Kurukshetra, a peaceful town located a distance of 170 km from Delhi, everyday romances with the beautiful sunset turning its clear sky into a reddish color, and dropping its reflection into the waters of Asia’s biggest pond named as Braham Sarovar. The invigorating Sarovar aarti happening over the ghats of Brahma Sarovar during dusk makes the entire evening even more magical. The chants of mantras, the saffron-clad sadhus, the vast expanse of water, the picturesque sunset and all the energy in the surroundings are experienced as just another normal evening in the city of Kurukshetra. It often paints the picture of being a mini-Varanasi in the mind of visitors. It’s still an offbeat tourist destination and free from the crowd.
The story of Kurukshetra dates back to 5000 years ago, popularly known as the land of Mahabharata and the birthplace of Bhagavad Geeta. The nook and corner of this city are dotted with beautiful temples, ponds, and sculptures from Dwapar Yuga. Every place seems to tell a different chapter from the book of Mahabharata. The city of Kurukshetra is also believed to be the cradle of civilization as per Hindu mythology. Did you also know that the first ever Shivlinga was placed in a temple in Kurukshetra, now known as Sthaneshwar Mahadev Mandir?
If you are looking for a peaceful getaway, while enriching your knowledge, then this experience is for you. The drive on NH1 between Delhi and Kurukshetra is a treat to the eyes and the soul of any metro resident as this stretch is bestowed with green farms on both the sides of the road. In the close vicinity of Kurukshetra, lie countless villages still connected with the traditional ways of living. During this trip, we will also be visiting a village which can be labeled as Kurukshetra’s local mini-Punjab where you will have the joy of eating chulha ka khana and get a tractor ride.
1.Breakfast at Amrik Sukhdev: Do you know that people from Delhi drive especially for 50 km to have a scrumptious breakfast at Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba located on National Highway 1? It’s one of the most favorite places on NH1 to have breakfast or any meal of the day. So why not have some aloo ke paranthe and masala chai during our trip to Kurukshetra.
2. Shree Krishna Museum: This museum depicts the life of Lord Krishna, the birth of Bhagavad Gita and the different chapters of Mahabharata. It is also a very insightful place for art lovers as a wide range of paintings and sculptures from different regions of India are kept on display. One can see Chittara, Talapatrachitras, Warli, and Madhubani paintings in different galleries. A fact that comes as a great surprise to the visitors is that the museum also has galleries which exhibit the remains from the civilizations of Harappa and Mohenjodaro.
3. Jyotisar Temple: The temple of Jyotisar marks the beginning of any visitor’s holy trip to Kurukshetra as the place has a 5,000-year old Banyan tree under which Lord Krishna delivered the sermons of Bhagavad Geeta to his warrior friend Arjuna during the war of Mahabharata. The exact spot is depicted by a marble chariot in a transparent glass enclosure under the Banyan tree. There is a little pond in the premises and not to mention that people tie ‘wish threads’ on the branches of this Banyan tree.
4. Dharohar Museum: The word dharohar translates to the ‘heritage’ in English. This museum was set up by Kurukshetra University inside the campus to showcase the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Haryana. Most of the items kept in the museum were donated by local people during the set-up. The galleries of the museum depict the local handicrafts, traditional furniture, houses, occupations, utensils, everyday objects, outfits, etc. One of its open-air galleries is a typical Haryanvi village which looks so beautiful that one would want to live there. This museum is a tribute to the rich heritage of Haryana and gives inspiration to every visitor to keep their culture alive.
5. Brahma Sarovar – Sunset and Aarti: Any visit to Kurukshetra is incomplete without visiting Brahma Sarovar and witnessing the magical evening Aarti during the time of sunset here. It’s the largest man-made pond in Asia and is estimated to be 3600 ft long, 1500 ft broad and 45 ft deep. The entire structure is made from red sandstone. A temple located inside the waters of Brahma Sarovar, accessible by a bridge; make the place even more interesting. All the ghats of Sarovar have been named after the most influential characters of Mahabharata. There is also a giant black stone chariot of Lord Krishna and Arjuna is located on its premises.
6. Chulhe ka Khana: When was the last time you sat next to a hearth made of mud and ate the makke de roti, sarson da saag with lots and lots of homemade butter along with mouthwatering chaach? The food is even tastier when there is a tadka of desi hospitality. Not to mention that all the food ingredients are freshly plucked from the farm. What sounds like a dream for most of us living in metros, is the usual thing for the village folks! Isn’t it delightful?
7. Village Walk and Tractor Ride: Take a deep breath and think of all those Bollywood movies where you saw sarson ke khet, tractor ride, and tube wells. Remember SRK sitting on the tractor in “When Harry met Sejal” or a similar element in DDLJ, Jab We Met and the list goes on. Before lunch, we will go for a walk to understand the local agricultural practices, breath some fresh air, witness the growth of fresh fruits and vegetables or maybe even pluck some of them, visit tube well and take a tractor ride along the village. If you please, you can also try your hands on other activities in the village such as patting cows or milking them (if the timings match).
Start from Delhi at 8 AM
Breakfast stop at Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba in Sonepat
Reach Kurukshetra before noon
Shree Krishna Museum
Dharorahar Haryana Cultural Museum
Sunset and Sarovar Aarti at Brahma Sarovar
Drive to host village
Have desi breakfast
Village Walk (Sunshine, farms and tubewells)
Lunch (Makke di roti, sarson da saag with chaach)
Start Driving to Delhi
Reach Delhi by 8.30 PM
4900 INR (to/fro Delhi)
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