The Mahabharat is an integral part of Indian mythology and religion, captivating and fascinating us for centuries now. It is only natural then that the place, where the epic Mahabharat war is said to have been fought, is also of great significance to the country. It is here that mythological texts and legend tells us that the Pandavas fought the Kurukshetra against Kauravas, and won; it is here that Lord Krishna gave Arjuna the Bhagwad Gita, when the latter was in a terrible dilemma. Kurukshetra has occupied a central position in India’s mythology and in shaping her collective consciousness.
Today, the city of Kurukshetra is a major destination for religious travelers. The city revels in its mythological history, and you’ll see this pride at every step of the way. From statues of chariots carrying the warriors, and ageing ancient monuments, to temples and sacred trees serenading these Gods and the incidents that took place at the time, Kurukshetra is truly a page out of history. If you’ve read the Mahabharat, Kurukshetra should be one of the first cities you visit, and if you haven’t, then there’s no better place to get acquainted with and learn about Hindu mythology.
Kurukshetra is a special treat for religious devotees and history buffs. Discover the spots mentioned in the Mahabharat that have been maintained and preserved by the authorities so that us mortals can quite literally walk in the footsteps of gods and heroes. Head to Brahma Sarovar for a holy dip in the waters, or visit the banyan tree where Krishna handed the Bhagwad Gita to Arjuna, or dip your hands in the tank where Arjuna shot an arrow of water to Bhishma. The city is full of stories and legends that you won’t get tire of hearing. There are also a number of beautiful old temples, mostly dedicated to Lord Shiva or Parvati, where you can go to seek blessings.
Apart from the mythological and religious sites, Kurukshetra is also known for its blossoming abundance of wildlife. There are also a few tombs of Mughal rulers in the area and these are worth a visit because of their stunning architecture.
Just walk around the ancient city and you’re bound to find a new story unraveling at almost every nook and corner.
As Kurukshetra is an important religious tourism destination, the local transport system is rather efficient. Buses are extremely affordable and ply throughout the city. Auto-rickshaws are also easily available throughout the city and offer a more convenient and comfortable option. You can even hire a car, either within Kurukshetra or from Delhi or Chandigarh, and get around the city at your own pace.
On a daily basis there are approximately 31 flights that operate at Chandigarh Airport.SpiceJet, IndiGo and Air India are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
Besides flying you can also reach Kurukshetra through train.Kurukshetra Jnis one of the most popular train stations in Kurukshetra.On an average about 46 trains pass through Kurukshetra on a daily basis.Ambala to Kurukshetra, Panipat to Kurukshetra, Karnal to Kurukshetraare some of the most popular routes to Kurukshetra with 149, 145, 138 trains weekly respectively.
By road Kurukshetra is surrounded by Karnal, Gangoh, Ambala which are 21.36 km, 27.89 km, 28.36 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.
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