A historic city in Haryana, Karnal belongs to the Karnal district. It was originally called Karnalaya, meaning home of Karna. The city is known to be founded during the Mahabharata era by King Karna. It is located almost halfway between Chandigarh and Delhi at about 130 km south and north of the two cities respectively, on the Grand Trunk Road (NH-1). Karnal is a walled city with 10 gates originally, but not all exist today.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Karnal. Some of them are Hotel Gian Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1300), Pearl Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Dreamz Residency (Tariff – Rs. 700) and Hotel Rama (Tariff – Rs. 600).
The official language of Karnal is Hindi.
Karnal celebrates many festivals such as Lohri in January, Gangore in March, Baisakhi in April and Teej in July.
Places of Interest
The important tourist places in the ancient city of Karnal include Karn Taal (1 km), Atal Park (3.5 km), Cantonment Church Tower (7 km), Durga Bhawani Temple (near Karnal Bus Stand), and Karna Lake (10 km).
How to Get There
Karnal has its own airport at about 8 km away from the centre of the city.
Karnal is connected with major cities like Amritsar, Delhi, Jammu, Ludhiana and Chandigarh.
Karnal is well connected by road to Jammu, Manali, Katra, Chandigarh and Delhi. Jamna Travels, Moon Light Travels and City Land Travels are some of private bus operators. Booking bus tickets online from several bus booking websites like Ticketgoose.com is very convenient.