Area: 44,212sq kms
Population Density: 384 per sq km
Principal Languages: Hindi, Punjabi
Literacy Rate: 55.3%
Religion: Hindus 89.35%, Sikhs 6.2%, Muslims 4.05%, Christians
Best time to visit: October-March
Major crops: Barley, cotton, millets, oilseeds, pulses, rice,
Mines & Minerals: Limestone, marble, sulphur,
Industries: Automobile, cement, dairy, sugar, textiles, paper,
¤ The Historic Perspective
Tourists from all over the world flock to this place for a walk down
some important chapters of Indian history.
Cradled by the Himalayas in the north and the Aravallis in the south,
the plains here are covered with those battle sites that have formed
Haryana tourism highlights the famous battles of Panipat, which makes
it a land with a glorious history. One of its important destinations
is Kurukshetra, where Lord Krishna imparted the message of the Bhagwad
Gita to the Pandava warrior, Arjuna.
An important event in the calendar is the Suraj Kund Crafts Mela that
takes place at Gurgaon, on the Delhi-Haryana border in the first two
weeks of February. Famous for its various excavation sites, Haryana
has a rich and varied history - it has witnessed the rise and fall of
many an empire. Haryana is coming up as a attractive travel
destination due to its close proximity to Delhi, a number of services
as well as recreational centers for tourists have come up.
With its excavation sites, Haryana takes you back to pre-historic
times. It also boasts of various industrial towns and pilgrim centers.
The state of Haryana has a distinctive character of its own.
¤ The Picturesque Location
Haryana is cradled amongst the Shivaliks, the lowest Himalayan range
and the Aravallis that places it at quite a favorable location. An
elaborate network of rivulets and canals ensures an abundant water
supply even though no major river runs through the area. During the
monsoon the region is quite attractive as a carpet of grass covers the
hills where one can spot foxes, mongooses, jackals and occasionally a
lone tiger or panther.
¤ A Modern State
The majority of the population is Hindus, other religions are also
followed here. Enriched with a colorful culture and heritage, the
state blends the modern with the traditional way of life.
Although it is a modern state with good transportation facilities and
important industries, Haryana's prime occupation remains agriculture.
It has an intricate irrigation network as well as a few deposits of
¤ Arts & Crafts
In this state dominated by villages, craftsmanship is largely
confined to pottery and various kinds of embroidery and weaving.
Theatre, an integral part of the state, is very popular attraction in
Harayana tourism, with the themes revolving around mythology and
¤ Music & Dance
The tradition of music and dance goes back to the times when India
was the land of kings and queens, princes and princesses. The people
have simple tastes and preferences and have their own distinctive