Haryana has a distinct culture and heritage of its own, making it an attractive travel destination. Thanks to its proximity to Delhi, numerous services as well as recreational centers for tourists have been developed in Haryana. Haryana Tourism focuses on cultural, adventure, pilgrim, and golf tourism, as well as on developing crafts centers across different locations.
To attract an increasing number of holidaymakers, Haryana Tourism Development Corporation has taken important steps towards the preservation of heritage sites, development of infrastructure as well as developing new tourist spots across various cities of Haryana. Attractive tourist complexes have been developed at various placaes of interest in the state, that offer comfortable accommodation at affordable prices. Haryana is well known for its folk music, dance, handicrafts, pottery and different kinds of embroidery and weaving. The grand Suraj Kund Crafts Mela organized by Haryana Tourism displays the best of its handloom and handicrafts as well as the colourful culture of Haryana and other Indian states.
Adventure tourism in Haryana attracts many tourists. Haryana became a major Adventure Sport destination of India with the forming of its Adventure Club in November 1991. Rock climbing, river rafting, canoeing trekking and parasailing are some of the adventure sports activities that are conducted at different places in the state including Pinjore gardens, Damadama Lake, Panota Sahib to Hathnikund. Haryana in also noted for golf tourism. The state boasts of two big golf courses owned by Haryana Tourism. Spread over 45 acres, The Aravalli Golf course of Haryana Tourism was designed by Stephen Kay, a renowned golf course architect from the U.S.A in 1988. The other course, named the Highway Golf Course, is a 9-hole course adjacent to the Karna Lake on National Highway 1. Haryana tourism has also started offering "farm holidays" as a form of agritourism.
The best time to visit Haryana is between the months of October to March when the weather is pleasant and cool.
Kurukshetra, Panipat, Sultanpur bird sanctuary, Dumdama Lake, Badhkal Lake, Panchkula, Tilyar Lake, Yadavindra Gardens, Magpie Surajkund, Karna, Prithaviraj ki Kutchery, Morni hills and Thaneswar are key tourist attractions in Haryana. Some other interesting Haryana travel destination include Jyotisar, Dabchik and Pehowa.
By Air : The nearest airport is at Chandigarh, which is well connected with cities of North India like Delhi, Amritsar and Leh. Some cities of Haryana are located in close proximity to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, which gives the state greater access to places in India and abroad.
By Rail : A good network of trains connects all the major places of Haryana to Delhi and other important cities of India. Both the Central and Northern Railways have extensive networks in the state.
By Road : Haryana has an excellent road network to and from the state. Some parts of Haryana come in National Capital Region and are at a short driving distance from Delhi. A good network of National Highways and State Highways also serves other parts of the state.