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Panchkula

The recently formed 17th district of Haryana, Panchkula is surrounded by Himachal Pradesh in the north and north east by Ambala district in the east by Kurukshetra district in the south and Punjab and Union Territory of Chandigarh in the West.

Places of Interest


Cactus Garden

How to reach

By Air

Indian Airlines flies daily into Chandigarh from Delhi.

By Train
Several trains pull into Chandigarh from Delhi.

By Road
There is a well-developed network of road transport.

Mansa Devi Temple
About 8 km from the Chandigarh bus stand, lies the holy siddh peeth of Sri Mata Mansa Devi. Two temples have been built here. The temple on the mound has been built by the Maharaja of Patiala to commemorate his victory in a battle in 1861. The temple near the parking lot is believed to be the main temple. It has been built by the ruler of Mani Majra in 1815 A.D.

The temple is very popular among patrons, for the Goddess is believed to grant boons in keeping with Her name Mansa Devi. Fairs are held in its vicinity during the holy days of Navratra when devotees throng in lacs to pay obeisence to Her.

Bhima Devi temple
Further along this highway the runis of the Bhima Devi temple lie in the small hamlet of Pinjore. This is a picturesque location built on the rising foot hills of the Shiwalik mountains. The Bima Devi temple is an archaeological site that dates to the 11th century AD and projects the Panchayatan style of temple architecture. The temple is currently in runis. However, effort is on to design a site museum here to display the findings of the area.

Kalka
The town lies on the Ambala-Shimla national highway. It forms the last stretch in Haryana, after which the highway passes into Himachal Pradesh. On this highway, lies the famous temple of Kalka Devi. Built on austere lines, the temple boasts of a large following in the area with special festivities held inthe days of Navratra.

Pinjore
It is situated 20 kilometers from Chandigarh. Pinjore is famous for its gardens which is a beautiful example of the terraced gardens of the Mughals. The Pinjore Gardens lie on the Ambala Simla road, near Kalka. It is planned by a Fidai Khan in the region of Jehangir.

Panipat
Situated on the banks of the river Yamuna, 92km North of Delhi, Panipat is famous in Indian history as a place where the fate of great empires was decided more than once. Panipat is known for its handloom products and Panchranga Achars.

Places of Interest

Ibrahim Lodi's Tomb
Dargah Of Bu Ali Shah Qalandar
Kabuli Shah Mosque
Jain Temples
National Fertilizer Limited

How to reach

By Train
A well-developed network of rail network connects Panipat to the rest of the country.

By Road
The district is well connected by National Highway. It is connected by road and rail with Delhi (south) and Ambala (north).

Rewari
The district headquarter is situated in Rewari

How to reach

By Train
The district is connected by rail network.

By Road
Rewari is well connected with the neighboring cities by road.

Rohtak
The district headquarter is situated in Rohtak town. Rohtak is strategically situated on the route from the north - west through Delhi gateway to the broad fertile Gangetic plains. The archaeologists found traces of the Indus valley civilization here. Rohtak is now one of the largest towns in Haryana and is also known for Medical College & University.

Places of Interest

Khokar Fort
Jama Masjid
Goakaran Tank
Bhindawas Lake

How to reach

By Train
A well-developed network connects the place to the rest of the country.

By Road
Rohtak is well connected to the National Highway and is accessible by good motorable roads.

Sirsa
The name of the district Sirsa is derived from its headquarters, Sirsa. One of the oldest towns of Haryana, Sirsa is named after the Shirish Ban, a large forest which once existed here. The place was founded by clearing this forest. Sirsa finds mention in the Mahabharatha, Nakul one of the Pandava brothers, proceeded to Sirsa after conquering

Rohtak.

Places of Interest

Dera Jiwan Nagar
Dera Baba Sarsai Nath
Gurudwara Guru Gobind Singh, Chormar Khera
Hanuman Temple
Jama Masjid
Ram Dev Mandir
Saint Baba Bihari Samadhi
Tomb of Khwaja Pir

How to reach

By Train

The district is connected by rail network.

By Road
Sirsa is well connected with the neighboring cities by road.

Asthal Bohar
This place is famous for its math (monastery). The monks or jogis of this math claim to be the spiritual descendants of Buddha's earliest Bhikshus. They represent the Nath cult which originated as one of the Mahayana forms of Buddhism. Ancient finds of large and sculptured bricks, stone images and idols have been found here. The math runs a number of educational and charitable institutions.

Gohana
Gohana in olden times was called Gavambhavana and was a place of pilgrimage. The place is said to be site of a fort built by Prithviraj Chauhan. This fort was destroyed by Ghori when he defeated Prithviraj in 1192A.D. Gohana was till recently a tehsil of Rohtak. Now it has been made a part of the new district of Sonepat.

Sonepat
In the Mahabharatha, Sonepat is referred as one of the five pats or prasthas which were demanded by Yudhishtar from Duryodhana. Archeologists have found evidence to indicate it to be a town of great antiquity. There are also a number of legends connected with this place.

For many years, Sonepat was a flourishing sub division of Rohtak. Now it is a separate district. It is one of the largest industrial towns in Haryana.

Palwal
Palwal is identified by the Hindu pandits with the Apelave of Mahabharatha, of the Pandava kingdom of Indraprastha, tradition associates with the same period the high mound of the old site of the Aharwan, a village, few kilometers to the south-west. The oldest part covers a high mound formed by the accumulated debris of many centuries, lately habitation and streets have taken up part of the plain below.

Sugh
A small village situated at a distance of about five kilometers to the east of Jagadhari in Ambala. The ruins where once this important historical town was situated suggest that it was a naturally formed strong hold in a triangular form with large number of projecting citadels on all the three angles. The city covered an extent of twelve square kilometers and included Jagadhari and Chameti on the west and Burya and Dyalgarh on the north. It lay on the important routes of northern India connecting the upper Punjab with the Genetic valley via Ambala, Saharanpur and Meerut. It was a great centre of trade and was frequented by all kinds of people - traders, invaders, pilgrims, princes and common people.

Hansi
Hansi was founded by one Asa Ram Jat came to be known as Ashi and later it became Hansi. Hansi has played an important part in the history of Haryana during the mediaeval period. It has been the centre of several political conflicts. It was an important administrative unit during the Mughals. Later it became famous as the capital of the Irish adventurer George Thomas.

Mahendragarh
This town and its surrounding villages are said to have their origin in the days of Raja Anangpal, ruler of Ajmer and the grandfather of Prithviraj Chauhan. Other parts of the district came into being during the Mughal time. Later this area came successively under the control of the Marathas, The Nawab of Jhajjar and the British. Recently its Dadri Tehsil has gone to Bhiwani but Rewari from Gurgaon has been added to it.