Have you heard “The Blood Red Soil of Kurukshetra” ? well, today we will open up many eyes about one of the holiest towns of North India called Kurukshetra. There is much more important than just the red soil. However, we will be revealing Kurukshetra red soil places in our post. If you are wondering to know what are the best places to visit in Kurukshetra with family or with friends then you are at the right place.
But yes the land is so holy that once you step in you will feel the purity in the air. This is the land that witnessed the biggest war “Mahabharata”, the land which overheard the holy sermon given by Lord Krishna to Arjuna, the land where rishis compiled Rigveda and Samaveda. Altogether it is a magical city in its simplicity
The legend is as old as the history itself like Varanasi. It is one of the important pilgrimage destinations not only for Hindus but for other religions as well. Kurukshetra is one of the best tourist places in Haryana. There are plenty of places to see in and around Kurukshetra but in this post, we would be compiling only important sites worth paying a visit in Kurukshetra one day trip or in a two-day trip.
1. Brahma Sarovar Complex
Out of all places to visit in Kurukshetra Brahma Sarovar tops the list. Cross the big entrance and you will land at Asia’s largest man-made water tank spreading across 3600 ft in length and 1500 ft broad and around 45 ft deep. It is divided into two parts by a beautifully designed road by artists. This holy place is associated with Lord Brahma, the creator of the Universe. It is said that Brahma created the universe from this land. The tank was excavated by King Kuru, an ancestor of Pandavas and Kauravas.
As per legends, it is said Yudhister constructed a tower in the middle of the pond to celebrate the victory during the biggest war Mahabharata. It is also believed that Duryodhan used it as a place for hiding himself underwater on the final day of the Mahabharat.
Shiva Temple: After crossing the big entrance of the Brahm Sarovar, take a left, and within a few meters, you can reach to Shiva mandir (Sarveshwar Mahadev.) by a concrete bridge in the water and it is believed that the Shivalinga in this temple was installed by Lord Brahma itself.
The holy pond: Sarovar is believed to contain powerful spiritual energies and a holy dip in the water during a solar eclipse is considered equal to a thousand of Asvamedha Yajnas. There are many ghats to change clothes but you need to walk a little bit
At dawn and dusk, it’s magical and you will see lots of local people doing walking on a daily basis, making Facebook live videos/tik-tok videos, etc. Don’t miss out to capture the sunset on the right-hand side of the pond in the evening. During winters several migratory birds stop at the water to quench their thirst en route to their destination.
Activities: You can feed the fishes in this pond, you may bring wheat flour or you can get it there in just INR 10, but watch out your feet it may be very slippery. You may try doing a parikrama of the entire complex, it would be around 4-5 km. You may see people taking baths/swimming in the water body, you may try the same but don’t cross the railing as the water is 45 deep afterward (Tip: wear socks if you are getting into the pond, it will create friction and avoid slips).
Draupadi Kup: Just cross that beautiful road and on the right-hand side there is ancient Draupadi kup along with a small temple dedicated to Lord Khatu Shyam and East facing Hanuman mandir.
Bronze Chariot: On the left side of the road lies the Big Bronze chariot depicting the delivery of a sermon by Lord Krishna to Arjuna. It is a good picture point for all tourists. Don’t miss the evening Aarti happening just behind the chariot on a ghat.
Gita Jayanti: The pool offers a breath-taking sight during the Gita Jayanti celebrations are held each year in the last week of November and early December when a ‘deep daan’ ceremony of floating lamps in water and (Aarti) occurs. The celebration continues for about seven days to praise the birth of Bhagavad Geeta. You can watch shows, dance exhibitions, social missions, displays, holy functions, and competitions that are coordinated. Likewise, some talented craftsmen visit the Brahma Sarovar from all over the country and put their stalls. It is like the mini Surajkund Mela of Faridabad
Around Brahm Sarovar: There are many important and famous mandirs like The Birla Mandir (Laxmi Narayan Temple), Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman Temple, Jai Ram vidya Peeth and Baba Nath’s haveli along with snacks shops. You can find lots of cheap Dharamshala and budget hotels around it as well.
2. Sannihit Sarovar
A little version of Brahma Sarovar (550 ft in width and 1500 ft in length (typified lake) but most religious and the holiest places to see in Kurukshetra. This is believed to be the lasting house of God Vishnu, this holiest water pond is located 500 meters from Brahm Sarovar. This pond has more significance than Brahm Sarovar according to Hindu mythology.
It is believed that all Tirthas assembles here on the day of Amavasya to wash away the collected sins and that’s why bathing on that day or on the day of an eclipse would fetch the fortune of 1000 Ashwamedha yajna. The premises also houses shrines of Dukh Bhanjan Mandir (Shiva Mandir) Dhruv Narayan, Sri Hanuman, Lord Vishnu, Dhruv Bhagat, Laxmi Narayan, and Goddess Durga.
At the time of the solar eclipse, millions of pilgrims gather at this holy spot. Like all other holy cities, you can know about your ancestors from the Purohits (locally known as Pandas) who have been making records of the travelers coming from different parts of the country.
3. Tirupati Balaji Temple
This comes is one of the important religious places to cover in Kurukshetra. A must for religious people. If you have not been able to visit Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) then here is a Golden chance for you to seek the blessing from Lord Tirupati in Kurukshetra itself. Just close to might water body Brahm Sarovar lies the newly build Tirupati Balaji temple dedicated to God Vishnu is a new addition to Kurukshetra. It was built especially for devotees of Lord Tirupati Balaji who resides in the North of this country.
4. Shri Krishna Museum
The biggest museum of Kurukshetra “The Museum” is worth paying a visit if you have some interest in the museum. It showcases the life and mystique of Shri Krishna. It covers Krishna’s multifaceted personalities and adventures as shown in the Mahabharata and the Bhagavata Purana.
It is divided into two blocks with three galleries in each part. Some of the most attractive items on display are stone sculptures, leaf etchings, miniature paintings, bronze castings, clay pottery, and terracotta artifacts.
*Remember most of the museums are closed on Mondays
5. Panorama and Science Center (best place for kids of any age)
It is one of the favorite places to visit in Kurukshetra by kids. The Kurukshetra Panorama and Science Center is a creative learning space that consolidates the best of science with religion. One of its superb attractions is a day-to-day episode like delivering the epic war of Kurukshetra. Stories from the Mahabharat are blended with logical proof that upholds occasions portrayed in our sacrosanct writings.
The works of art portraying this epic fight are 34 ft high and report the eighteen-day encounter between the Pandavas and the Kauravas completely. What makes the experience much more vivid is the play of light and reciting of the Gita behind the scenes.
The center also has an interesting display in its lower level called ‘India: A Heritage in Science, Technology, and Culture’. The display includes intelligent establishments on old Indian ideas of issue, the design of the particle, calculation, number juggling, cosmology, medication, and medical procedure.
Another popular place in the city of Mahabharata, the war actually started from here. Jyotisar or the birthplace of Gita is the most important place in Kurukshetra. There you can see the 5000 years old Banyan Tree from the time of war. In the evening you can witness a splendid light and sound show that is put on every evening in both Hindi and English (check the latest schedule before coming)
7. Banganga (Bhishma Kund)
It is located on the Thanesar-Jyotisar road. You can see a tank (78 x 110 feet in dimension), images of Mahabharat heroes, Bhishma Temple, and a big idol of Hanuman Ji.
Another place telling a story of epic Mahabharata is the place where it is believed that Pitamaha Bhishma (the most powerful person in Mahabharta) lay watching the famous battle after Arjun, created an arrow bed for him after piercing him with his arrows.
When pitamaha was lying way on his bed of arrows, he felt thirsty and requested Arjun for water. To quench his thirst, Arjuna shot an arrow into the ground and there comes a stream of gushing water straightway pouring into his mouth quenching his thirst. The place where the water stream emerged is now known as Bhishma Kund
8. Kalpana Chawla Memorial Planetarium
It is famous for its astronomy shows, galleries with various exhibits, and Astro Park. It plays an important role in developing scientific curiosity among kids and adults.
Kalpana Chawla Memorial Planetarium was created to pay homage to Dr. Kalpana Chawla (a famous astronaut from India who lost her life onboarded a space shuttle Columbia). The planetarium gives non-formal education in astronomy. It was made in 2007 by HSCST (Haryana State Council for Science and Technology)
9. Kurukshetra University
Although popular among young and college goers but a walk or a joy ride of few minutes at the campus of The Kurukshetra University (KUK) I recommend. You will fall in love with the fresh air which always circulates in the campus. The University was established in 1956 and the foundation stone was laid by the late Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of the country. The university is located on the western bank of Brahm Sarover and covers an area of over 400 acres. Read more at Kurukshetra University
10. Dharohar Museum
The Dharohar Museum is located inside the campus of Kurukshetra University. After entering the university from the 2nd gate (don’t go by the 3rd gate) drive 500 meters and on the left side near to auditorium, you will see this small museum which houses the rich architectural and archaeological heritage of Haryana. It also has an open-air theatre for cultural shows and dramas.
*Remember most of the museums are closed on Mondays
11. Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple
There are so many attractions to visit in Kurukshetra, out of these many are temples; this shrine is also one of the important shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated in the old town (Thanesar) this temple is devoted to all mightly Shiva. At this place, Pandavas and Krishna prayed to Shiva and got favors from Mahadev for the triumph in the greatest fight called Mahabharata. No journey of Kurukshetra is accepted to be finished without a visit to this old, sacred sanctuary. During Shivratri, you can see a major reasonable fair of 1 km alongside vendors of bhang.
12. Bhadrakali Mandir
Another religious place to see in Kurukshetra is where the ankle of Goddess Sati had fallen. There are 52 Shakteepeeth of Goddess Sati and this is one of them. The Shaktipeeth Shri Devikoop Bhadrakali Mandir is perhaps the most important pilgrimages in Kurukshetra. As per legend, the Pandavas stopped here to pray before marching off to fight the biggest war Mahabharat.
As per the sacred books, Devi Bhagwati committed Sati when she couldn’t bear the insult of Lord Shiva’s name and reputation. The Angry Shiva paced the lengths and breadths of the universe with her dead body. Thereafter ruler Vishnu chose to slash her dead body into 52 sections with his Sudarshan Chakra to spare Shiva
The various pieces of her body were scattered across the world. The sacred Shaktipeeth sites today are where Maa Sati’s body parts fell on the earth. It is accepted that her right ankle fell at the current area of the Shaktipeeth Shri Devikoop Bhadrakali Mandir in Kurukshetra.
They additionally gave a portion of their horses as a contribution to the temple and since then the tradition of offering miniature horses/clay or mud horses started. In front of the mandir, there is a big park called OP Jindal park. You may spend some time relaxing if the weather is good. There used to be a free light and sound show but as of now, it is not operational.
13. Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb (the only place with red soil in Kurukshetra)
Out of all places to visit in Kurukshetra, Sheik Chaheli’s Tomb is attracting all the love birds. You will see youngsters hand in hand and having some sweet kisses. This is the burial place which is a captivating complex containing two burial places, a Mughal Garden, and a Madrassa. The essential burial place in the complex has a place with Sheik Chaheli, a Qadiriyya Sufi expert from the court of Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh. It is octagonal in shape with a passageway in the south. It’s quite popular for the young breed to date
This is the only red soil place in Kurukshetra and that is not related to the blood of the martyred of Mahabharta war. There is no other red soil place in Kurukshetra.
The ancient pieces recuperated from the unearthings at Harsh ka Tilla and Bhagwanpura (both falling flat in the region of Kurukshetra) are shown in two little exhibition halls of the madrasa building. It’s a good picture spot for tourists
14. Raja Harsha ka Tila
Adjoining Sheikh Chilli’s tomb you will see a lush green area, this is not a golf course but Raja Harsha ka Tila is a huge archeological site in Kurukshetra. Archeological findings in this area have uncovered the presence and remnants of a few ancient settlements. Found material (excavation) traces all the way back to urban areas that existed as far back as the first century AD. Relics found at Raja Harsha Ka Tila were instrumental in sorting out the chronicles of six recorded and social periods. This region is perhaps the most entrancing spot to visit in Kurukshetra.
15. Shopping & Food
What to do in Kurukshetra after visiting temples and all that? what is special in Kurukshetra? How can we forget shopping and food at any destination? You would love to be pampered with delicious food and some shopping. We recommend just the Main Bazaar for the shopping (to get garments/utensils, showpieces, paintings, any item you name it except the items related with prayers/wooden articles these are widely available around Brahm Sarovar) along with plenty of roadside snacks outlets which are famous (mostly comes live in the evening).
There are few good eating places to visit in Kurukshetra for food lovers. Some famous food you can taste in Kurukshetra is Chholey Bhature of “Delhi Waaley Ke Chholey Bhature” (on railway road), Sohal Lal ki Tikki (near Gol Bank on railway road), Kaaney ki Tikki (in the main bazaar), chaap in the food market (sector 17), if you are traveling in summer around July you will get a chance to taste “Pundri Ki Firni” and “Khoye Wala Ghevar” in the main bazaar. There are good restaurants as well from the budget to the upper-middle range. If you are keen on high standards then choose restaurants of good hotels like Clarks inn, Hotel Saffron, Pearl Mark and many more.
FAQ about best places to visit in Kurukshetra:
How to reach Kurukshetra?
By Road: Well connected by National Highway 44, 160 kms from Delhi, 100 kms from Chandigarh.
By Train: Well connected by trains. Station: Kurukshetra junction (KKDE), thanesar junction (TNDE)
What are the best hotels in Kurukshetra? (get the best deals here)
Mid Range Hotels: Hotel Kimaya, Hotel 9th Planet, Krishna Palace (at Brahma Sarovar), Hotel Ambros (on NH 44)
Budget Hotels: Hotel Pearl Mark (in the city)
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What is Kurukshetra famous for? I am sure you get an idea about it now, right. Well!! we have just covered the best places to visit in Kurukshetra in one day or two days, however, there are more places to visit near Kurukshetra (like Pehowa, Shahabad, Faral, Hathira, and many more) but that would require few more days in Kurukshetra. For your reference, you can read more about these at the official site of Kurukshetra.
There are no places to visit at night in Kurukshetra except a beautiful stroll at Brahma Sarovar late evening (not at night). There are cheap Dharamshala, budget hotels easily available on the spot anywhere. We recommend taking the service of a quality guide to explore this holy town which is very simple in its nature. Last but not least we leave you with a question, kindly answer in the comment section: Is Kurukshetra worth visiting?