Interesting facts about Haryana that’ll surprise you
How many states of India have you visited? Is Haryana one of them? Haryana isn’t high on the list of many people’s travel destination lists. This is partly because of the fact that it does not have many scenic locations. But, Haryana is an economically prosperous state partnered with a rich cultural heritage. It’s highly fertile soil has allowed it to engage a large percentage of its population in agriculture and receives a majority of its wealth from the same.
Haryana was carved out of Punjab in 1966 because of linguistic reasons. Neighboring states include Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, and Delhi. Here are some facts about Haryana that’ll interest you:
The Mahabharata War of Kurukshetra War is a war described in the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. It arose from a fight between two groups of cousins, the Pandavas and the Kauravas for the throne of Hastinapur. Because of the importance associated with its name, it is known as the “Land of the Bhagavad Gita.” It is now a famous pilgrimage site and many structures have been built to depict the holy events.
2.First airstrip of India
In 1919, the first airstrip was built in Haryana’s Ambala Air Force Station. It is still considered one of the most strategically located bases of the Indian Air Force. The Mirage fighters used for the Pulwama attack took off from the Ambala airbase on February 26 2019. The air force station is also the home of the first batch of the Dassault Rafales that were inducted to India.
3.Revolt of 1857
Even though many believe that the first Revolt of Independence, in 1857 commenced in Meerut, factual evidence dated around 1964 clearly states that the mutiny began in Ambala, Haryana. Cartridges made of cow and pig fat were supplied to the soldiers which led to a revolt and various firing incidents took place in the Ambala Cantonment. Plans are underway of making a memorial for the same.
4.Home to the largest cloth market in Asia
The Shouri cloth market located in Rohtak, Haryana is one of the biggest cloth markets in Asia. The market which was established in 1951 has over 1200 wholesale and retail shops that supply to Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and West Haryana. Traders from all over India also buy clothes from here. But due to inadequate transportation in the lockdown period, there has been a 70% decrease in sales.
5.Hunt for Sarasvati River
According to scientists, the Sarasvati river began at Adi Badri in Haryana and ended at the Chautang river in the plains. In 2015, a project was launched to trace the origins of the river of mythical importance. As many as 80 people who were digging in search of the river, suddenly noticed moist soil. As they dug deeper, water started gushing out from a depth of 8 feet. Historians believed that the river dried out 4000 years ago. Traces of the river are found in the city of Kurukshetra.
6.Harrapan civilization – Rakhigarhi
Rakhigarhi is one of the five biggest Harrapan civilization sites, three of which are in Pakistan, and one in Gujarat. It is a pre- Indus Valley Civilisation dated back to about 6500BCE. In January 2014, additional molds were discovered which made it the largest Indus Valley civilization. In 2012, it was declared as one of the 10 most endangered heritage sites in Asia by the Global Heritage Fund.
7.Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
Sultanpur National Park and Bird Sanctuary are located in the Gurgaon district of Haryana. It is lush with trees, shrubs, and clusters of the bougainvillea flower. Annually more than 100 migratory bird species arrive here in search of deeding grounds and to escape the winter.
panchayat system. In the winter season, there is a picturesque panorama of many species of these birds.
8.Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore
9.Gurugram- a measure of India’s growth
Gurugram is a region that has transformed from a village to a city in just two decades. Many decisions made by the government have led to the phenomenal growth of this district. It has an ideal location on the National Highway between Delhi and Jaipur and is in close proximity to the Indira Gandhi International Airport. It also has well-developed infrastructure like roads and communication channels. Complete electrification of the area has also made the city a great choice for high- tech and high- value projects.
10.The breath-taking Morni Hills
Morni in the Panchkula district of Haryana is a common tourist attraction owing to the Himalayan views, flora, fauna, and lakes. Its name is believed to have been derived from a queen who ruled the area about two thousand years ago. It is also home to the Morni Fort Museum Garhi Kotaha Fort and Masoompur Fort. It also has several water bodies including the twin lakes of Tikkar Taal and the Morni Hill waterfall.
11.Nada Sahib Gurudwara
Located in Panchkula, on the banks of the Ghaggar river, the Nada Sahib Gurudwara is a religious place of worship for the Sikhs. Guru Gobind Singh – the tenth guru halted here while traveling from Paonta Sahib to Anandpur Sahib after the Battle of Bhangani in 1988. Every month, the full moon day is celebrated as a festive occasion and is attended by a large number of people.
Hopefully, these interesting facts about Haryana will make it the next destination on your post COVID- 19 travel list!