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"The city of ancient wars"

Panipat Tourism

Located at a distance of 90 km from Delhi, Panipat is known for the three historical battles that were fought here. Innumerable monument, forts, temples and its magnificent historical connections make Panipat in Haryana an interesting tourist destination. Also known as 'City of Weavers', and 'Textile City', this is an important city for textile production.

Panipat was one of the five cities (prasthas) founded by Pandava brothers during the times of Mahabharata. The ruins of the Old Fort belonging to the Islamicate rule, the Kabuli Shah Mosque, Ibrahim Lodhi's grave and the tomb of Bu Ali Shah Kalandar is sure to bring out the archaeologist in you and leave you with enlightened with some overwhelming historical magnificence.

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This historical site was once referred to in Mahabharata, as 'Dharmkshetra'. The three historical battles of Panipat that changed the course of India were fought here - be it the first one, which announced the arrival of Mughals, or the second one, which saw the rise of Akbar, and the final one, which witnessed the decline of the once powerful Maratha, Panipat has seen it all. This is one of the rare archaeological sites which has so much to offer but is yet to be explored completely. The city of Panipat houses some of the rare witnesses of history, enshrined by time but forgotten by the masses. Among them, leading the front is the tomb of Saint Bu Ali Shah Qalandar of the Sufi Chishti order, who was once an influential Sufi saint during the times of the Delhi Sultanate. Also, ideal for visit is the Old Fort, which houses some of the rare moments of history, which stretch from the times of Babur to the time of Hemu, who could have restored the glory of the Vedic civilizations, had the Second Battle of Panipat not cut his life short.

Restaurants and Local Food in Panipat

Panipat has a number of good restaurants which offer Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines. While in Panipat, one must indulge in local Haryanvi as well as Punjabi delicacies. Kadhi pakora, Besan masala roti, Bajra roti, Aloo roti, Kheer, Bathua raita, Methi Gajar, Gajar ka Halwa, Dahi Bhalle, Singri ki sabzi, and Tamatar chutney are the local preparations. Equally mouth-watering is the Punjabi cuisine which includes Dal Makhani, Paneer Amritsari, Kulcha, Channa-Batura, Chhole Bature, Rajma and many preparations of chicken. One can also relish a number of traditional sweets here as well as the refreshing milk beverage Lassi. Other than these, liquor is also easily available in the town.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Reach Panipat by morning. After taking some rest, freshen up and go straight for the Panipat Museum, which houses glimpses of the historic events that occurred in Panipat. Since the visit might prove to be a bit taxing, you can freshen up by shopping at some famous markets in Panipat, for e.g. the Palika Bazar, which is a 14-minute drive from the Museum.
Day 2 - The next day, you should start with a visit to the Purana Quila [Old Fort], which houses some of the rare moments of history, enshrined by time, from the medieval India. Although poorly maintained, the evidence of the glorious history of India is still available. Barely 300 m. away is the famous tomb of Sufi Saint Bu Ali Shah Qalandar, which is quite famous, yet largely unexplored by many. Another site worth a visit is the Kabuli Bagh Masjid, built by Mughal Emperor Babur in commemoration of his victory over Ibrahim Lodhi. By the time you have returned from Panipat, you will have learned a lot of history, that was left untold.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

An abode of unexplored history. Well connected by rail and road.

What's Not So Great?

Congested in peak seasons. Not ideal in terms of safety.

For Whom?

Ideal for history buffs. Lovely for mavericks with a penchant for the unexplored.

How To Reach Panipat

Panipat can be easily reached via buses and taxis. It is well connected to major cities via road. Panipat also has its own railway station and trains connect it to most of the major places in India. Panipat does not have its own airport, but one can take a flight to New Delhi (90km) and take a cab/bus from there.

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Rohit Shroff 1 year ago
Panipat is a historic city known for its famous battles of Panipat. If you are planning to visit the city for one day there are two set of places you can visit. Firs set comprises of Kabuli Bagh Mosque, Tomb of Bu-Ali Shah Kalandar, Salar Gunj Gate, Shri Ram Sharanam and Grave of Ibrahim Lodhi, all lying in the vicinity of each other. Other option that you have is Devi Temple, Kala Amb and Panipat Museum, once again all the places located nearby.
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