat.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Full of history, architecture and mythological importance. Easy access to rail and road network.

What's Not So Great?

Cannot be visited during Monsoons and Summers.

For Whom?

Perfect place for Hindu pilgrims and history lovers.

How To Reach Kurukshetra

Kurukshetra does not have its own airport, but through a flight, you can reach Chandigarh (102 km) or Delhi (160 km) and take a cab/bus from there. Kurukshetra is a junction on the Amritsar-Delhi railway line and can be easily reached via trains. The Grand Trunk Road also called National Highway 1 runs through Kurukshetra which is 150 km off Delhi and 90 km south of Chandigarh. Buses are also easily available.

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Surbhi Parashar 1 year ago
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