The vibrant state of Haryana presents a vivid kaleidoscope of diverse landscapes, showcasing magnificent archaeology, and celebrating art and culture. A state that has transcended on a journey and preserved the best of both the worlds – the footprints of the bygone eras and a futuristic vision. Haryana is unique in many ways. The land has been referred to as ‘the heaven on the earth’ in an ancient Sanskrit inscription. The Indus Valley and Vedic civilizations flourished here. Haryana has also witnessed several historical battles, including the battles at Panipat and has lent canvas for the epic battle of Mahabharata at Kurukshetra.
Kurukshetra, a city where history and legend come together…a city of myths, great battles and empires… A city whereLord Krishna preached His Philosophy of ‘Karma’ as enshrined in the Holy Bhagwad-Gita to Arjuna at Jyotisar. Here lies a confluence of profound streams of faiths like Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism.
What Is Haryana Tourism And What Does It Do?
Haryana Tourism Corporation (HTC) was constituted as a Public Limited Company under the Companies Act, 1956 on May 1, 1974. As an agent of the Government of Haryana, Haryana Tourism Corporation runs and maintains 44 Tourist Complexes spread across the state of Haryana.
The primary function of the Tourism Department is to develop tourism infrastructure in the state. The development of tourism in public sector is done by way of funds received from the State Government in its annual/five year plans. In addition, the Tourism Department makes efforts to get maximum possible central financial assistance from Government of India for creation of tourism infrastructure. Once developed and furnished the tourist complexes are handed over to the Haryana Tourism Corporation for their maintenance and operation as an agent of the State Government.
The expenditure on the maintenance of infrastructure of tourist complexes is also borne by the Tourism Department for which funds are provided in the non-plan budget every year. Similarly, funds are also provided for publicity of the tourism infrastructure of the State. As on date the department has set up a network of 42 tourist complexes spreading all over the State. These Tourist Complexes offer visitors lodging, dining, recreational activities, Restaurant, Bars, Liquor Vends, Tourist taxis, Petrol Pumps, Swimming Pool, Health Club, Golf Club, Lakes, boating, etc. Haryana Tourism also organises and hosts Surajkund International Crafts Mela which is held in Faridabad 20 km away from Delhi every year in the first fortnight of February.
Objectives Of Haryana Tourism
- To promote Haryana as a leading tourist destination
- To identify key tourist destinations within Haryana and promote them outside.
- To provide auxiliary support in developing key tourist destinations.
- To provide highest quality hospitality services to tourists.
- To broaden and diversify the concept of tourism from Highway Tourism to Eco Tourism, Adventure Tourism, Pilgrim Tourism, Farm Tourism, Golf Tourism, Medical Tourism and Heritage Tourism etc. in order to meet new market requirements.
- To ensure higher returns to government, through financial and social viable projects, and thereby provide employment.
Who Heads Haryana Tourism?
The Tourism Department Haryana came into existence in the year 1966 when the State of Haryana was created as a separate State from joint Punjab. The office of the Tourism Department Haryana is located at SCO 17-19, Sector –17 B.
The Tourism Department is headed by the Director General. The Director General is the overall Incharge of the Management and supervision of the department. The Director General is assisted by one Additional Director and one Joint Director, two Deputy Directors and other supporting staff to carry out the functions of the department.
What Are The Biggest Attractions Haryana Has to Offer?
It is a popular pilgrim destination as this ancient land was the battleground of the famous Mahabharata war. Dating back to 2800 BC, the land is where Lord Krishna preached Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna on the eve of the epic war. Here are the leading tourist attractions in Kurukshetra. Brahma Sarovar, Sannihit Sarovar, Shiekh Chili Tomb are some of the attractions here.
Chandigarh earns the unique distinction of being the capital to two states – Punjab and Haryana. Considered the best planned city in India, Chandigarh has preserved its ancient beauty while keeping in line with the modern world. Here are the top attractions in Chandigarh. The Rock Garden, Government Museum and Art Gallery, sarkaria Cactus Garden, Leisure Valley, Butterfly Park are some of the attractions here.
Gurgaon is the second largest city in the state of Haryana. The land has spiritual importance as it finds place in Mahabharata. It adds to Haryana’s overall contribution in industrial sector with its amazing infrastructure. No wonder it has emerged as the state’s corporate capital. The tourist attractions in Gurgaon include Sultanpur National Park Bird Sanctuary, Badshahpur Fort, Damdama Lake, Kingdom of Dreams.
The only hill station in Haryana, Morni is a scenic delight. The lush greenery and the dense forests make you feel oneness with nature. This is the right place to land if you love trekking. Boating and cycling facilities are also available here. Here are some interesting places to visit and do in Morni Hills. The famous Gurudwara Nada Sahib and Mansa Devi Temple are here.
The Historical monuments of Haryana are:
Ambala: There is famous- Amba Devi Temple and Bishop Deal Church.
Kurukshetra: Brahmsarovar, Karna ka Tila, Shekh-Chili’s Tomb and many ancient temples.
Kaithal: Razia Sultan’s Tomb, Tomb of Faquir Shah Kamal, Mosque of Sheikh Tayyab etc.
Faridabad: Dargah of Ahmed Chisti, Raja Nahar Singh Fort, Attali Fort, Sun Temple etc.
Hisar: Gujari Mahal, Lat Ki Masjid, Tomb of Mir Tijarah, Hansi Fort etc.
Bhiwani: Khaki Baba Ka mandir, Gauri-Shankar Temple.
Mahendragrah: Mausoleum of Shah Ibrahim, Tomb of Shah Quli Khan, Birbal Ka chatta etc.
Gurgaon: Shish Mahal, Shiv Kund etc.
Jind: Bhuteshvara Temple, Kalayat Temple, Rani Talaab, Hatkeshwar Dham etc.
Karnal: Fort of Prithvi Raj Chauhan etc.
Panipat: Tomb of Ibrahim Lodhi, Kala Amb, Panipat Museum, Devi Temple, Hali Park etc.
Rohtak:Gaukaran Dera, Khokharakot, Daksh Khera, Baba Mastnaath Dera Herbal Garden etc.
Challenges Faced By Haryana Toursim
- Lack Of Human Resources Development: The staff in Haryana Tourism Complexes are not seem well trained and experienced; the tourists are highly unsatisfied.
- Marketing: Haryana, the birthplace of Rigveda and Mahabharta is not achieving its potential tourist inflow in the absence of right way of marketing. There is need to target market for Haryana on which base marketing policy should implement. A separate Marketing Cell should set up in the Tourism Department for marketing the State in co-ordination with the northern States.
- Logistics, Public Transport and Infrastructure: Efforts should be made to plan special trains in collaboration with Indian Railways with stopover at Kurukshetra and Pinjore in order to attract tourists. Special buses should be planned in coordination with Haryana Roadways and private tour operators for visits to tourist destinations.