To visit any major attractions in North India from Delhi like- Jaipur, Agra, Amritsar- you have to cross Haryana. The state itself is notable for having virtually no tourist attractions. To make up for this, the Haryanans have built a series of 'Service Centers' along the main roads- motels-restaurant-service stations complexes named after the birds found in the state- that can make travelling through the area a real pleasure. Typically the complexes have camping site, camper huts and rooms, artificial lakes for boating like Badkhal Lake, Karna lake, Tilyar lake and many more. Some places have dormitories. All have restaurants, and some of these serve fast food.
The Suraj Kund Craft Mela, one of Haryana’s highlights, takes place in the first two weeks of February. The premises of the Suraj Kund, a Lake is decorated according to a particular theme, based on the state of that season. It is a big fair in which almost all states of India take part. Folkdancers from different states perform their dances to entertain the visitors. Special food stalls are displayed by different states at the mela. You buy directly from craftspeople, the quality of displayed goods is very high. You can buy anything from handloom clothes, woolen shawls, jute items, Papermash items to the wooden carved furniture.
Some more swings and rides are added to the already existing rides and swings for more fun. One can see the whole India under one roof at this mela. The folkdancers are awarded according to their popularity i.e according to the crowd which come to see them.
Karnal and Kurukshetra
Karnal is mentioned in the Mahabharata, the great epic. It is here that Nadir Shah, the Persian who took the Peacock Throne from Delhi, defeated the Mughal Emperor, Mohammed Shah, in 1739. The Kurukshetra tank has attracted as many as a million pilgrims during eclipses, when the water is believed to be especially purifying. The great battle between Kaurva's and Pandava's took place in Kurukshetra. It is here, the Lord Krishna gave Gita updesh (Commandment) to Arjuna one of the Pandav brothers.
The gateways of an old Mughal serai (rest house) stand to the west of this village. Shah Jahan built kos minars (milestones) along the road from Delhi to Lahore and serais at longer intervals. Most of the kos minars still stand but there is little left of the various serais.
Panipat is reputed to be one of the most fly- infested places in India-due, it is said, to a Muslim saint buried here. He is supposed to have totally rid panipat of flies, but when the people complained that he had done too good a job he gave them all the flies back, multiplied by a thousand. Panipat is also famous for its handloom items and Pachranga achars and chutney's. It is here where the longest battle was fought.
There many birds, including flamingoes, at Sultanpur's bird sanctuary. September to March is the best time to visit. It is 46km south-west of Delhi.