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Karnal is said to have been founded by the Kauravas in the Mahabharata era for the king Karna, a mythological hero and a key figure in the epic tale. It is midway between Delhi and Chandigarh, being 123 km (76 mi) north of Delhi and 126 km (78 mi) south of Chandigarh, on the National Highway NH-1, which is famous as the Grand Trunk Road.

In medieval times the place appears to have lost its importance. But in 1805 the town became a part of the Delhi area and was included in the Panipat district.


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Karnal in Haryana (120 kms away from Delhi)


2. European Soldiers Graves
The cemetery measuring about 122x78mtrs has a boundary wall of about 2.5mtrs high containing about 500 graves of European soldiers. The inscriptions range in period from AD 1811 to 1840. All the graves except a few are absolutely plain being raised on brick platform to a height of 1.5 to 2 mtrs.

3. Ancient stups, Asandh
The remains of the ancient stupa are located at the village Asandh about 40 kms of Karnal. Asandh was a important town in earlier times. It has a huge mound partly covered by the modern town which yields painted greyware, Kushana coins and bricks. The stupa known as Jarasandha-ka-qila must have originally been a gigantic structure as it still rises to a height of more than 25mtrs. Many relics have been found here.






What to see in Karnal

1. Cantonment Church Tower
Built in AD 1806 just after the cantonment of Karnal was established and part of the St James church, later when shifted to Ambala the church was dismantled but the tower was left back. There are 4 stories, and the top one has semi circular Roman arches. The entire surface is plastered in lime and shows fine panelling work.
4. Gateways of old Mughal Sarai, Gharaunda
The massive gateways including the Sarai is located in a small town- Gharaunda located in the GT road which is 16 kms away from karnal. It was built during the reign of Shah Jahan. Babaur has been believed to have camped here before the battle of Panipat. The two gateways were built by 2 persons - Mamu and Bhanja without consulting each other.



5. Kos Minars
Jahandir in AD 1619 ordered Baqir Khan to errect the Kos minar at every kos ir 4.5 kms on the imperial route from Agra to Lahore. The Kos Minars were brick structures standing on a square platform and covered with plaster.

6. Karnal lake
Karna Lake is beautifully landscaped with tourist facilities designed along the water front. The resort is popular among highway travellers and the people of Karnal, who love to stop for picnics in the lawns by the lake. Karna Lake tourist complex lies in Uchana, Delhi-Ambala (National Highway No.1)
 
Stay in Karnal
Karnal lake tourist complex (Uchana, 124 kms from Delhi)
It is run by Haryana tourism and weekend holiday lovers step here for a quiet outing. Boating, play area for kids are some of the attractions here. The lake fascinates with boating and the presence of geese and other water birds. The resort is popular with highway travelers who have time at hand and also those who love to stop for picnics in the lawns of the lake. A snack shop operates here. There are cottages by the lake side
Facilities - Restaurant, bar, motel, conference hall and dormitory.
Tel - 0184 2267264, 2267759

haryanatourism.gov.in/destination/karnalake.asp

Haveli (140 kms from Delhi)
It is a popular stop over for food. Award winner for their culinary skill Haveli offers veg food and is a hughe complex which has 4 restaurants, food court, amusement park, shopping, and even stay for night over.
135.5 K.M. Stone ,
G.T. Road,
Karnal - 132001 (Haryana)
Telephone:        + 91 989 666 6611
Fax:                  + 91 184 238 8884
E-mail: info@karnalhaveli.org
www.karnalhaveli.org

Oasis (Uchana, 124 kms from Delhi)
Midway between Chandigarh and Delhi lies the modern Oasis tourist complex. Here the resort hums with activity. An open air seating plan, gift shops, parking sheds, filling station and public facilities invariably force the travelers for a break. A Haat bazaar on the pattern of Dilli haat is operational.
Facilities - Shopping arcade, public conveniences, fast food, bar and filling station
Tel - 0184 2388322
www.haryanatourism.gov.in/destination/oasis