Karnal is a city and the district headquarters of the Karnal district in Haryana. The city and the district are famous for their tourist monuments and attractions. The city is believed to have been founded during ancient times of Mahabharata by king Karna, a mythological hero in the epic tale. It is located on the National Highway 1 and is about three hours drive from Delhi.
HOW TO REACH
The nearest Airport from Karnal is Chandigarh Airport, roughly three and half hour drive from Karnal. Chandigarh Airport is well connected to the major cities like Amritsar, New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Goa, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Leh. The nearest International Airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, roughly four hour drive from Karnal. It is well connected to a spectrum of cities in the country and worldwide.
Karnal is 35 Kms from Panipat, 90 Kms from Ambala, 110 Kms from Patiala, 124 Kms from Chandigarh, 125 Kms from Delhi, 240 Kms from Shimla, 463 Kms from Jaipur and 555 Kms from Kanpur. Buses frequently ply from these cities to Karnal. It is well connected with cities like New Delhi, Gurgaon, Panipat, Chandigarh, Ludhiana by Haryana State Road Transport Corporation (HSRTC) and some private travel services.
It has its own Railway Station named as Karnal Railway Station which is connected to the major cities of Haryana. Being situated on the New Delhi- Chandigarh railway line, it is linked with the cities like New Delhi, Panipat, Ambala, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Pune, Puri, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Patna and Gaya through Shane Punjab Express, Ndlsasr Express and Jhelum Express.
WHAT TO SEE
The Karnal Lake is situated in the Karnal District at a distance of 125 km from Chandigarh and Delhi. This place is originally a complex provided with an artificial lake with an island in its centre. This island has dark foliage due to which, it is visited by a variety of birds like kingfishers, swans, geese, ducks etc.
The Pukka Pul also known as the Sayadâ€™s Shrine is situated at a distance of 7 km from the district of Karnal, near the Mughal Bridge. Devotees from all around the world gather here to make offerings and move ahead towards good in life leaving behind the bad. This tomb is also believed to have powers of sending away ghosts along with curing ailments. A fair is also held at this tomb every Thursday during which lamps are lit all over the place.
Cantonment Church Tower:-
The Cantonment Church Tower is an old tower situated in the district of Karnal. This tower is rare piece of British Architecture and is even visible from a long distance of 7 km. This tower is 35 m in height and is surrounded by a large ornamental cross. The church has been named after St. James and was dismantled after the shifting of the cantonment to Ambala in 1841 AD.
The Karnal Fort is an old fort situated in the district of Karnal. This fort was constructed by Raja Gajpat Singh of Jind in 1764 AD. However, now this fort has been turned into an accommodation for official and residential purposes of the Tehsildar.
The Atal Park is a beautiful and huge park in Karnal city. The park is a major attraction for the locals that attract walkers and children to play. The greenery spread all over the place is refreshing to the eye.
The Dargah of Nuri is located in the Newal village near Karnal. It is managed by the Managing Committee of the Newal village. A large number of tourists visit the Dargah to seek the blessings of the Saint.
Gurudwara Manji Sahib:-
The Gurudwara Manji Sahib is a popular Sikh shrine in Karnal dedicated to the great Sikh Guru – Guru Nanak. A large number of Sikh devotees gather here to offer prayers.