Since the ancient times of the epic Mahabharata, the region of Karnal has been associated with legendary figures. The ancient scriptures suggest that this regon was named after King Karna, the son of Kunti, who received this area as a gift from the Kauravas
Since then, the region has come under the control of many rulers but continued to incorporate all of their cultural, architectural and religious influences peacefully. So travelers can cover the shrines and tombs of Muslim rulers, the architectural leftovers of the British, and the temples made by the ancient Hindu kings, all in just a day. Today’s Karnal is leading the nation with several cutting-edge industries, research centers and units for manufacturing agricultural implements. It is the birthplace of late NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla, and Pakistan’s first Prime Minister, Liaquat Ali Khan.The local picnic spot of Karna Lake bears the name of King Karna who is also considered the city’s founder. The green surroundings of this lake create a cool, quiet and fresh ambience. A number of facilities are available near the lake, including paddle boating, rowing, gift shops, parks, restaurants and banquet halls. Construction of a small island at the center of Karna Lake is being proposed currently.Cantonment Church Tower is now the only surviving portion of the former St James church. Built from public contribution, this British monument has four levels with a Roman semi-circular arch on the top floor. The tower catches attention with its intricate paneling work. Not far from the town’s outskirts is the tomb of Kalander Shah. Created in the honor of the famous Muslim Saint Ali Kalander Shah, the grave inside has been built using finely sculpted marble. The tomb also contains a fountain reservoir and a mosque.All important Hindu temples in Karnal celebrate the festival of Teej, attended mainly by the local women, with great splendor. Traveling within Karnal is quite comfortable. There are many modes of transportation available here, including Government and private buses, trains, taxis and auto-rickshaws. Travelers from Chandigarh and Delhi will find it quite easy to reach Karnal from National Highway Number 1.Make sure you hire cabs from only licensed transport operators.Places like Karna Lake are known for their natural beauty. As a responsible traveler, be sensitive to local surroundings and the environment. Avoid traveling on highways after late evening
Karnal is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Chandigarh at a distance of 111kms.
Airports: Chandigarh Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Karnal from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Karnal