A great pilgrimage place for most of the Hindus, the city of Kurukshetra plays an important role in the tourism of Haryana. With a rich historical past, this city has grown modern slowly and steadily. Boasting a number of religious sites like temples, ponds and many more, Kurukshetra has always been a hot favorite destination for people residing in nearby cities. One can visit the Krishna Museum here which speaks about the history of the city. The Brahma Sarovar and Sannihit Sarovar are two places which are thoroughly enjoyed by the nature lovers. One can also plan to visit the Bhadrakali Temple and Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple when they are in this city of gods.
Places To SeeKrishna Museum
The museum was set up by the Kurukshetra Development Board in 1987. Later, two other blocks, Multimedia Mahabharata & Gita Gallery and were also added. Through a series of exhibits including artefacts, paintings, manuscripts, mementos and many other objects, the museum brings alive the life of Sri Krishna as a philosopher and religious leader. Kurukshetra Panorama and Science Center
Located next to the Sri Krishna Museum, the science center houses exhibits on its ground floor. There is a world-class panorama that brings alive the Mahabharata war along with scientific explanations to various events that happened on the first floor. Dharohar
The Dharohar Haryana Museum is a center of Haryanavi Folk Culture and Heritage. Inaugurated on 28th April 2006, the center attracts visitors from across the globe. On display are more than 3000 rare and antique artefacts. The center also attracts researchers who come here to learn more about the local folk culture, heritage, customs and traditions of India. Valmiki Ashram
This religious shrine is dedicated to sage Valmiki, who wrote the famous epic Ramayana. The ashram is constructed out of white cement and white marble to symbolize peace. The essence of Ramayana is preached in the ashram. The ashram has a special flag, Nishan Sahib with a bow and arrow. Gurdwara Teesari Patshahi
The gurdwara is a highly revered place of worship not only for the Sikh community but people of other faiths as well. Gurupurabs, or birth anniversaries of the Sikh gurus are celebrated with much fanfare. Pehowa
Though Pehowa traces its existence to 882 AD but historical facts show that it came into being in 895 AD. Located at close proximity to Kurukshetra, Pehowa has several ghats and temples. People come here to perform the last rites of their loved ones.
Things To DoKessel Mall
This mall is Kurukshetra’s premier shopping mall, spread across 100, 000 square feet. It is strategically located at the juncture of 3 major cities Ambala, Karnal and Yamuna Nagar. Therefore, it attracts a fair amount of footfall every day. There are three floors – the first and second house brands and luxury stores while the third floor has a dedicated food court. Saraswati Forest Reserve
The Saraswati Forest Reserve is rich in flora and fauna. The reserve is a natural habitat of a large number native and migratory birds. Apart from appreciating the flora and birds, you can also come here to relax and enjoy a picnic away from the crowds. Mini Zoo Pipli
The zoo is located in Pipli, on GT Road, near Kurukshetra. It houses a diverse range of animals, birds, and reptiles. Spread across 27 acres, it was set up in 1982. You can seek solace in its peaceful environs and also enjoy a family picnic. Brahma Sarovar
This is by far the most important attraction in Kurukshetra. Brahma Sarovar tank was originally known as Ramahrada or Samanta-panchaka and was owned by Parshuram, who is considered to be the sixth of the ten avatars of Vishnu. The story says that Parshuram annihilated the entire race of the Kshatriyas to avenge the death of his father. The blood he shed filled Samanta-panchaka or five tanks. One of the tanks was Ramahrada, which later on came to be called as Brahma Sarovar. Tip
: A bath in the sarovar is considered to be highly auspicious, especially on the occasion of Solar Eclipse. Sannihit Sarovar
Belief has it that Sannihit Sarovar collects water from all the sacred rivers and tiraths especially the seven holy Sarswatis on the occasion of solar eclipse and Amavasya. The sarovar is dotted with shrines dedicated to various gods and goddesses including Sri Hanuman, Dhruv Bhagat, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Durga, and many others. Tip
: If you are visiting during solar eclipse, remember to take a bath in Sannihit Sarovar. It is believed that a dip during this period will earn you the merit of an Asvamegha Yagya.